Tory Burch debuted the brand’s home collection in Europe launching the ‘Dodie Thayer for Tory Burch Lettuce Ware Collection’ during the international furniture and design show, the Salone del Mobile.
Tory Burch together with Wallpaper Magazine tapped British designer Bethan Laura Wood to create artwork inspired by the Lettuce Ware collection; and the installation was unveiled at the designer’s new flagship in Milan’s Via della Spiga.
Self-taught, the Florida-based Thayer began selling her ceramics in the shape of green lettuce or cabbage leaves in the Sixties. Her customers included Jacqueline Kennedy, C.Z. Guest, the Duchess of Windsor and Brooke Astor.
“I’m not afraid of color or pattern, two of my favorite [elements] and strong inspiration,” Wood said.
“I loved the whole story, and I had fun researching cookbooks and recipes, and the style of entertaining from the Sixties and Seventies.”
The lettuce ware will be displayed in a dedicated area of the brand’s flagships in Milan, London and Munich. It will also be available on toryburch.com and on the brand’s European e-commerce sites. Burch will open a Paris unit summer 2015. Ahead of her trip to Milan for the Salone, Burch said she decided to team up with Thayer because she has admired her work for years. “I was always drawn to the perfect shade of lettuce green. When we began working on our home collection, one of the things I kept referencing was Dodie’s work. I reached out to her and she was interested in collaborating with us. She is an extraordinary woman and entrepreneur.