“Just like my grandmother Estée, I’ve never been afraid of color,” says Aerin Lauder. Lauder has worked for more than 20 years at her grandmother’s famous beauty company, founded more than a half-century ago; this summer she’s launching her own beauty, housewares and fashion line under the Aerin label. Her legendary grandmother’s influence is evident in Aerin’s designs, as well as in the way she sets her table for dinner parties at home. For instance, she mixes graphic coral plates by Sydney Albertini with bright hydrangeas and pale-blue glasses at the East Hampton, New York, estate that once belonged to Estée. While her grandmother loved to set out little bowls of candy or kumquats to decorate the table, Aerin often takes a more playful approach, filling bowls with stones, seashells or even her sons’ toy action figures. “That whole idea of embellishment, and a certain level of style detail, is something my grandmother handed down to me,” she says. Estée also left Aerin a substantial china collection, which she still uses and has added to over the years. “That formal style of entertaining is really fun when you first get married,” she says. “But my tastes have changed, and now I like a more fun, casual mood.” On the next page, Aerin shows how she uses Estée’s heirloom china pieces as inspiration for her own modern style. aerin.com.
Aerin Lauder Sets Four Tables
Lauder’s china ranges from elegant (vintage Spode) to out-there (Damien Hirst). Here, table settings in four distinct styles.
Vintage Spode plate inherited from Lauder’s grandmother.
Savoy Champagne saucer by LSA. $50 for 2; lekkerhome.com.
Cabbage plate by Todd Alexander Romano, from Lauder’s collection.
Ba tumbler by Nouvel Studio. $22; nouvelstudio.com.
Superstition plate by Damien Hirst. $20,000 for 12 pieces; gagosian.com.
All-Time flatware. $150 for 24 pieces; alessi.com.
Théorème glass by St. Louis. $225; 212-835-6448.
Steel La Pliée chair. $710 for 2; ligne-roset-usa.com.
Bespoke plate by Sydney Albertini. sydneys.us.
Water hyacinth mat. $26; bloomingdales.com.