P L AT E S El­e­vate the prac­ti­cal to the beau­ti­ful and hang them on your wall

Take in­spi­ra­tion from this dec­o­rat­ing trend and el­e­vate the func­tional to the beau­ti­ful

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We’re all about show­ing off what we love rather than hid­ing things away and sav­ing them for best. Take plates – very prac­ti­cal by na­ture, they can also be beau­ti­fully dec­o­ra­tive or just plain fun, so shouldn’t be con­cealed in cup­boards. Tra­di­tion­ally, Welsh dressers were where you would show off your best crock­ery, with their shelves adorned with wil­low pat­terns and creamware. But for a thor­oughly mod­ern take, ditch the fur­ni­ture and ar­range your plates on a wall in an ab­stract com­po­si­tion – Clas Ohlson sells plate hang­ers (£4.49 each; cla­sohlson.com). Some de­signs are too beau­ti­ful to be cov­ered with food, such as col­lec­tor’s pieces from For­nasetti and John De­rian (see over­leaf ), which should in­stead be treated as works of art. You don’t need to in­vest in a match­ing set – an eclec­tic ar­range­ment can have the most strik­ing ef­fect. And don’t be afraid to play with scale: dif­fer­ent sizes work well in a clus­ter. ➤

‘Brick­ett Davda’ plates, from £26 each, Toast (toa.st)

GOOD TO EAT O TO FRO E M AR ES AT PL E ES H T L, TA N E M A N R O D N A L N O TI C N FU TH TH OU BO GH THEY MAYBE

‘ABC’ plates by Arne Ja­cob­sen, £22 each, De­sign Letters (de­sign­let­ters.dk) ‘Gwyneth’ din­ner plate, £46, Ralph Lau­ren Home (ralphlau­ren.co.uk) 3 ‘Che­sham’ small plate, £145, Lib­erty Lon­don ( lib­erty­lon­don.com) 4 ‘Splat­ware’ din­ner plate, £36, Granby Work­shop ( granby­work­shop.co.uk) 5 ‘Casey Eye’ small round plate by John De­rian, £55, Lib­erty Lon­don ( lib­erty­lon­don.com) 6 ‘Equus Horse Head’ plate, £149, Royal Crown Derby (roy­al­crown­derby.co.uk) 7 ‘Mykonos’ plate, £12, Jonathan Adler (uk.jonathanadler.com) 8 ‘Tema e Vari­azioni no.334’ wall plate by For­nasetti, £125, Amara (amara.com) 9 ‘Tri­col­ore Cube’ plate by Astier de Vil­latte in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Com­mune de Paris, £58.50, Pen­treath & Hall ( pen­treath-hall.com) 10 ‘ Wild Boy’ plat­ter, £450, Luke Ed­ward Hall ( lu­keed­ward­hall.com) ‘Chi­nois­erie Green’ or­na­men­tal plat­ter by Jasper Con­ran, £88, Wedg­wood (wedg­wood.co.uk)

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