Dining with four tableware gods

20 Oct 2015
3 min read
Sophie Cater asks what is luxury tableware and how is it changing? Arthur Price, Villeroy & Boch, Thomas Goode and Jono Pandolfi give their views…
The Gods

Arthur Price | Simon Price is the current CEO and the fourth generation of the Price family at the helm of luxury cutlery manufacturers, Arthur Price. With two Royal Warrants, a celebrity client list and a 110-year-old history it knows a thing or three about the tableware and cutlery industry.

Villeroy & Boch | Nathalie Müller is the Product Manager of ceramics, gifts and luxury at Villeroy & Boch, which dates back to the early 19th century and have been pioneering the European ceramic industry.

Jono Pandolfi | Ceramic artist and designer, Jono Pandolfi has worked with Michelin-starred chef David Kinch on his nature-inspired tableware. He is at the helm of the wave of modern tableware designers.

Thomas Goode | Miles de Lange is the Creative Director at heritage china, silverware and glassware producers.

How do you thinkluxurytablewarehas changed over the centuries?

Simon Price from Arthur Price | “Two things have changed over the last 100 years or so; style and material.”

Nathalie Müller at Villeroy & Boch | “Luxury tableware has changed a lot over the last centuries as…it used to be reserved for only a small group of people, like kings and others and was a rarity.”

Jono Pandolfi | “Over the last decade we have seen a huge explosion in everyone’s interest in handmade dinnerware and tableware. This is especially true in high-end fine dining.”

Miles de Lange at Thomas Goode | “Luxury tableware has become part of a new lifestyle which is still part of the formal dining but in a more relaxed way with a mixture of elements other than the classic service as in the past, ithas also become big part of theyacht, private travel and resortliving.”

What trends do you see emerging at the moment in tableware?

Simon Price from Arthur Price | “There is a ‘retro resurgence’ happening. Years ago you went into a fine hotel and every room was the same. Now there are different dining experiences across different styles.”

Nathalie Müller at Villeroy & Boch | “In some ways tableware has become a statement of personal style, individuality and personality, kind of like fashion. It is trend to mix & match with different shapes, colours and materials in order to create an individual table setting.”

Jono Pandolfi | “Who knows how long the stoneware thing will keep on growing, especially now that the large manufacturers have all caught on. We’ll keep evolving to offer new, great options to restaurateurs, and eventually the bigger manufacturers will no doubt follow.“

Miles de Lange at Thomas Goode | “Trends are many, but mainly mixes of patterns and metals are happening all round, but more important in the luxury marketare the bespoke commissions and handpainted one of a kind services.”

How would you decorate your idealluxurytable?

Simon Price from Arthur Price | “There is nothing better than a huge Christmas table with everything on it celebrating with close family and friends. A Christmas table tells you a lot about people from the cook to the guests and everything in between.”

Nathalie Müller at Villeroy & Boch | “For the ultimate classic and luxurious table setting, I would recommend to use a plain white tablecloth combined with white or simple coloured porcelain in order to achieve a harmonious tone. The ideal match to achieve this look would be our Premium Bone Porcelain collection La Classica Nuova and La Classica Contura. By adding silver and gold accessories your table setting becomes even more luxurious. An additional touch of luxury can be achieved by adding delicate crystal glass and stemware, like the new Grand Royal and crystal accessories, like the Little Lights candle holders.”

Jono Pandolfi | “I’d probably start out with a light, neutral table cloth, throw a beaded table runner over that. From there I’d add crystal candlesticks from our collection in varying shapes and heights.Napkins would be linen. Ideally the napkins and linens would all contrast slightly but work well together with the plates.Dinnerware would be mine with the dark contrasting rim.Flowers would be in short bud vases with sparse modern arrangements.Glassware would be from Ittala; not too plain, as I like textured glasses.”

Miles de Lange at Thomas Goode | “With a combination of porcelain, bone china and quirky silver pieces, from traditional, modern and found objects d’art which will intrigue everyoneat the table and create a dialogue about these pieces.”