Is your china and glassware up to being out on show for all to see? The growing trend for open shelving brings with it two issues. First, cleaning. Too many small knick-knacks on a shelf and you could be spending hours dusting! Secondly, there’s the bigger problem of what to put on those shelves. Your new kitchen might be stunning but if your china and glassware aren’t gorgeous enough to have on show, it could be a real let down. Luckily, there are plenty of companies currently producing swoon-worthy ceramics and glassware that anyone would be proud to have on display. Some of the latest pieces will not only add to the style of your kitchen, they’ll also be pieces you’ll want to use all the time, so having them out on an open shelf will make them easier to access.
Following trends elsewhere exploring texture and colour, this season’s glassware is all about individuality. In particular, look for etched or cut-glass to add depth and interest to tumblers and wine glasses. Traditional glass makers Waterford have some stunning pieces right now including tumblers and wine glasses in rich bold shades. Beautiful, bespoke handblown glass is also becoming increasingly popular – echoing our love of artisan made products elsewhere in the home – and a single handblown bowl swirled with colour is sure to enhance any display.
Professional chefs such as Tom Kerridge and Michel Roux Jr have long subscribed to the idea that the plate you put your dish on is as much part of the experience of eating as the food itself. In fact, it should be no surprise that an increasing number of hi-end restaurants now sport a bespoke range of tableware. Eminently affordable, handmade ceramics are big business right now, with their slightly wobbly edges and craft aesthetic they might not be for everyone, though. Luckily many high-street stores – Anthropologie and Amara are good places to look – are now producing their own ranges of ‘handmade’ designs, which boast beautiful glazes, interesting patterns and gorgeous colours at great prices.
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