Your dining table may have featured in more virtual meetings and online classes than meals this year. These new tabletop finds will make it freshly festive for your holiday gatherings.
Coffee, tea, haute couture, anyone? This teacup saucer set is a collaboration between the famed Florentine porcelain company Ginori, which dates back to 1735, and Virgil Abloh, one of the most famous fashion designers right now (among his many roles, he’s the artistic director of menswear at Louis Vuitton). Abloh is also a rapper, and his fashion label Off-White is inspired by youth culture—hence the street art on these pieces.
$700 each, exclusively at Neiman Marcus.
The holidays call for bringing out the precious metals, such as this silverware set designed by the Italian couple Afra and Tobia Scarpa. Tobia is the son of the legendary Carlo Scarpa, and he and Afra designed these pieces in 1979, for a Milanese atelier. Cassina has reissued the set this year, using the finest sterling silver combined and stainless steel. The tea/dessert spoon is pure silver. Silverware that feels this substantial in the hand brings major class to holiday meals.
Sometimes luxury is simple and understated, as in these placemats and napkins that are handcrafted from the finest Italian linen with delicate, decorative stitching around the edges. Picture them as a backdrop for lush floral arrangements and twinkling glassware. The sets come in seven shades—including terracotta (shown here), sage green and dusty blue—so you’re sure to find one that fits the palette of your tablescape.
$100 per set at frette.com.
This candleholder is a tabletop sculpture by day and centerpiece for posh candlelit dinners by night. It’s by Jaime Hayon, who is known for his playful, biomorphic pieces—hence the tree-like form. The candleholder is striking on its own, or in a grouping (shown here) that comes with a metal stand. It’s made of stainless steel and crafted at the historic Fritz Hansen foundry in Poland.
Single candle holder, $94, or grouping, $246, at finnishdesignshop.com.
Something about the sinuous shapes of this grinder set speaks to the holidays—perhaps because we’ll all be a little more curvy after indulging in the season’s festivities. These pieces, by German designer Constantin Wortmann for the famed Scandinavian brand Georg Jensen, are a perfect for a sleek, contemporary tablescape. They’re made of mirror-polished stainless steel, so they’re sure to last, and they can be adjusted for various levels of coarseness.
$150 at Design Within Reach.
These placemats, which take inspiration from destinations around the world, bring a touch of the exotic to the table. They’re also exquisitely crafted by artisans who specialize in straw marquetry. Rye grass is cut, dried, dyed and flattened before being laid edge to edge to create each mat. This leaf pattern called Bawah looks like a postcard from a tropical vacation; your guests will be transported. A year-round bonus? A placemat can double as a writing surface or laptop mat.
$98, at Bergdorf Goodman.
This article originally appeared on spacesmag.com.
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Lisa Boquiren is an architecture and design aficionada who provides brand strategy for creative businesses. She has overseen rebranding initiatives at EHDD Architects and the San Francisco Design Center, and she creates convergent conversations on A+D, and presents, at the American Institute of Architects’ San Francisco and Los Angeles chapters. Photo by Thomas Heinser