Napkins with a Twist: Fabulous Folds with Flair for Every Occasion

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Artisan Books, 2006 - Cooking - 144 pages
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Mixing whimsy and elegance, celebrity event designer David Stark fashions stylish setups for every occasion.
When magazines want to know what's going to be in style next, they ask tastemaker David Stark. Here, in "Napkins with a Twist, Stark turns his unerring eye to the art of the perfect table setting and presentation, focusing on the quick, inexpensive, and endlessly creative possibilities offered by simple squares of fabric. From whimsical to formal, everyday to evening, these napkin folds encompass everything from classics such as the French fold and the peacock to Stark's own innovative designs, as well as famous signature folds-- from Buckingham Palace to the White House, The Pierre in New York to the Greenbrier in West Virginia, Michael Bras Restaurant in France to Delmonico's in New York. Additionally, Stark takes a peek inside some of the world's most luxurious dining halls-- the captain's black-tie table on the "Titanic, the chic Napa Valley dining room of The French Laundry-- and reveals how the best in the business put just the right touches on their starched linens. Accompanied by both beautiful color photographs and practical, step-by-step photos, "Napkins with a Twist is a much-needed breath of fresh air in this surprisingly fertile little niche and is destined to become the new classic in the field.

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Not for use with napkin rings!

User Review  - ceciliaanne -

I bought this book because I was looking for some different ideas for folding napkins w/ rings but there was only two possible designs. This large hard cover book is beautifully illustrated with easy ... Read full review

Napkins with a twist

User Review  - babedoll -

Very informative. I learned some new ways to fold napkins. Good step by step instructions. If you love to decorate your table, this book will help add a festive touch to the overall presentation. Read full review


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David Stark is the president and creative director of one of New York's esteemed event-planning firms, David Stark Design & Production, which creates elaborate events hosted by New York's elite, including the New York City Opera, MoMA, Sotheby's, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Target. His wildly inventive ideas have been featured in magazines such as InStyle Home, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Traditional Home, and Modern Bride, and he has appeared on national television shows including Martha Stewart Living, Martha, Today, and The View. The author of Napkins with a Twist and co-author of To Have and To Hold and Wild Flowers, Stark lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Michael Henry Adams studied at Columbia University and is one of the foremost authorities on the architecture and culture of Harlem. He has been featured in countless articles on the architecture and preservation of Harlem. He has also written for the New York Times and numerous other leading newspapers and magazines. He is the author of Harlem Lost and Found, which was the basis for a 2004 Museum of the City of New York exhibit.
Photographer Mick Hales's work has appeared in such magazines as House and Garden, Vanity Fair, Architectural Record, and Town and Country. His books include Monastic Gardens, New York Apartments, and Gardens Around the World.

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