Ken Fulk Curates a Collection of Whimsical Pieces for an Exuberant Spring Table

A savant at conceiving stunningly beautiful restaurants, hotels, and residential interiors, the designer details the elements he would select for an equally glamorous tablescape

Ken Fulk. Photo: John Dolan

The spaces that San Francisco designer Ken Fulk conjures are sweeping in their exuberant execution and meticulous in their fantastical detail. A Galerie Creative Mind, Fulk has orchestrated magical interiors for unforgettable destinations such as ZZ’s Club in New York and Miami or a schloss in Austria, as well as hotels from coast to coast.

Of course, when it comes to entertaining, the designer has an equally discerning eye, selecting whimsical elements that add panache to the table. From boisterous arrangements of lush blooms to playful, unexpected objets and elegant tapers in sherbet shades, Fulk’s place settings are as theatrical as his interiors, and as dapper as the designer himself.

Here, Fulk selects unique and special pieces for a personality-filled spring luncheon with just the right hint of Southern hospitality.

Creative Candles tapers in Barely Blush. Photo: Courtesy of Creative Candles

1. Creative Candles Tapers

“They come in a palette of perfect colors to make any table, any time of year. I use the Barely Blush color on all my dining tables.”

Qual Ceramics Lab salt and pepper shakers from Clove & Creek. Photo: Courtesy of Clove & Creek

2. Lab Salt and Pepper Shakers from Clove & Creek

“Doggie salt and pepper shakers from a charming shop in my beloved Provincetown. This is the perfect hostess gift for any dog lover (and priced well enough to keep a pair for myself).”

Flour Baker + Cafe coconut cake. Photo: Courtesy of Goldbelly

3. Flour Bakery + Cafe Coconut Cake

“My favorite way to end a casual Sunday supper is with a light-as-air coconut cake, served atop an antique silver tray. A throwback from my Southern upbringing, it remains the pinnacle of hospitality.”

Faux leather bar in the style of Jacques Adnet from 1stdibs. Photo: Courtesy of 1stdibs

4. Dry Bar

“When hosting a party, I’m a big a fan of a proper dry bar—whether fashioned from an existing console or purpose made. There’s no better way to showcase all the beautiful trappings for a well-made cocktail as well as your bartending skills!”

Photo: Courtesy of Laduree

5. Laduree Centerpiece

“If you’re looking for an unexpected centerpiece, look no further than the famed Parisian macaron house, Laduree. Presenting in my favorite shade of green packaging, the towers range from custom macaron pyramids to traditional Croquembouche.”

Photo: Courtesy of Ken Fulk

Photo: Courtesy of Ken Fulk

6. Flowers

“I mark every and any occasion with flowers. We have a talented team of folks to make them in what we affectionately call Mr. Fulk’s Flower Factory. They are the most exuberant arrangements I’ve seen, having steadily evolved from my directive 20 years ago: ‘Let’s do one enormous bouquet that feels perfectly imperfect like it’s been dragged in from the garden.’”

Ruinart rose.

7. Ruinart Rosé

“My favorite to drink, serve, and gift because it is not only the oldest operating Champagne house in the world, but also because the color is simply perfect.”

Ginori 1735 Oriente Italiano flat plate in Cipria. Photo: Courtesy of Ginori 1735

Ginori 1735 Oriente Italiano large oval platter in Porpora. Photo: Courtesy of Ginori 1735

8. Ginori 1735 Oriente Tableware

“After years of collecting dinnerware in sets and sizes of every pedigree, my latest favorite is Ginori’s Oriente Italiano. It’s nearly impossible to choose a colorway so I am dreaming of a full mix-and-match table paired with my colorful collection of Depression glassware.”


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