Decorative Arts

Working with outstanding craftspeople like Carlo Puccini and Ducio Banchi of Florence, Daniele Parasecolo in Todi, and Thomas Lamb Heller, David Mayernik designs, and sometimes models, innovative iterations of classical decorative objects and furniture.

Baroque Opera Sets


Sets for performances of operas by Charpentier, Purcell, and Telemann for the Haymarket Opera Company of Chicago

For several seasons I painted sets for the Haymarket Opera Company of Chicago's historically informed productions of Baroque operas—Charpentier's Orphée, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Telemann's Pimpinone, Charpentier's Actéeon. It was such a pleasure to collaborate with a talented team of musicians, stage directors, and costume designers. My sets, painted on rotating periaktoi (which the Roman writer Vitruvius describes), evoked the period character of each opera.