I’m having a moment with Amanda Tisch. Specifically, her striking line of modern tabletop accessories called Tisch New York. Her colorful, round placemats and coasters are totally gorgeous. Her designs are made of wood and backed with cork which makes them easy to wipe down and clean. Tisch New York placemats make every table look pulled together in the most perfect way. I’m crazy about her inspired designs and want my whole life to look as effortlessly chic as one of her enviable table settings.
It’s no surprise that Tisch’s eye for design is strong. She spent years on the editorial side of magazines as a fashion editor for Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country. When she moved to California in 2014, she served as a design editor at C Magazine. In 2015, she launched Tisch New York.
I was lucky enough to have a fun Q & A with Tisch. Check out what she has to say about her line, life on the left coast, and what’s next for Tisch New York.
EKTS When did you know you wanted to get into tabletop design?
TNY I was working with interior designer Frank de Biasi in New York when I got the idea to start my own line. I spent two years accessorizing some of his projects and I fell in love with tabletop. I got to know the market really well and realized that there was a need for modern placemats that were easy to clean.
EKTS What inspires your designs?
TNY I get my inspiration everywhere. I love art and design books and have amassed a pretty big collection. Instagram has also been an amazing place to research.
EKTS What is your best advice for setting a beautiful every day table?
TNY Placemats! I can’t bare to see a plate set directly on a bare table…it’s like leaving the house without pants on… it makes me uncomfortable.
EKTS What is an absolute “must” on your table for a dinner party?
TNY Beautiful candle light and silver.
EKTS If I asked your kids, what would they say is the best thing you cook?
TNY On a good day, everything, on a bad day, rice.
EKTS If I asked your kids, what would they say is the best thing you bake?
TNY Apple pie
EKTS As a working mom, do you subscribe to the “short order cook” or “you get what you get and you don’t get upset” philosophy when it comes to cooking for your kids?
TNY I fluctuate…it depends on my mood.
EKTS You moved to California from New York, what’s the best thing about living in California?
TNY Palm trees and ocean
EKTS What do you miss about New York?
TNY Walking, Central Park, Chinese food, family and museums
EKTS Coffee run or juice run?
TNY Coffee- Nespresso at home
EKTS What’s next for Tisch New York?
TNY I’m exploring lots of things…which is incredibly exciting. Stay tuned for Fall!
Check out Tisch New York here.