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Thanksgiving Table: Matt Armendariz

by Maxwell Tielman


Thanksgiving can be a wonderful time. It’s one of the few holidays that require no presents, merely food, family and friends. It provides a warm closure to the fall season and a calm before the hustle and bustle of winter festivities. On the other hand, it can also be a very stressful time. If you’re anything like most Americans in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, you’ll be spending hours in overcrowded supermarkets, fighting for the last turkey and fretting over whether anybody will notice that you’re using boxed stuffing. Between making sure that you accommodate your entire family’s varied tastes and trying to remember if you ordered the correct pies, you might not even have time to think about table settings. Food is certainly the primary concern of any Thanksgiving host, and as a result, table preparation can often fall by the wayside.

Fear not, readers! Design*Sponge has you covered! We’ve asked some of our favorite artists, designers and shop owners for their takes on the Thanksgiving table setting. Each day for the next two weeks, we will be sharing one setting that features ideas and products for crafting a beautiful and appetizing Thanksgiving scene. Our first table setting comes from LA-based photographer Matt Armendariz. — Max

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This year has been particularly fun and joyful, and I wanted my Thanksgiving table to reflect this. A departure from past years’ monochromatic themes, I chose bold jewel tones of purples, greens and fuchsia accented with the gold and orange of flowers. Because I love mixing clean, straight lines with organically formed shapes, I mixed gold flatware from DVF with plates and soup bowls from ceramist Jan Burtz, along with many of her larger serving pieces, like platters and bowls, for serving food. The salt and pepper pinch bowls are from Elephant Ceramics.


For quick place cards, I used wrapping paper cut into squares and tied to gourds with blue string.


For stemware, I chose a mix of new and vintage gray glasses in a variety of heights and shapes because there are usually lots of different types of wine at Thanksgiving.


And my flowers, from my local shop here in Long Beach called Sweet Peas Flowers, bring so much life to the table, and it’s the one thing I never skimp on for Thanksgiving. Flowers can transform a table easier than anything else, and adding a few simple fall leaves and persimmons to the table can fill in the blanks while adding pops of color.

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