From perfectly coordinated to strategically mismatched, curating a stunning and personalized tablescape is easy with pieces from these new collections by Georg Jensen, Royal Doulton, Heath Ceramics and Turkey’s Kütahya Porselen.
London-based design duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have made some updates to their Olio collection for Royal Doulton. Originally released in 2015, the porcelain tableware series (which also includes sustainable wooden serveware and stainless steel cutlery) was an instant hit for its intentionally eclectic approach. Referring to “a miscellaneous collection of things,” Olio was created to be easily mixed and matched with existing pieces. “People don’t really have just one set of tableware in their cupboard,” the designers note. “They might buy a jug from this place and some plates from that place and some glasses from a trip to Italy.”
Sharing simple yet sophisticated silhouettes, the pieces are now available in a soft celadon blue, along with the rich black and classic white. The revisit also allowed Barber Osgerby to make some refinements to the forms and to further focus on the materiality by paring back the glazes and leaving the base exposed and unglazed on some of the pieces. With its authentic and functional design sensibility, the 14-piece Olio collection enhances everyday meals.
Applying his signature sophisticated whimsy to ceramics, prolific designer Karim Rashid has developed the Skallop collection for Turkish manufacturer Kütahya Porselen. A direct nod to the imperfections found in nature, the pieces are defined by their eye-catchingly irregular forms and saturated colours and aim to “create a democratic collection of dishes that appear handmade, and […] marry nature and food in our organic ritual of eating,” according to Rashid.
The two-part series is offered in Ivory White – a timeless hue inspired by the saltwater species the collection is named – and Colored, varying shades of pink and blue that are achieved by injecting the raw materials with pigments to diffuse colour through the entire body. Skallop can be mixed and matched and includes plates, bowls, mugs and platters.
New porcelain dinnerware and glassware have been added to Georg Jensen’s Bernadotte collection, resulting in the opportunity to build a fully cohesive table setting. Decidedly art deco, the collection is influenced by the work of Sweden’s Prince Sigvard Bernadotte, an industrial designer in his own right who contributed a number of pieces to the Danish brand, most notably the iconic silver pitcher in 1938.
A careful balance of classical shapes and geometric details, the functional objects feature Bernadotte’s signature deep groves and manage to walk the line between Scandinavian luxury and a casual everyday aesthetic. The new additions include dinner and salad plates, bowls in two sizes, a thermal mug and a serving platter, all of which complement the existing sterling silver and stainless steel serveware and utensils.
Twice a year, California-based Heath Ceramics dives into its archives to explore and experiment with colour, material and technique for two limited-edition collections. For this year’s Summer Seasonal, the studio celebrates the “energizing pause of blue’s pure and universal glow,” selecting the 50-year-old Moonstone glaze to build a palette inspired by the sky and water.
As an extension to the biannual collections, the ceramics-maker also reaches out to other artists and asks them to interpret the seasonal palette in their own medium, resulting in diverse offerings – from pillows, tea towels and napkins to stools, floor runners, recycled car glass bowls and more – that complement the collection’s bowls, serving platters, tray sets, cups, crocks and vases.
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Unexpected shapes, fresh palettes and special details give these dining and serving pieces a little something extra.