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3 Ways to Set a Modern Table

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

Colombina Collection Dinnerware by Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas from Alessi

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.

I-Wares I-Teapot from Seletti

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.

Siena Napkin from Artek

Artek’s ABC Collection features a Alvar Aalto pattern from 1954 and the graphic print on the Siena Napkins is still relevant today. Plus it adds another splash of color to your table decor.

Option 2: Upscale Trendy

Norm Lunch Plates by Norm Architects for Menu A/S

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.

Spear Tray by Trine Andersen for Ferm LIVING

The diamond pattern on Ferm LIVING’s Spear Tray, designed by Trine Andersen, entices the eye with its subtle colors making it a great option for a modern serving accessory.

The Midas Cutlery from Seletti

Add a bit of the Midas touch to your table with the appropriately named Midas Cutlery from Seletti. The gentle curves and golden finish make for quite the elegant modern table setting.

Option 3: Graphic Black and White

Teema Dinner Plate by Kaj Franck for Iittala

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.

Sake Bomb Set by Alexander Purcell Rodrigues for Purcell Living

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.

Spin Table Candelabra from Tom Dixon

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

Jaime Derringer

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.

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