Just as there are many shades of white, there are also many different types of white dinnerware, so we asked tastemakers for their advice and recommendations.
“I’m obsessed,” says Boyd about Crate & Barrel’s stackable porcelain Logan bowls ($44.95 for eight, crateandbarrel.com). “What I look for more than anything for daily use is something sturdy that will mix with what I already own. These bowls stack, with an almost-three-inch rim. . . . They’re kind of contemporary.” Pieces of the Logan collection are sold individually or in sets of eight (eight dinner plates, for example), and eight four-piece place settings would run $179.80. To set a trendy table this season, Boyd says to think about white dinnerware mixed with two other elements: muted neutral pottery and wooden serving spoons or, if you lean modern, black cloth napkins and accent dishes in a primary color.
Nik Sharma, food blogger, food columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and uthor of the cookbook “Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food,” loves color in his food, not in his dinnerware. “I like color, especially in vegetables and salads. Sometimes ingredients like balsamic vinegar are so dark, and then when you put them on a dark plate, you can’t see them. I like to see them,” he says. He likes a warmer white for entertaining, and uses the stoneware textured dinnerware set from West Elm often ($129 for four place settings of dinner plates, salad plates, bowls and mugs, westelm.com). Each type of dish from the set is also sold in sets of four; dip bowls are also available.
To Myquillyn Smith, advocate for “cozy minimalism,” white is the obvious choice for dishware. It can be dressed down for everyday use and dressed up for dinner parties, just like a great pair of jeans. “I want a simplified collection of dishes that stack easily, look great together and take a beating from our family,” she says, recommending the Avesta stoneware from Project 62 ($19.99 for four three-piece place settings of dinner plates, salad plates and bowls, target.com). As the North Carolina blogger writes in her new book, “Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff,” “the home exists to serve the people and not the other way around.”
Apilco’s Tuileries dishes will “last a lifetime,” says Katie Jacobs, an entertaining expert from Nashville and author of “So Much to Celebrate: Entertaining the Ones You Love the Whole Year.” “They’ll never scratch. They’re restaurant-grade.” ($383.80 for four place settings of dinner plates, salad plates, soup plates, cups and saucers, williams-sonoma.com). For holidays, she’d pair them with a paper tablecloth, a big bowl of Christmas ornaments and a handmade place card, “an additional touch that makes your guest feel special.” Some pieces are also sold individually and in sets of four.
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