This week's Table Setting of the Week features one of the most contemporary designs in dinnerware available at Didriks: the iittala Teema dinnerware. The hyper modern design declares unabashedly the function of the form. For instance, the plate rims on iittala Teema dinner plate: it come off the base of the plate in a dramatic angle rather than a subtle elevation common in most plate designs announcing that the rim is used to help keep the food in the plate. "And I'm going to make sure it happens." This weeks look defies the perception of grey as a gloomy, sedate color. Grey can be bold and interesting and beautiful. The predominant use of grey in this table setting looks dramatic in its own right, but also acts as the perfect neutral backdrop for a pop of color to add visual interest and a bit of whimsy.
To achieve the look above, start with the Chilewhich Rib Weave rectangular tablemat in Pearl. We just got these in the store so we were pretty excited to use them in a table setting. Stack the iittala Teema Dinner Plate in pearl grey, iittala Teema Salad Plate in pearl grey, and iittala Teema Soup/Cereal Bowl in terracotta for a pop of unexpected color.
Then roll up the Libeco Vence Linen Napkin in black, a rich black linen that addes variety to the grey palette, and slip the Chilewich Stainless Steel Napkin rings in gravel inlay over it. Place that at the top of the place setting and arrange the Sabre Basic 5 Piece Place Setting in grey to further amplify the grey color. Finish the table setting with a bit of color and whimsy to balance the dominating grey by using iittala Origo Tumbler and iittala Origo Small Cup. The horizontal stripes echo the lines of the Chilewich mat and the red stripes tie the red of the iittala Teema Soup/Cereal Bowl in terracotta to the rest of the table setting. The iittala Origo Small Cup, which is ideally sized for individual dipping bowl or butter server, adds further visual interest and fun with the orange glaze on the bottom of the cup, making the cup look like a sunny side up egg when seen from a bird's eye view.