Rising Star

Posted on December 10, 2015 in Restaurant

Matthew Shively’s imperfectly beautiful lighting casts a glow that is simply enticing.

One of the first things you notice after being warmly received and then graciously escorted to your place at La Table is the enchanting light installation by Matthew Shively, titled “Fusante Blanc.” Reminiscent of Faberge eggs, the fragile porcelain orbs float over the central dining room casting a meditative glow. The shapes – similar to stars or snowflakes in the sense that no two are alike – illuminate the elegant space while injecting a bit of playfulness and thoughtful whimsy.

“It’s functional art,” describes Shively. “The organic nature of the porcelain allowed us to create shapes that carry the softness of the human hand. Because we used a natural organic material, we were able to be free with the design, and each one has its own individual hue and shape. During the installation, questions arose about the difference in the amount of light that came from each of the fixtures. We laughingly said it is same as the stars in the sky; each light has its own shimmer. I like to think of them as glowing droplets that, by design, have a casual inconsistency that gives the room a dewy, radiating blush. Everyone looks good!”

Shively can only be described as a star that is ascending. The self-taught wood and metalworker, has a passion for his craft, reflected in each piece turned out from his studio. His skill was not learned in a school but born of passion and perfected by hard work. With his keen eye for design and ability to create original works of art, his only limits are his imagination.

It was his artistry as well as his reputation for quality that brought Invest Hospitality, CEO Alex Gaudelet to seek him out. Gaudelet a perfectionist by nature was convinced after seeing his work and reading Shively’s stand on quality that he was up for the task. And that his dedication to that purpose fit with his vision for La Table.

“Quality – Always lead with the highest quality materials and precision down to the smallest detail.” Matthew Shively…

Shively is known for his luxury furniture and lighting and has turned up in the pages of national design publications and on lists of one to watch. In fact honored by Interior Design Magazine with a Best of The Year and Honoree Award honored him in 2011.

Diners will find the lighting at La Table is not about a “ta-da” moment, rather a slow flush. Shively has turned up the enchantment factor to a delightful simmer.

Alison Cook
Houston Chronicle

Top 100 Houston Restaurants 2018: No. 12

“The French-inspired food with American touches shows clear, compelling flavors.”

Editorial Team
Houston Press

Best French Restaurant & Best Service

“Très chic and très français.The French destination restaurant in Houston.”

Alison Cook
Houston Chronicle

3 Stars

“Stellar service, well-considered details make La Table a pleasant throwback.”

Wine Spectator ‘Best Of’ Award Of Excellence

La Table awarded the ‘Chef of Chefs’ Crystal Award 2017.

Best new restaurant in Houston – Houstonia, 2016

Best of Houston 2016

Phaedra Cook
Houston Press

“The service at La Table is outstanding without being stuffy — and the food is excellent, too.”

Mai Pham
Forbes Travel Guide

“This stunning French restaurant situated on Houston’s swanky Post Oak Boulevard has been wowing diners with its exclusive brand of service since it opened in late 2015.”