The Elder Statesman and RP Miller have collaborated on a collection of tabletop home goods that celebrate handmade craft and heritage expertise. Between Greg Chait, Rodman Primack and Rudy Weissenberg, there is a shared love of artisans and the opportunity to collaborate with talented makers across the globe has been especially gratifying. Each piece is special individually and together creates a whimsical story that is defined by inherent qualities of craft.
Available exclusively on rpmillerdesign.com, the collection is comprised of three categories: ceramics, drinking vessels and linens.
Talavera Ceramics have been handmade in Mexico since the 17th Century, though production almost died until a few artists and collectors helped reestablish the craft in the early 20th century. The Elder Statesman and RP miller are working with a female-lead Talavera studio to create the tableware. Each place setting is a true mash up of The Elder Statesman themes with traditional Talavera motifs. No two pieces are identical, as the entire process is handmade.
- Four patterns available: bear, palm grove, bonsai, planets - Full place setting includes: charger, dinner plate, salad/dessert plate, bowl, coffee cup and saucer - Big serving platters also available in each pattern
Glassware is made exclusively with a family-run glassblowing studio in Venice, Italy. Because each piece is handmade, the design is highly personal and meant to evoke the unique dyeing for which The Elder Statesman is recognized – a clear base with natural air bubbles and flashes of yellow, red and blue. Four different sized glasses include champagne, water, white and red wine.
Wood Tumblers are made in Guatemala – “whiskey” shaped carved from various hardwoods. The two styles differ in size, form and treatment.
Linens are hand stitched and dyed with 100% Belgian linen. The Elder Statesman and RP Miller chose to work with a small studio in Colombia to make placemats, napkins, and tablecloths. Again, each piece has been individually hand dyed, stitched and frayed in three colors: yellow, red and blue.