A fresh take on Americana and Euro-chic patterns with Interior designer Mark D. Sikes

A fresh take on Americana and Euro-chic patterns with Interior designer Mark D. Sikes

January 14, 2020 by Kelly Phillips Badal

Interior designer Mark D. Sikes' new preppy-meets-boho tableware collection dishes up a fresh take on Americana and Euro-chic patterns. “My butler pantry is bursting—even though I rarely and only casually entertain,” confesses interior designer Mark D. Sikes (markdsikes.com). But the Los Angeles-based creative is happily squeezing in a few new favorites, as his bold collection for Blue Pheasant (bluepheasant.com), a to-the-trade tableware offshoot from home wholesaler Made Goods (madegoods.com), debuts.

The tabletop line, Made Goods' first-ever designer collab, begs to be pressed into service at an outdoor soiree—everything was selected with an eye toward easy hosting. “I'm from California, so when I have people over, we're out in the garden; food is served buffetstyle; and nothing's too formal,” explains Sikes. “I tend to stack and mix salad plates and dessert plates with different patterns, and this collection has that same spirit.”

Standouts include blue-and-white dishes inspired by spongeware and Portuguese tiles. Plus, layering elements— classic striped and windowpane tablecloths, rattan chargers, bamboo flatware and more—add the classic Americana touch for which Sikes is known. The names Sikes chose for his sets, from Sconset and Montauk to Ojai and Montecito, recall both East Coast preppiness and West Coast-slash-Euro bohemian cool. “I'm hoping the names, the patterns and the way things are styled conjure up a place and a sensibility that rings either familiar or inspirational,” says Sikes. Beyond that, the designer hopes others adore the merry hue of blue that runs throughout the collection as much as he does.

“I'm a blue person, and, for me, this cobalty shade conjures up happiness and optimism,” he adds. Sikes plans to build on the collection in the future (he's admittedly already in talks about an extension), but that's hardly the only thing keeping the indefatigable designer busy.

In addition to his existing collaborations that range from lighting to rattan, rugs and fabric, he's about to launch his first line of linens with Annie Selke, and his second book—a follow-up to 2016's Beautiful: AllAmerican Decorating and Timeless Style—is currently underway with Rizzoli. All that, in addition to overseeing his womenswear line, M.D.S. Stripes (mdsstripes.com), and his consistent cross-country interior design work, and it's suddenly not so hard to see why Sikes hosts guests only on occasion. But, at least now he'll have the perfect tableware on hand. A cobalt blue-and-white palette drives the Mark D. Sikes collection for Blue Pheasant, which includes everything from patterned dishes to flatware, linens and accessories;

The line's Maidstone footed serving bowl, $128, is an ideal way to display fruit;

Sconset dinner plates, $38 each, riff on classic spongeware; all at irwinribera.com.













A fresh take on Americana and Euro-chic patterns with Interior designer Mark D. Sikes

January 14, 2020 by Kelly Phillips Badal

Interior designer Mark D. Sikes' new preppy-meets-boho tableware collection dishes up a fresh take on Americana and Euro-chic patterns. “My butler pantry is bursting—even though I rarely and only casually entertain,” confesses interior designer Mark D. Sikes (markdsikes.com). But the Los Angeles-based creative is happily squeezing in a few new favorites, as his bold collection for Blue Pheasant (bluepheasant.com), a to-the-trade tableware offshoot from home wholesaler Made Goods (madegoods.com), debuts.

The tabletop line, Made Goods' first-ever designer collab, begs to be pressed into service at an outdoor soiree—everything was selected with an eye toward easy hosting. “I'm from California, so when I have people over, we're out in the garden; food is served buffetstyle; and nothing's too formal,” explains Sikes. “I tend to stack and mix salad plates and dessert plates with different patterns, and this collection has that same spirit.”

Standouts include blue-and-white dishes inspired by spongeware and Portuguese tiles. Plus, layering elements— classic striped and windowpane tablecloths, rattan chargers, bamboo flatware and more—add the classic Americana touch for which Sikes is known. The names Sikes chose for his sets, from Sconset and Montauk to Ojai and Montecito, recall both East Coast preppiness and West Coast-slash-Euro bohemian cool. “I'm hoping the names, the patterns and the way things are styled conjure up a place and a sensibility that rings either familiar or inspirational,” says Sikes. Beyond that, the designer hopes others adore the merry hue of blue that runs throughout the collection as much as he does.

“I'm a blue person, and, for me, this cobalty shade conjures up happiness and optimism,” he adds. Sikes plans to build on the collection in the future (he's admittedly already in talks about an extension), but that's hardly the only thing keeping the indefatigable designer busy.

In addition to his existing collaborations that range from lighting to rattan, rugs and fabric, he's about to launch his first line of linens with Annie Selke, and his second book—a follow-up to 2016's Beautiful: AllAmerican Decorating and Timeless Style—is currently underway with Rizzoli. All that, in addition to overseeing his womenswear line, M.D.S. Stripes (mdsstripes.com), and his consistent cross-country interior design work, and it's suddenly not so hard to see why Sikes hosts guests only on occasion. But, at least now he'll have the perfect tableware on hand. A cobalt blue-and-white palette drives the Mark D. Sikes collection for Blue Pheasant, which includes everything from patterned dishes to flatware, linens and accessories;

The line's Maidstone footed serving bowl, $128, is an ideal way to display fruit;

Sconset dinner plates, $38 each, riff on classic spongeware; all at irwinribera.com.