As much as he loves flowers, sometimes designer and event planner Matthew Robbins prefers to work with food. He might let the whole meal itself take center stage or simply pull together a rustic grouping of fruit and leaves -- no containers needed.
This year, he's gravitating toward the golds and greens of pears. And the still lifes he created, captured here so beautifully by Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell, caused me to start noticing pears everywhere.
Like this 1970s shagreen-covered box by Maitland Smith at Epoca.
And Charles Lang Freer's pear-shaped Goryeo period (late 13th-early 14th century) Korean stoneware bottle with black and white inlays under celadon glaze. It's now in the collection of the Freer Sackler Galleries.
Then there was this circa 1620 Japanese writing table at the V & A. According to the Museum, the materials are "wood, covered with gold and silver takamaki-e (high sprinkled picture) and nashiji (pear-skin ground) lacquer, with gold and silver details."
Although this branch with pear -- a design for silk weaving -- is thought to be French, it was found in the Leman Album, a leather-bound collection of 18th-century British weaver/designer James Leman's watercolor designs for textiles. The V & A says the seemingly uncomplicated design shows points rentrés modeling.
Getting more abstract, a detail of an antique Anatolian rug with a striking pear-colored field via Galerie Shabab.
ceramic vase by Japan's Tomiya Matsuda (1939-2011).