Beautiful food and fine crockery tell a story of the creator. A picturesque meal can totally enhance your entire dining experience before a first bite is ever taken. With the right crockery, we can create a special atmosphere around the table. And that’s not all: our dinner service also affects the sort of dishes we serve. At Ambiente 2018, you’ll experience innovation in dining with a host of designers breaking the boundaries in crockery design.
Humans have a need to tell stories. But why hide them between the covers of a book or sequester them on-screen? These days, stories can be found in many different forums. Successful storytelling can really capture our imagination. Many designers and manufacturers are now telling their products’ stories to show how special they are.
Hering Berlin invites you into the woods for a hunter’s gathering. With tales of twigs, antlers and acorns, you’ll be absorbed into a woodland world, even if you’re enjoying a rustic stew and not tracking wild game. Stories are presented in a certain order in which one thing leads to another. But many things in life happen at the same time, with subtle parallels between them. Some porcelain manufacturers have incorporated this insight into their work. Faiencerie Georges lets you build a crane from an arrangement of their plates. The items from Månses Design add a dash of design from which your imagination can take flight. Portego presents plates which provide a lot of food for thought, like two ladies looking at one another along a dotted line. It’s a witty take on traditional porcelain, with a dash of comic conventions.
Walking in a decor wonderland Lines, ripples, circles. Circular and rectangular shapes. And, of course, in a limitless range of colours. Pattern knows no bounds. Today’s plates certainly make the most of it! Miho Unexpected Things and Wedgwood display dense geometric patterns in a red and blue colour scheme. Lene Bjerre uses regular structures, in contrast to Denby and Rosenthal; with Rosenthal, the glaze is the key. Sometimes, as with Vista Alegre, even the merest hint of a design makes a strong impact. Which just goes to show, effective patterns are much more than just colours and shapes.
Natural finesse Bringing nature into your home needn’t mean keeping house plants. The right tableware can also conjure up a natural environment. Whether we reach for the stars with Porcel, or dive into the blue with ASA-Selection, there’s joy to be found in man-made objects that reflect nature. Just look at the ceramic ‘freckles’ on plates by aida. Nature lets us open up to another world: a world of earthy, solid – and sometimes spherical – promise. The crockery from Time & Style, shimmering in earth tones, has an interesting surface and contrasts beautifully with Fortessa’s luxurious blue, uneven-finish dinner service. That’s how nature moves away from the outdoors to bring an added dimension indoors at mealtimes.