“You’re Invited”. A Halloween display from the Rob LaPlace Vintage Halloween Collection.

The conceptual design and ultimate focal point of this display are the collectibles themselves but for those hardwired to create or interested in the creative processes/methods incorporated in its fabrication and visual elements of design, I’m happy to highlight a few of the custom appointments.

This display features a sampling of 1930s tableware from the limited output of The Beach & Arthur Paper Company, of Indianapolis, Indiana. The layout is stylized for a vintage Hallowe’en party under my artistic expression and vision. It boasts a custom lighting ceiling prop made almost entirely of vintage material in keeping with the period and lending a gala effect with a contemporary twist  embracing the contrasting styles.

A Dennison Bogie Book illustration kindled the inspiration and vintage Dennison crepe paper was used throughout. The monochromatic color palette of the fabrics and materials was chosen to accentuate the collectibles without overwhelming the integrity of the design.

The tree form props are bespoke creations made from naturally bleached organic driftwood stained in Ebony. The spooky tree limbs were transformed into faux tabletop lamps and shrouded with coordinating Beach & Arthur Paper Company luncheon napkins as shades.

The vintage German mohair black cat candy container with its stiff stance and glass eyes appears front and center as if to have clawed it’s way off of the arched back black cat imagery on the border of the scarecrow patterned plates.

These visual elements create shape, balance, size, color and texture adding to the display’s tone and design.