Most of us are in a rush to eat these days with how busy our lives have become, meaning we often just throw some plates on the table and call it a day; completely missing out on quality time in the modern dining room.
Whether it’s just another dinner with your family or a holiday meal, dress your modern dining room table up with a few contemporary additions. Simple elements and/or combinations of objects can really elevate a boring Monday night meal into a real modern dining event.
Option 1: Sunny + Bright
Chances are you’ll use your dinnerware about everyday and sometimes more than one time a day. It’s always smart to invest in a plain white set. They don’t have to be boring – take a look at the Colombina Collection Dinnerware by Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas for Alessi. They may be simple white but their sculptural forms transform them.
Take the simple white dishes up a notch with accessories that have a little more personality, like the I-Wares I-Teapot from Seletti. The porcelain teapot has an elaborate, playful design with modern pop of yellow color on the handle.
Option 2: Upscale Trendy
The Norm Lunch Plates by Norm Architects for Menu A/S come in muted colors which were inspired by the renowned Denmark painter, Vilhelm Hammershoi. They’re the perfect place to start with your modern table design.
Option 3: Graphic Black and White
Take the opposite approach of the sculptural, white dinnerware and go black. The Teema Dinner Plates by Kaj Franck for Iittala are both minimalist and bold, waiting to make a statement on your modern table.
Designer Alexander Purcell Rodrigues, of Purcell Living, created the Sake Bomb Set for sake lovers and epicurean lovers, but even if you aren’t either of those things, this functional set is pretty cool.
Centerpieces are pretty much expected when it comes to decorating a table and candles are often involved. Go for the Spin Table Candelabra from Tom Dixon, which was inspired by various bridge and steam engine components. The cast iron candelabra actually resembles an upside-down mobile, which will add light as well as a bold statement to your modern design.
Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk is a Jersey girl living the laid back life in SoCal. She dreams of designing textiles, running more than 8 miles + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, and drawing.