DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: David Stark
This month, we took a page from David Stark Design & Production. Their team added a great twist to our classic lanterns for this DIY design project.
At a recent event they updated Jamali’s classic Square Iron Lanterns by adding pre-woven seat caning, creating an original and elegant tablescape. The surprise and fun of any event often comes when you combine a familiar object with an everyday material. The caning is an easy and affordable material that adds depth and texture. When illuminated, the caning creates a soft and nuanced light.
In a few simple steps anyone can craft this look; and it’s not just for large events. These lanterns would look great on a sideboard, hung from a wall, as an entry moment, lining a foot path, or grouped together in various sizes for an elegant centerpiece. So often it’s a simple and inexpensive detail that can effortlessly transform a functional object. Try it out and let us know what you think!
TO MAKE THESE YOU WILL NEED:
Carefully bend the metal tabs that hold the glass in place and remove the glass on all sides of the lantern as well as the door. You will have four pieces of glass.
Lay your caning flat on a cutting surface and use the glass to trace and cut the caning with a heavy-duty utility knife. You can also mark the caning with a pencil and cut it with heavy-duty scissors like the ARS Multi-Purpose House & Garden Shears, which can also be purchased from JamaliGarden.com.
Place the cut caning on top of the glass and insert back into the lantern with the caning facing out. Bend the metal tabs back into place to secure the caning and glass. Each lantern fits up to a 3-inch pillar candle. Light a candle of your choice and place inside. Voila!
See more stunning party ideas and event inspiration in David Stark’s book The Art of the Party.