Jason Murakawa

Jason Murakawa shares his passion for tableware

Photograph by Coral Von Zumwalt

Bon appétit: If at a swank dinner you observe that the plates are 150-year-old Haviland china and the vases have been fashioned from 17th-century dessert glasses, you have likely entered the world of Jason Murakawa. Party animal: Last year Murakawa started Small Masterpiece, which combines his passion for vintage European and American dishware, glassware, and flatware and his experience throwing benefit galas. A graphic designer by trade (he has created the album art for more than 30 soundtrack CDs), Murakawa disapproved of most dish rental options. Getting no results when he Googled “antique dish rentals,” he deduced that Small Masterpiece could be the country’s only source. Trad meets rad: “I set traditional things in a nontraditional way,” says Murakawa, who owns some 1,500 pieces. “I mix and match. There’s no difference in size between a water glass and a wineglass. Still, the collection is tightly curated, so there’s a unified look to it.” Home and away: Event planners in New York and San Francisco have sought Murakawa out. His motto? Have goblets, will travel. » Go to smallmasterpiece.com.