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Napkins with a Twist: Fabulous Folds with Flair for Every Occasion Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing, Inc. (June 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579652964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579652968
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Mixing whimsy and elegance, celebrity event designer David Stark fashions stylish setups for every occasion.

When magazines want to know what’s going to be in style next, they ask tastemaker David Stark. Here, in Napkins with a Twist, Stark turns his unerring eye to the art of the perfect table setting and presentation, focusing on the quick, inexpensive, and endlessly creative possibilities offered by simple squares of fabric. From whimsical to formal, everyday to evening, these napkin folds encompass everything from classics such as the French fold and the peacock to Stark’s own innovative designs, as well as famous signature folds—from Buckingham Palace to the White House, The Pierre in New York to the Greenbrier in West Virginia, Michael Bras Restaurant in France to Delmonico's in New York. Additionally, Stark takes a peek inside some of the world’s most luxurious dining halls—the captain’s black-tie table on the Titanic, the chic Napa Valley dining room of The French Laundry—and reveals how the best in the business put just the right touches on their starched linens. Accompanied by both beautiful color photographs and practical, step-by-step photos, Napkins with a Twist is a much-needed breath of fresh air in this surprisingly fertile little niche and is destined to become the new classic in the field.

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As sweet as a love note, as welcome as a holiday, as easy as pie.

Take simple squares of cloth, succinctly written directions, and clearly photographed steps and create fantastic napkin folds that transform your table into a showpiece.

Mixing whimsy and elegance, celebrity event designer David Stark fashions stylish setups for every occasion. In Napkins with a Twist, Stark turns his unerring eye to the art of the perfect table setting, focusing on the quick, inexpensive, and creative.

From everyday to evening, children's parties to black-tie affairs, a clever napkin fold turns any gathering into a memorable event. Classic folds such as the Tuexedo Fold, together with Stark's own innovative designs—including the wildly fun Fortune Cookie and Sushi Roll folds—make setting the table a no-brainer.

Folds from Buckingham Palace and the Kennedy White House, New York's Pierre and Napa Valley's French Laundry, reveal how royalty, the rich and famous, the world's legendary restaurants, all put just the right touches on their signature starched linens.

Along with its array of napkin folds, Napkins with a Twist spills over with useful tips, how-to lists, etiquette reminders, table settings, and surprising suggestions for how a napkin fold can become the starting point for designing an entire occasion.

More About the Author

David Stark is a renowned New York-based event producer as well as President and Creative Director of David Stark Design and Production. This full-service event design and planning firm is celebrated for the innovative, imaginative events it creates for a wide range of high-wattage celebrity clients such as Beyoncé Knowles, Martha Stewart, Mariska Hargitay, Glenn Close and Jon Stewart, major corporations such as Target, TBS and Condé Nast, as well as high-visibility fund-raising galas for the nation's most elite not-for-profit organizations including The Museum of Modern Art, The Joyful Heart Foundation and The Robin Hood Foundation.

Stark's first product line, a holiday decorating collection with West Elm, debuted in stores late summer 2009. Inspired by Stark's trademark approach of turning everyday materials into glamorous and unexpected installations, the collection included ornaments, garlands, table décor, and other elements made from natural, recycled, and eco-friendly materials. Stark continued to collaborate with West Elm for 2010 holiday and 2011 summer collections.

"CBS' The Early Show," "The Today Show," "The View," "Martha Stewart" and "The Nate Berkus Show" are several television shows that often call upon David to serve as a guest expert on décor, party planning, holiday decorating and home planting projects. David and his work are often featured in publications including the New York Times, ELLE DECOR, Glamour, Interior Design, In Style, House Beautiful, and Town & Country, as well as on a number of design-focused blogs. In 2011, David was recognized a one of BizBash's Top 2011 Event Innovators and was honored as a Garden Design Advisory Board Member and Best Events' Editorial Board Member.

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The instructions are very easy to follow and the folding is fast.
B. Frederich
After reading a review in our local newspaper about this book, I decided that it would make a great gift for my mother - who is quite the entertainer.
Sassy Squirrel
The folds are easy if you have a set of square napkins and an iron.
Emazing Erinn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By B. Frederich on November 11, 2006
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I have always loved to create different napkin folds for my table when entertaining, and my guests always comment on them. David Stark creates some beautiful and fun folds. I got so many ideas for napkins and also for table settings. This book is beautiful to look at, and it also has some famous folds from the White House and other celebrated places. If you love to entertain, this is for you. The instructions are very easy to follow and the folding is fast.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Mueller on January 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my very creative fourteen year old daughter as a Christmas gift. She spent most of the morning trying all the folds and then had the table set with a variation of a couple of examples from the book for our family dinner. She had no problem duplicating the folds, the only drawback is I am now searching for another good napkin folding book for her, she is hooked.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa K. Gleeson on November 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I constantly refer to this book to show brides and corporate customers how a well folded napkin can add so much for so little. My customers love many of the "celebrities" that have their special fold- like First Lady Jackie Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, renowned hotels and many more. Best of all, we can show different ways of using menu cards with a great folded napkin. Now if only the rental linen companies would starch their napkins, we could have just the fun of folding!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sassy Squirrel on October 29, 2009
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After reading a review in our local newspaper about this book, I decided that it would make a great gift for my mother - who is quite the entertainer. She loves having guests over for dinner and doing those extra special touches, like folding napkins, using her china and silverware and including place cards for each guest. It wasn't long after I gave her the book that I was treated to seeing some of the new folds she had learned after reading this book. I loved some of the more elegant folds, like the Tuxedo and Coronation. But my kids got a real kick out of the kite and fortune cookie. I just borrowed the book from my mother so I could take another look at the ghost. I thought that would be a fun addition to our Halloween festivities this year!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Harris on July 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I keep this book on the shelf with my linen napkins. The phots are beautiful and I find the directions to be easy to follow.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Darlene S. Taylor on May 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is very easy to follow and will be helpful in the future.
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