Bloomin' Brilliant Service

Patricia Boyer, Lois Bloom / May 2013

From breakfast through dinner and appetizer through dessert, these table wares are as versatile in their uses as they are attractive to behold. Lois Bloom and Patricia Boyer report. Photos by Ryann Cooley. Styling by Lindsey Taylor.


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    Orion Trading and Design The 15" by 7" “Ociana” hammered stainless-steel spinnaker bowl can be filled with salads, seafood, or pasta for a dynamic banquet presentation.

    Rosenthal The “Free Spirit” porcelain bowl stands 10 7/8" high and holds an impressive 26 1/2 ounces. Presentations can range from a sublime seviche to a luxurious banana split.

    Tablecraft The “Remington” rice pattern stainless-steel round pedestal bowl is offered in three sizes: 12" D by 7 1/2" H, 14" D by 10 1/4" H (shown), and 14" D by 12 1/4" H. Use them to present a mound of seafood on ice, a main course salad, or fresh fruit.


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    Churchill From Alchemy fine vitreous china, the two-tier small rectangular plate tower carries the day, from afternoon tea to tapas to cheese course. The plates measure 6 3/4" by 3 7/8" and 11 3/4" by 5 3/4".

    Guy Degrenne “New Moon” plays with the classical round dinnerware shape, offering an unconventional inclined space that can be customized with a logo or decoration. The 11" dinner plate, 6.2" dinner plate, and 7.8" salad bowl offer a wide range of plating possibilities, from appetizers to desserts.

    Royal Doulton The “Loop” 11" by 4" teacup plate has a well to hold companion pieces, such as the stackable dip bowl and teacup shown. A smaller tray is available for an espresso cup or small bowl.


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    Steelite International From Martin Kastner's Crucial Detail studio comes the 10 1/2" square “Dune” Landscape Plate in white porcelain. Originally created for Alinea restaurant, the uses are limited only by the imagination.

    Deshoulieres Chef “On DiVague” extra-white, hi-fired Limoges porcelain features a 3.10 ounce cup on a 6" by 3.5" tray, for espresso and pastries or amuse bouche soup and toasts.

    Oneida Foodservice From Schonwald’s white porcelain “Fine Dining 900,” the 8.3" square plate and 7.9" rectangular plate stand out on their own, or coordinate for a more complex presentation.


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    RAK “B Concept” consists of three pieces: a 12" by 4 3/4" small platter/dinner plate, a 20" by 12" large platter, and an 11.8" coupe plate. Use them individually for apps, mains, and desserts, and in combinations for buffets.


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    Villeroy & Boch Stackable, durable, and chip-resistant, the 70 items in the “Affinity” collection are specifically designed to be versatile and adaptable. The 13 3/4" by 11 1/2" three compartment oval platter is shown with three oval bowls.

    Sambonet “Sphera” painted steel bowls/trays are available in three sizes (9 1/2", 12 1/8", and 15 3/8") and three colors (purple, gold, and copper).


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    American Metalcraft Small stainless-steel “Tasting Plates” with convenient molded handles are offered in hammered or satin finish. The ovals measure 4" by 3 1/4" and the triangles are 4 1/2" by 3 1/4".

    Izabel Lam “Lake” porcelain dinnerware is strengthened with magnesium for durability. The 3" H by 4.5" D amuse bouche coupe (also available in silver glaze) can also be a sauce bowl or serving cup. Flip it over and it becomes a vase or even a stand to elevate the 10 1/2" by 11 1/2" platter/serving tray.