Raise a Glass to Setting an Artful Tablescape Simply BecauseVasilis Stergiou
DINNER GUESTS ARE SO 2019
ALRIGHT, SO 2020 WAS A PRETTY ROUGH YEAR OF QUARANTINING AND ON-AND-OFF LOCKDOWNS. AND EVEN INTO 2021, OUR DINNER-PARTY GAME WAS STILL PRETTY NON-EXISTENT. BUT THAT SHOULDN’T DETER US FROM KEEPING THOSE DINING ROOM TABLES SUPER CHIC. EVEN THOUGH ENTERTAINING MIGHT LOOK A LITTLE DIFFERENT MOVING FORWARD, WE ALL DESERVE TO EMBRACE THAT SOIREE SPIRIT. BELOW ARE SOME SWOON-WORTHY SERVEWARE BRANDS TO HELP KEEP YOUR NEXT TABLETOP DISPLAY TIP-TOP AND READY FOR WHATEVER THE YEAR AHEAD BRINGS.
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Quite literally works of art on porcelain, Milan’s Laboratorio Paravicini flatware is as clever as it is extraordinary. Created in witty themes like hot air balloons, circus, zodiac, and, of course, Italian scenes (show right), these beauties are sure to keep the conversation in full swing—even if it’s just an intimate affair. Below is a sneak peek into the artisan studio where these mini-masterpieces are hand-painted.
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Felt + fat—where all of the glazes are as drool-inducing as the food you serve on them. These pretty plates rendered in saturated hues are made from a porcelain clay formulated and mixed in-house at Felt+Fat’s Philadelphia studio, cast in handmade molds, and finished with custom glazes. Whether it’s their dishes, bowls, platters, mugs, or cappuccino cups, Felt+Fat’s slip-casting process, and hand-finishing technique allows for slight variations in each creation while retaining fairly similar sizes, making each piece of Felt+Fat tableware unique yet consistent at the same time.
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Probably the holy grail of pretty plates, Ginori has long been synonymous with combining tradition with a fashion-forward edge in each collection. The Oriente Italiano Collection, shown right, is sure to add the perfect punches of color to any and all tablescapes this season.
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Wabi-sabi indigo dishes…yes please! Studio Joo is a brand of thoughtfully-designed, handmade objects by Brooklyn artist Elaine Tian. All items are handmade in the wabi-sabi tradition, which means irregular textures, marks and surfaces are part of their beauty. We love Elaine’s work for its organic forms and nod to tradition. Plus, all glazes are lead-free and food-safe, so they’re beautiful and functional—the best combo for an unforgettable tabletop scheme.
Traditional with a twist, Casa Lopez brings us handcrafted ceramics produced mainly in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, and other parts of Europe. Flaunting classic motifs in rich, modern color stories, the brand is constantly wowing with each new release, like this marriage of chestnuts, artichoke, and pearls.
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Simple, chic and homemade pretty much sums up the aesthetic excellence that is mud Australia. The Australian handmade porcelain purveyor is helmed by Shelley Simpson, who consistently brings to market clean-lined, functional works of art. Mud Australia strives for a greener working environment through solar panels on their workshop facility, led lighting, compost bins, and water filtration systems in their clay studio, among other efforts. Motivated by the devastating Australian bushfires in 2019-2020, mud Australia set out to become carbon neutral. Their glazes and porcelain bodies are non-toxic, so they’re not just a pretty face—you can feel good about eating off them too.