New tableware collections return for a fresh mise en place, bringing a splash of fantasy and innovative graphic solutions to the table. The expressive inspiration of designers called on by industry leaders to embellish glass and porcelain can be traced back to the beauty of nature: the sky, just like the earth, are masterpieces to admire and concepts to capture. Light effects and the weavings of contrasting nuances then intensify the final patterns and replicated motifs. While the forms of plates and volumes of glasses evolve according to rather common geometries, the design of unique natural textures becomes the stylistic code for a new art de la table. From Ginori 1735, ethereal and intangible inspirations emerge in the new Ether collection, while earthly elements ground the latest lines from Dior Maison.
Like a breath of invisible air, the light and delicate touch of Constance Guisset’s hazy hues give shape to Ether, the latest from Ginori 1735. The noted French designer from Neuilly-sur-Seine has crafted a new poetic model where the texture selected — a nuance worked on irregular forms that ranges from black to blue — gives depth to a plate that can embrace any gourmet creation. The chiaroscuro then appears to reference the imperceptibility of the cloudy material in a subtle shadow bringing alternating positive and negative spaces to the mise en place. Inspired by the name of the collection on which it was developed — Aria (Air) — Ether brings the subtle charm of a winter sky to a line of tableware decorated entirely by hand and produced in Hyper*P, a high-performance, impact resistant porcelain.
Meanwhile, it’s a summer wind that animates the new line of objects for the table designed by Cordelia de Castellane for Dior Maison. The Summer Vibes collection is a game of delicate transparencies that reflect the forms and colors of a pineapple — an exotic fruit symbolizing the sun that was already at the center of a design dedicated to the arts de la table in 1973. Reinterpreted and amplified by the beauty of blown Italian glass, it’s an ode to escape and the sweetness of life, which when paired to plates from the Cannage Provence collection, recalls the beauty and corporeality of Earth’s natural elements. In particular, this last line of plates incorporates a motif depicting the unique woven texture of the straw chairs chosen by Monsieur Dior for his fashion shows in Avenue Montaigne 30. Rattan threads that meet and merge, decorating porcelain plates and cups in an homage to the joyous art of giving and receiving.