New styles in cutlery are all about shine and shape, says James Treble.
Until recently the humble knife and fork knew their place at the table. Now it’s their time to shine! By James Treble.
The new understated matt black cutlery is my favourite. Instead of shine, this pared-back yet strong designer look adds cool elegance to your table. It’s like eyeliner on a face: it can turn nice looking into really stylish. And, because it’s black, it goes with almost any coloured plates or napery.
Metallic finishes have invaded our bathrooms and are now bringing the golden touch to our tables. While gold (and its popular cousin rose gold) was more likely to be seen at Royal banquets, modern technology means we can all enjoy our buffet with a bit of bling.
It was actually the Romans who invented the two-pronged fork, which was great for eating pasta, but the English who added the third prong so all kinds of food could be easily picked up. Today there are some new exciting and interesting shapes. Simple shapes lead the way with very round spoons, as well as oval ones which sit sideways to the handle. And handles have also branched out, becoming sculptured, thin, bent or delicately spindly.
With so much choice and variation in style, how could you possibly settle for a standard off-the-rack, 24-piece cutlery set? New cutlery is definitely going on my Christmas list!
1. Cutlery set in Copper, $49 for 5 pieces, from West Elm. 2. Tillagd cutlery set in Black, $49 for 24 pieces, from Ikea. 3. Cutlery in Gold Plate, from $8.95 per piece, from Zara Home. 4. Cutlery set in Rose Gold, $19 for 16 pieces, from Kmart. 5. Elemental cutlery set in Pewter, $149.95 for 16 pieces, from Maxwell & Williams. 6. Tillagd cutlery set in Brass, $49 for 24 pieces, from Ikea. 7. Cutlery set in Gold, $49 for 5 pieces, from West Elm. 7 5 6 3 4 1 2