As tableware showcases your cooking, investing in a high-quality set is well worth the money, but there are several factors worth considering before taking the plunge. If you are going to buy tableware for everyday use then it is more susceptible to chips and cracks. Therefore porcelain or bone china and stoneware would be recommendable, and always check if it is suitable for microwave and dishwasher use. Decide on the look of your table. Do you prefer a casual look or perhaps a romantic or elegant style? White dinner sets are the most adaptable as they are easy to coordinate with the rest of your table setting. More colourful or patterned tableware can look eye-catching and playful, and work really well on bare wooden tables or a plain tablecloth.
Mixing greys and neutral colours with brightly-coloured glassware or a vase gives a contemporary look to your table (www.en.housedoctor.dk).
Christian Lacroix’s stunning new porcelain Caribe collection developed by Vista Alegre is decorated with designs of feathers, flowers, ferns and fireflies (www.christian-lacroix.com and www.myvistaalegre.com). Christian Lacroix is available at The White House in Marbella (www.whitehousemarbella.com).
The Orquestra collection designed by David Raffoul and Nicolas Moussallem combines different geometric line patterns that represent complex harmony and musical rhythms. The differing direction and thickness of the lines demonstrates the discipline and excellence required to perform a symphony (www.myvistaalegre.com).
Decorate your table-tops with contemporary vases that complement the room. With regards to the height of the vase, a general rule would be that the stems of the flowers should be no higher than twice the height of the vase.
The popular Nek, Numa and Tiko glass vases from Villeroy & Boch are now also available in a miniature format. Combining different vases creates a simple colour accent that accentuates the flowers within them. Villeroy & Boch is available at Puya in Marbella and San Pedro de Alcántara (www.puya.es).
This beautiful vase collection entitled Grid and designed by Jaime Hayon for Gaia & Gino was handcrafted by Turkish and Indian artisans. The lower section is made out of copper and the upper section, stainless steel. Available in three sizes and two colours (www.gaiagino.com).
The Liquid Light series by Kristine Five Melvær reinterprets traditional still-life motives and is inspired by the Cobbler’s Lamp from the 17th century. Liquid Light comprises a birch wood plate holding a glass carafe and a brass socket for a candle. The carafe acts like a lens when it is filled with water and lit up. Its simplicity makes it a very effective table piece. Available at www.kristinefivemelvaer.com (Photo by Erik Five Gunnerud).
Menu and Norm Architects collaborated on a restaurant project in Copenhagen called Höst to create an award-winning, Nordic-style dinnerware range, New Norm. The colour scheme was inspired by one of Denmark’s most prominent painters, Vilhelm Hammershoi. Menu is available at the Plus Store in the BoConcept showroom in Mijas (www.plusstore.es).