When it comes time to set up my dinner table, I love to make it both spectacular and unique. Food and dinnerware have are equally important in creating a culinary experience and a successful dinner party. I particularly enjoy dinnerware when design and crafts play equal role and when the pieces are creative and fresh. In my search for dazzling pieces, I have recently discovered the work of Samy D, a Tel-Aviv-based artist working in ceramics. He tends to use stoneware and porcelain, mixes all the colors himself, and often combines 14-carats gold and platinum, which attain his pieces with a sense of luxury on the one hand, and tenderness on the other, because to him, there are no real barriers between design and craft, and he happily combine the two in making one-offs pieces for the table. Samy’s forms are mostly spontaneous, and are often rooted in memories and other emotional associations. While his work has been exhibited in such department stores as Nieman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Barneys, alongside museums and art fairs, visiting his atelier in Tel Aviv is always surprising and much fun.