There’s no denying dbO Home ceramics are as captivating as they are complementary to food. Top chefs Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Dan Barber use dbO Home in their restaurants. Serving pieces regularly appear on the pages of Martha Stewart Living and Food & Wine. “Everything I do is based around plating food,” says designer Dana Brandwein, “although these pieces also work well on a desk or in a bathroom.”
Left: Spring blooms surrounding the dbO Home studio; Brandwein sanding a serving bowl.
A self-taught potter, Brandwein forages for wildflowers, sources honeycomb from a beekeeping neighbor, and uses local wood to create the textured surfaces dbO Home pieces are best known for. Pick up a thick glazed plate or a rough-hewn tinted goblet and you’ll instantly feel that someone’s hands rolled, cut, sanded, and formed each special shape.
Left: Brandwein gathers wild Queen Anne’s lace and rolls the flowers into slabs of clay before firing.