We love having friends over for dinner and it’s always nice to go that extra step to make everything look as perfect as the food. Over the years we’ve collected our favourite go-to pieces to make our table look simple and chic yet relaxed enough to use everyday so we’ve focused on quality, everyday pieces this week.
Although we’re big supporters of using “good china” to add a little elegance to mid-week meals, there are some pieces such as the Seletti Palace series that seem a little over the top for a quick spaghetti dinner on a Wednesday night. So, here are some of our favourite pieces that make every meal feel special.
We’ve coveted a set of cutlery from Portuguese manufacturers Cutipol for a long time but sadly, it’s still just a dream for us. Their contemporary design aesthetic is realised with excellent quality to create beautiful sets of cutlery that are special enough to be passed on as keepsakes.
If we had our way, we’d chose between the Goa and the Rondo collections but the rest of their range is equally amazing.
It’s a classic but we just can’t go past the stemless O series glasses from Riedel. They’re beautifully crafted to enhance the flavour of each wine while bringing a relaxed ambience to the table. There are purists out there who say that the white wine and champagne glasses don’t protect the wine against the heat of your hand but we don’t mind. They’re still one of our favourites and won’t topple over easily if your dinner party creeps into the early hours.
For each glass we’ve included a little note to let you know what we’re drinking at the moment. We’re loving Grand Cru Champagne from J.P. Seconde, Sauvignon Blanc from Cloudy Bay in New Zealand, and La Gazette by Domaine des Peyrefrom the Rhône Valley in France.
These fine porcelain pieces are from designer Shelley Simpson at Mud Australia and have been a perennial favourite at Studio Ombre for a long, long time. Each collection brings something new to their minimalist lines with new colours or new shapes fitting in perfectly with the rest of their pieces.
One of our favourite things about Mud is that you can mix and match pieces from any of their collections owing to their slightly irregular shapes and muted colours which together create a high-end bohemian feel. We can’t get enough of them.
These stackable sets from Seletti may be a little kitsch but, when used sparingly, can be a fun, architectural centrepiece to add a little humour to your table. We’re not crazy about square plates in general, but the larger serving bowls and the tea set are the winners in this collection for us.
Perhaps even more importantly, these sets look absolutely amazing when stacked together, like a little city in your cupboard. It’s hard to say no to such fun design.
One of the absolute essentials for the table are fabric napkins and the occasional tablecloth. There’s nothing worse than going to dinner at a friend’s home and being handed a fragile paper napkin or a sheet of kitchen paper. These washed linen serviettes are from AMPM and we think the little black border gives them a nice touch, but any fabric napkin will do. They’re so easy to throw in the washing machine and really make a difference to your table.
The trend for bare tabletops is one we’re certainly behind, but every now and then it’s nice to spread out a gorgeous swathe of linen over the table to bring a new texture to the setting and a little gentle sophistication.