In the midst of launching and running their brand-new cookware line, Great Jones, co-founders Sierra Tishgart (former Grub Street senior editor) and Maddy Moelis also got engaged and are in the process of building their wedding registries. Tishgart says, “It’s funny putting a registry together now, because I used to think, ‘Do I have to get married to have nice things?’” (In fact, their company was designed to answer that question with a resounding no.)
When it came time to create her registry, Moelis, who previously worked at Zola, focused on “mixing high and low pieces and price points.” She also made sure to include practical things like “appliances we’ve been putting off buying because we knew we were going to get married.” Tishgart, for her part, admits that she is not “super practically minded when it comes to presents” and chose to highlight items that were “really special or unconventional” that felt “personal to me and my fiancé.”
Sierra Tishgart’s Wedding Registry
“I’ve been working on making my morning routine a little more pleasant, and my dream scenario is to drink tea in this mug while I slowly make oatmeal in one of our pots,” says Tishgart. These mugs are designed by artist Peter Shire and made by residents of Echo Park in Los Angeles. The mugs have a short silhouette and a unique splatter-paint pattern, so no two are exactly the same.
“My fiancé hasn’t even looked at our registry once,” says Tishgart, “so I’ve been trying to find things that will also make him happy. And he loves dinosaurs.” This fig-scented candle, which features a crowned T. rex from Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 1984 painting Pez Dispenser, fits the bill. Plus, the square porcelain container can serve as a catch-all bowl once the candle has been burned.
“I’ve definitely fallen for Memphis-inspired design,” says Tishgart, and this Pilastro stool, designed by Kartell as an homage to Memphis guru Ettore Sottsass, is something she’s “been eyeing for a long time.” Plus, this versatile stool is multipurpose: “I could put a plant on it, I could use it as additional seating, I could use it as a bedside table,” she says. The stool is also available in lilac, purple, green, and black.
The Hill House Home pillowcases are made of cotton sateen and are finished with envelope enclosures. “I love how they do embroidery,” says Tishgart, adding that the ability to customize homeware adds a unique, personal touch — although, she adds, “I haven’t figured out exactly what sort of cheeky message I’m going to put [on mine] yet.”
Having just moved into a larger apartment, Tishgart says she is enjoying “feeling like I have more space for entertaining, so I was really imagining a fun little dinner party outside in the garden with these napkins.” This bright linen set was made in collaboration with Italian textile producer Mascioni. “I definitely like to use a lot of print and color.”
“I love referencing old cookbooks, and it’s where I get a lot of inspiration for Great Jones,” says Tishgart. Irma Rombauer’s Joy of Cooking has been reissued in a special-edition leather-bound copy for its 75th anniversary. While it also comes bound in oxblood, gold, or black colors, Tishgart was drawn to this blush version. And while “it’s definitely a little bit more expensive than the regular edition, it’s really beautiful.”
“The print was so different and looked really elevated,” says Tishgart. Similar to the Ettore Sottsass stool above, this ottoman will be great “for providing additional seating and flexibility to the home when we have guests over.”
Maddy Moelis’s Wedding Registry
Status-y ceramic line Workaday Handmade also sells mugs, vases, and planters. “I’ve been following Workaday for a while, so I finally have a good excuse to put it on my registry and hope someone buys it for me,” says Moelis. “And I can picture exactly where it’s going to be in my apartment.”
“I pretty habitually come home, sit on my couch, and put a blanket on,” says Moelis. So this blanket, which comes in a variety of colors, is the “perfect, cozy” addition to elevate that “everyday experience.” Tishgart adds, “I also added this to my registry after I saw that Maddy had it. I feel like there are chic blankets and comfy blankets and nothing in between. But this blanket looks to be both.”
“Knives often feel traditionally very masculine. My fiancé is always going for these super intense, technical knives,” says Moelis. But this rainbow set feels “pretty and bright and joyful. Especially [for] when we have people over and can have them out on the table all at once.” The stainless-steel and acrylic knives are made by French cutlery designer Claude Dozorme. For those who would rather not commit so much, you can get a six-piece set for $155.
“We drink coffee all the time, but we just have a mishmash of mugs right now. I felt like this is a good chance to put those mugs in storage and come up with a consistent look.” Plus, the mugs come in a “bunch of different colors. I think I have two of each in four colors. So you can keep it consistent but still have some variety.”
Moelis highly recommends Fellow products. “I use them when I’m at Sierra’s house all the time, and I don’t have one yet, so this was a must for me.” This matte-black kettle features an LCD screen that allows you to set and maintain the water temperature for up to an hour. It also features a stopwatch to measure brew time. [Editor’s Note: We’ve written about this kettle before here.]
“This backgammon set is totally fiancé-picked. He’s obsessed with any type of game, but we play a lot of backgammon,” says Moelis. The lacquer set, designed by Jonathan Adler, is decorated with graphic black and white stripes and is “nice enough to display and keep out. I wouldn’t want to hide this in a closet somewhere.”
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