Over the past few years, I've been lucky enough to celebrate several Jewish holidays at my dear friend Leah's house. We've done Rosh Hashanah, a few Hanukkahs, and last spring I attended my first Passover Seder.
Leah Rosenberg and her household of artists always create the loveliest gatherings. She says that one of them puts something together for Passover each year, whether it's just for the few of them or for the nearly two dozen guests they hosted last year. We all gathered around the long kitchen table, with endless amounts of beautiful food surrounding the Seder plate that Leah had made. She used a lazy Susan from IKEA (tradition, she says) and her beloved label maker to create the spare design, while a little hobnailed bowl in the center provided a touch of vintage warmth. The labels read "salt water", "karpas" (the parsley that is dipped into the saltwater), "bitter herb/maror" (celery), "charoset" (apples, wine, and nuts, signifying mortar), "shankbone/zeroa" (she, being a vegetarian, used a daikon radish), and "egg/beitzah."
This Seder plate captures one of my favorite aesthetics in the world: simple, on-hand elements, combined elegantly into something perfect and surprising, all done with love.
(Image: Tess Wilson)