The Best Dinnerware Sets to Satisfy Your Modern Style
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Lella & Massimo Vignelli
Heller Dinnerware by Lella & Massimo Vignelli in Kelly Green 58 Pieces + NapkinsPrice 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.