Typography at the Table

David Stark was the event designer for the 125th year anniversary of the Metropolitan Opera, and I LOVE his idea for the centerpieces. “Instead of over-the-top flowers and dripping crystals, fonts were our muse. Exploded, cropped, varied in type and color, the array of graphics not only provided a wonderful walk through the Opera’s historic identities in print but it transformed the tent into a three dimensional collage. Elegant banners gently fluttered above vases and luminaries wrapped with glowing prints from every time period. It didn’t really matter if you could read all of the text. We often cropped at such extreme angles to simply celebrate the sheer form of the lettering and push it into the realm of pattern.”

What a great idea! Being a huge fan of typography, I love this idea for luminaries, and I think it could totally work for a wedding. You could incorporate lyrics from your favorite songs, letters written to each other, simple graphics, so many ways to incorporate this idea. Yes, this might take awhile to create, but i think it would give such a modern statement – and be totally unique! What do you guys think?

david stark

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  1. Oh I love this! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I think this is amazing. I’m in love with fonts.

  3. This is really really cool.

  4. I just chatted with someone yesterday about how to create an awesome centerpiece without using tons of flowers! These are GREAT!

  5. That’s a bit too busy for my taste.

  6. Oh, yes! I agree. Give me type over flowers ANY day!

  7. how unique…it’s so prettttty.

  8. oh my god … i am a HUGE lover of typography, i LOVE designing with font. this just might be the BEST thing i have EVER seen… now i just gotta run this by the hubby.

  9. OOOOOooooh how I LOVE this. This makes my heart so happy. There is so much character and personality to those types… LOVE! xoxo Shannon Renee

  10. Love these lanterns. Perfect for a graphic designer’s wedding. Keep the ideas coming!

  11. david’s always so clever. i think this is so fun!

  12. How did you make these? What paper did you use?


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