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The Best Dinnerware Sets to Satisfy Your Modern Style

These collections demonstrate playing with a full deck when it comes to cutlery.
Roxanne Robinson Jun 14, 2021
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Why do dinnerware sets—which include dinner plates, salad plates, bowls, and mugs, generally arriving in settings of four—give us a thrill? Louise Favier, a graduate student of Clinical Mental Health Program at Antioch University Seattle, offers: "In response to life's unpredictable nature, collecting and completing sets gives us an opportunity to do something definable and achievable, to set goals that we know don't really matter." That said, to the style and shopping-obsessed, those are serious goals. Favier continues: "Adding items to our lives gives us a flash of joy and satisfaction. Some people discover the process of searching is a valuable distraction, soothing racing minds and giving us small but lovely wins in our day."

Nest Casa is all for the feelings that winning a new acquisition for your home can bring. Hopefully, these dinnerware sets can aid in your journey toward fulfillment—at least, concerning all things dining-related. 

Editor's Picks: Dinnerware Sets

1. Williams Sonoma Bordallo Pinheiro Cabbage Dinnerware Sets

Williams Sonoma

Bordallo Pinheiro Cabbage Dinnerware Sets
$113.00 BUY NOW

The 19th-century Portuguese artist Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro was known for his amusing caricatures, illustrations, and ceramic designs. Even after 100 years, his magical design archives still produce this classic cabbage-themed dining set. It has been delighting tables ever since. 


2. Fortessa Tableware Solutions Bone China Dinnerware

Fortessa Tableware Solutions

Bone China Dinnerware (16-Piece Set)
$200.00 BUY NOW

A true foodie knows the pleasure of white dishes. They consider them a blank canvas for the chef to display his or her art. The set lover will relish these everyday, durable bone-china dishes from Fortessa, which includes a dinner plate, a salad or dessert plate, a mug, and a pasta bowl. The pasta bowl is in lieu of the typical cereal bowl—and perfect for salad meals. 


3. Fornasetti Set 6 plates Piscibus

Fornasetti

Set 6 plates Piscibus
$3.05 BUY NOW

Fornasetti might be renowned for his depictions of Lina Cavalieri's face, but he was fond of fish faces, too. Hand-painted on porcelain, these six unique and boldly colored aquatic animals rest on a pale blue, pastoral toile–print background that covers the plate.


4. Lella & Massimo Vignelli Heller Dinnerware

Lella & Massimo Vignelli

Heller Dinnerware by Lella & Massimo Vignelli in Kelly Green 58 Pieces + Napkins
Price upon request BUY NOW

It took an American to bring these delightful Seventies-era dishes, designed by Italian husband and wife Massimo and Lella Vignelli, to fruition. Initially created in 1964, the couple encountered financial issues, so Italian production was halted. American Alan Heller bought the molds and resumed production, simultaneously launching the U.S. brand Heller. By 1975, production moved to the United States, and bright colors—such as this cheerful kelly green set, complete with matching napkins from Marimekko—were introduced to the line.


5. Salvatori

Chairish

Vintage White Melamine Dinnerware by Massimo Vignelli for Heller - 31 Pieces
$550.00 BUY NOW

Heller also saved this futuristic dinnerware set design by the Vignellis from obscurity. His resuscitation of the brand landed this dish set in the permanent museum collections of New York's MoMA, CooperHewitt, and The Met. The white colorway shown has been in production since the 1970s, surviving plenty of décor trends between then and now.


6. Casafina Modern Classic Ceramic Dinnerware & Serveware

Casafina

Modern Classic Ceramic Dinnerware & Serveware
$172.00 BUY NOW

Besides the wonderful shade of pink that these dishes arrive in, the genius of this Casafina Pacifica set is in the different combinations that it can come in. Prefer soup bowls to pasta bowls? No problem. Need eight dinner plates but only four salad plates? Done. Even better, this set appeals to those who like a little color with their meals. Along with pink, the Portuguese-made line offers standard white, cream, navy blue, slate green, and charcoal.


7. La DoubleJ Soup And Dinner Plates Set Of 4

La DoubleJ

Soup And Dinner Plates Set Of 4
$412.33 BUY NOW

Being a part of a set doesn't mean everything has to be the same. Take, for instance, the playful colors of J.J. Martin's La Double J soup and dinner plates. These four rainbow-inspired combos will have guests smiling with delight even before they’re served any delicious food.


