Aerin Lauder Has The Chicest Ceramics for Your End-of-Summer Soirée
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In Eastern Long Island, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more glamorous hostess than Aerin Lauder, the granddaughter of cosmetics mogul Estée Lauder, and founder of her own namesake lifestyle brand. At her Hamptons dinner parties, the table is always dressed with perfectly-arranged flowers, crisp table linens, and, of course, hand-painted dinnerware collected over time. This month, the designer can add another set to her chic lineup, courtesy of New York–based ceramics brand The Setting.
After discovering several of the minimalistic designs handcrafted by the small studio on Instagram, Lauder enlisted co-founders Amanda Shine and Billur Kazaz to create a collection of customizable plates and bowls that recall the spirit of summer days on Long Island’s East End. With Lauder choosing the subdued colorways and organic shapes, The Setting designed the pieces completely by hand in Brooklyn, keeping the energy of the Hamptons in mind.
“I decided to choose a blue and white palette for these pieces,” says Lauder. “It brings back memories of my childhood in Long Island with my grandmother, Estée. She always used these colors when entertaining in the Hamptons.”
Upholding her grandmother’s legacy as a domestic doyenne, Lauder purposes the pieces in a way that allows partygoers to feel comfortable in her home. “I love using them as ice cream bowls in the summertime, but you can also put candy or homemade potato chips in them all year around the house,” she says. “It makes guests immediately feel at home.”
That type of effortless ease is what Hamptons living is all about, and The Setting’s collection, naturally-shaped and hand-dipped in blue to create ocean-like bubbles, are the perfect medium. “I think functional simplicity paired with customization is exactly what people love when designing a home at the beach,” says Shine, who grew up in Southampton. “It’s meant to be beautiful but not necessarily precious. Our ceramics are handmade and hearty—a nod to the Hamptons’ dedication to art and nature; two elements so carefully nurtured within the community.”
The Setting’s three-piece customizable collection is available at Aerin Southampton, with prices ranging from $95 to $145. Allow three to six weeks to receive the customized piece, inscribed with a special saying or icon.