Dinnerware and fabrics add color to the table.
winter’s peak ignites an intense yearning for intense color. But not any color. Heartfelt values that range from aubergine and passionate purple to the brightest of feminine pink and reds of every depth give tables a pulse that pumps out memorable beauty. While the design community lauds the “mix”— colors, patterns, and textures that harmoniously live in the same aesthetic vein—a tonal approach equals style to be celebrated. Whether in a single tone for an intimate dinner for two or an ombré effect like this for a larger gathering, your settings should be something you love. Mottahedeh Modern femininity reigns on the “Lace” service plate in plum. Replacements An angel trumpets joy on Mottahedeh’s vintage “Gabriel Plum” plate. Fabricut “Concord Petunia” solid and “Cemita Potpourri” abstract fabrics present an arresting stage.
Villeroy & Boch The “Verona” glass charger in aubergine casts a linen-like texture. Replacements Royal Staffordshire’s vintage “Tonquin Plum” salad plate sports a toile-like pattern. Robert Allen The suit-inspired “Tweed Chenille” fabric in a beet colorway is a nod to fashion’s textile vault. Robert Haviland & C. Parlon through Mottahedeh The “Arc en Ciel” porcelain service plate is rimmed with fuchsia and accented in gold. Replacements Spode’s vintage scalloped floral “Primrose Rose” plate. Robert Allen “Soul Search” printed linen in a beet colorway resembles a summer shirt. Villeroy & Boch Hammered “Blacksmith” stainless-steel flatware at all table settings.
Villeroy & Boch The “Rubin” buffet plate flaunts a simplified Moorish style. Replacements Vintage patterns—tulips on Waterford’s “Trapani” salad plate and miniature blooms on Burgess & Leigh’s “Calico” luncheon plate—set an upbeat mood. Duralee “Trix” abstract fabric in red and coral dresses the table. Mottahedeh A delicate pattern graces the red “Lace” service plate. Villeroy & Boch The “Rose Caro” coupe salad plate shines with an oversize presentation of geometric medallions. Brunschwig & Fils A chevron pattern is mesmerizing on the indoor-outdoor “Montserrat” fabric in Sunset.
Robert Haviland & C. Parlon through Mottahedeh Rimmed with terra-cotta and accented in gold, the “Arc en Ciel” service plate supports the “Sacred Bird & Butterfly” plate—a Chinese export pattern from about 1800 that incorporates traditional depictions of birds, butterflies, and flowers. Fabricut “Shalini” silk strié in melon makes a dreamy backdrop. Villeroy & Boch “Colour Concept” buffet plate in red adds glass to the mix. L’Objet The “Fortuny Uccelli” dessert plate transfers the beloved Fortuny art form of fabric production onto porcelain with a rich bloodred ground and luxurious gold accents. Fabricut “Leitmotif” in a scarlet floral-theme damask ups the glamour.
WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY KRISSA ROSSBUND PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETER KRUMHARDT