categories + archives: tabletop

enhancing life’s palate – Michael Aram’s salt and pepper shakers

We take salt and pepper for granted, not giving a second thought to these dietary staples we use everyday.  But who really knows the history and how we came to rely on them to bring spice to our lives?  Follow … Continue reading

Scalloped silverware for the table

I’ve always believed in trying to eat well and in style and one of the ways to accomplish this is to eat with proper silver flatware. You wouldn’t believe how many people think I’m pulling out all the stops when … Continue reading

bone china: they (happily) don’t make it like they used to!

When I hear of “bone china”, the distant and poorer cousin of porcelain, I rightly or wrongly imagine English dinnerware in a fussy 18th century style, which I certainly don’t think of as hip.  So it took my cousin in … Continue reading

Jensen’s Pyramid

Good news from Georg Jensen, one of my favorite 20th century silversmiths.  Their classic Pyramid pattern flatware is now available in stainless steel (although you can still get it in sterling).  I dig this pattern that harkens back to 1926 when … Continue reading

Georg Jensen’s East African ladies IN THE HOUSE!

Modern, classic, and inspired by the women of East Africa, Georg Jensen, the famed Danish silversmiths created this stunning piece in 1948 in an attempt to create the “perfect ewer”.  It also was the result of focused attention on the … Continue reading

summer living week – A fork was just a fork…

until Christofle, the famed Parisian silversmiths, got their hands on it.  It is virtually impossible to make something new and exciting when it has been in daily use for over 400 years, but that is exactly what Christofle has done … Continue reading

summer living week – shishi living with oil + vinegar

I will venture to say most of us keep our oil and vinegar in the same bottles they came in … perhaps its laziness, maybe it’s “cool” to show off the labels, possibly it brings fond memories of a great … Continue reading