8. KRB Christopher Spitzmiller Marbleized Dinner Service

KRB

Christopher Spitzmiller Marbleized Dinner Service
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Nest Casa believes strongly in the power of marble in home design. That's one reason to love Christopher Spitzmiller's marbleized dinner service. Another is the unexpected pops of pink and lime green that give this ancient material a fresh look.


9. KRB Charlotte, Thomas and Pinwheel Collections

KRB

Charlotte, Thomas and Pinwheel Collections
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Michael Devine adds whimsical hand-painting to these Charlotte, Thomas, and Pinwheel dinnerware set collections. Though each pattern is unique, these themes intermingle nicely to create an eclectic set.


10. Chairish Contrade Set

Chairish

Contrade Set of 17 Dinner Plates From Siena
$2,120.00 BUY NOW

This set of dinner plates from Siena is as unique as each guest. Plus, it’s guaranteed to get the dinner conversation started. Each plate relates to one of the Italian town's 17 districts (or, contrades). Neighborhoods have been represented by the prevalent trade prevalent since the Renaissance. For example, silkworms for the silk trade, unicorns for goldsmiths, and dragons for the banking trade. 


11. Food52 x Kate Roebuck Outdoor Bamboo Dinnerware

Food52

Food52 x Kate Roebuck Outdoor Bamboo Dinnerware
$95.00 BUY NOW

Dining al fresco doesn’t always mean plastic as a china alternative. Eco-conscious bamboo can also do the trick for casual outdoor dining, where breakage is a concern. This collaboration between Food52 and Kate Roebuck, a Chattanooga-based artist, draws upon a range of natural leaf patterns to enhance this 12-piece set.


12. Este Ceramiche for Moda Domus Set-Of-Four Painted Ceramic Dessert Plates

Este Ceramiche for Moda Domus

Set-Of-Four Painted Ceramic Dessert Plates
$190.00 BUY NOW

From one of Europe’s most storied ceramic makers comes these green, speckled dessert plates. Because, sometimes a set can serve a distinct need. These Este Ceramiche plates for Moda Domus bring fresh cheer in a spunky green swatch to any setting.


13. Salvatori

Josiah Wedgwood

Pearlware Hand Enameled Cabbage Leaf Plates, Dated 1860, Set / 6
$2,600.00 BUY NOW

A testament to the longevity of the cabbage motif is this vintage set of hand-enameled plates. These beauties pre-date the U.S. Civil War by a year with a provenance that reaches back to 1860. This extremely rare set of six pearlware pieces, created by Josiah Wedgwood, is unique in its yellow and green colorway.


14. 1stDIBS Corteo Porcelain Dinner Plates

1stDIBS

Set of 12 Corteo Porcelain Dinner Plates
$1,110.74 BUY NOW

Experience the glory of the Ottoman Empire through this set of 12 dinner plates by Vito Nesta. This hand-crafted porcelain set depicts the rich culture of the Turkish rule, which influenced Europe for more than 600 years, starting in the 13th century.


15. Les-Ottomans Ikat Set-Of-Four Porcelain Dinner Plates

Les-Ottomans

Ikat Set-Of-Four Porcelain Dinner Plates
$205.00 BUY NOW

Another nod to this historic era is the Les Ottomans set of four porcelain dinner plates, which recreate the Turkish Ikat pattern. This decorative choice is designed by Milan-based Bertrando Di Renzo, who uses hand application techniques to impose geometric patterns on the ceramics.


Roxanne Robinson
Roxanne Robinson is an award-winning Paris-based American journalist covering luxury and fashion industries with over 25 years of experience. I spent over 18 years at WWD, covering sportswear, accessories and fine jewelry. My career witnessed the shift from print media to the digital age. I gained expert knowledge of the design world, wholesale and retail markets as well as the marketing that supports them. I met endless creatives and business people who create luxury from inception to POS with the consumer. My work has appeared in Forbes.com, BoF, The Hollywood Reporter, CRFashionbook.com, The Jewelry Journal as well in-house publications and websites at Bally, Pomellato, Au Depart and Editorialist.com among others.
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