Handcrafted, with gold finishes and created by great artists, the best tableware designs from the leading European labels continue to attract discerning customers with splendid collections that incorporate architectural details and adapt to new culinary trends. The following examples from historic brands combine traditional luxury with aesthetics that complement any special occasion, from an intimate dinner to a big social event.
Royal Copenhagen: The favorite of the royalty
The European royal houses still opt for the best china to dress their tables. The Danish Royal Family created and managed its porcelain firm, Royal Copenhagen, from 1775 until 1868, when it passed to private hands. Designed primarily for male clientele, Black Fluted and Blue Fluted, the most recent releases from Royal Copenhagen, follow the trend of the new Nordic cuisine--purity, simplicity and freshness. But the “crown jewels" of the company are still their most emblematic collections: Blue Fluted Plain—the first to hit the market— and Flora Danica, handmade since 1790, and one of the world´s most exclusive table services.
Hermès and Tiffany & Co.: An alliance with tradition
The city of Limoges has been the capital of French porcelain since its valuable kaolin deposits were discovered in 1768. Limoges porcelain entered the royal court during the reign of Louis XV, and now the luxury firm Hermès has chosen it to launch its home collection because of its fine quality and durable finish. Another luxury brand, Tiffany & Co., was also inspired by Celtic designs for their tableware and vases, made with entirely white porcelain.
Wedgwood: Exclusive designs by Vera Wang and Jasper Conran
Thanks to the collaboration of New York designer Vera Wang, the British porcelain firm Wedgwood has achieved great success with its bridal collections: six models in white porcelain with gold and platinum edges, small flowers of neoclassical inspiration or drawings depicting traditional Irish lace. Wedgwood has also partnered with designer Jasper Conran to produce exquisite sets such as the Chinoiserie Green, which reinterprets the Asian floral prints that were fashionable in 18th-century England.
Sargadelos: Art in cobalt blue
Sargadelos is the favorite china of famous chefs such as the Adrià brothers, who chose it for their Tickets restaurant in Barcelona, opting for one of its hallmarks: geometric designs in cobalt blue. Founded in Galicia, Spain, in the early 19th century, Sargadelos started manufacturing tableware with Celtic iconography, Romanesque and Baroque symbols in 1949. Monférico, Vilar de Donas and Portomarínico are some of their most celebrated creations, appropriate for every event.
Meissen: The first European porcelain
Meissen’s current designs, which stand out for their color and minimalist lines do not hide their aristocratic origin. Documented as the oldest china produced in Europe, the firm was founded around 1700 in Saxony, Germany, by King Augustus the Strong at a time when pottery was imported from China and Japan. Two designs, Marrakech Garden and Miami Style are featured in their new collections, though their table service par excellence is the Waves relief, present in prestigious restaurants such as Carrousel in the German city of Dresden. ■
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