ISSUE 77  |  Summerhouse

Workwear-Inspired Table Linens

June 21, 2013 3:00 PM

BY Janet Hall

Summer is a time to dress down–tabletops included. Here’s a line of linens inspired by vintage workwear that’s perfect for low-key summer dining, indoors or outdoors.

From San Francisco-based Small Gunns (a collaboration of two sisters who left the worlds of film and advertising to “make cool stuff”), the Workshop line of napkins, placemats, and tablerunners is made in America of machine-washable 100 percent cotton denim in three colorways. Workshop linens are available at a handful of retailers in San Francisco, including Heath Ceramics, and are offered online through the Small Gunns Shop.

Above: Workshop’s table linens are made from cotton denim that is double stitched and finished with bar tacks on the corners in contrasting colors. Pair with the Perfect Picnic Basket for lunch on the beach or at the park.

Above: Workshop’s Railroad Stripe Denim Napkins measure 18 inches square; $28 for a set of two. 

Above: Workshop offers a selection of 62-inch-long (and 18-inches-wide) table runners. The Workshop Railroad Stripe Denim Tablerunner is $40.

Above: The placemats measure 18 by 13 inches and are available in two colorways. The Workshop Broad Stripe Denim Placemats are made of 100 percent American-made cotton, while the Workshop Railroad Stripe Denim Placemats are made in America of imported cotton; $28 for a set of two.

Above: Workshop Indigo Denim Dinner Napkins are 20 inches square with contrasting red stitching; $28 for a set of two.

Above: The Workshop Railroad Stripe Denim Coasters measure 4.5 inches square; $19 for the set of four. A Broad Stripe Denim Coaster Set is also available.

Looking for outdoor dining inspiration? Visit our Perfect Outdoor Meal pinboard.