8 Fashionable Plates That Are (Almost) Too Pretty to Use
Decorative dinnerware from Dior, Loro Piana, Marni and more brings the allure of the label to your table
Fall is the perfect time to change out seasonal dinnerware as impending holiday entertaining conjures dreamy fantasies of tapered candles, robust centerpieces of autumnal flowers, and goblets of plummy red wines paired with eye-catching plates and linens. For sartorial hosts equally inspired by fashion and food, these tableware collections, designed by people whose work is most often viewed on runways, are the perfect means for laying both their passions out on on the table.
This fall, Dior launched the Toile de Jouy collection, designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri. Available in Tilleul green or burgundy, the array incorporates dinner and dessert plates, mugs, and serveware with the maison’s iconic motif.
2. Margherita M. Missoni for Svenskt Tenn
When this collection debuted, it did so in a festive exhibition at Svenskt Tenn’s Sweden showroom that brought the beauty and exuberance of an Italian picnic to life. The “Greeting from Margherita” installation featured specially created pieces like the Margherita plate and side dish, which are handcrafted by Ceramica Pinto in Vietri Sul Mare, Italy.
3. Johanna Ortiz x Collecto
The Colombian designer’s exotic motifs keep the summer vibes going straight into fall while the sapphire color and terracotta accent make them seasonally appropriate.
4. Marni for Serax
Marni’s new Midnight Flowers collection of handpainted porcelain tableware draws palette and pattern inspiration from the fashion brand’s array of clothing. Conceived by Creative Director Francesco Risso, the 120-piece line includes plates, dishes, bowls, teapots, cups, and saucers with slightly asymmetrical shapes to further enhance their playful quality.
5. Loro Piana
L’Art De La Table, the new collection of tableware from Loro Piana, transforms the Suitcase stripe, a multi-band motif found on travel cases in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90, into an elegant border on bone porcelain plates, bowls, and mugs. A selection of hand-blown and hand-engraved Murano glass, as well as cotton and linen placemats and napkins complete the look.
6. La DoubleJ
Decorative details from Italy’s most fashionable metropolis come alive on La DoubleJ’s new Mamma Milano collection of tableware.
The latest in Marimekko’s Artist Series, this collection by Barcelona talent Sabine Finkenauer transfers the maker’s iconic geometric blocks of color onto plates, mugs, and other soft goods.
8. Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana’s fashions are known for their vivacious colors, patterns, and prints. Of course, their tableware expresses the same la dolce vita with designs drawn from decorative details seen throughout Italy.
A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2023 Fall Issue under the headline “Fashion Plates.” Subscribe to the magazine.