Aside from garden parties and eating take-out in the office, there are few excuses for relying on disposable dinnerware – and after a certain point, the habitual purchase of paper and plastic becomes more of a waste than a cost-saving measure. A formal dinner in a fully-equipped home requires ceramic dinnerware not just as a matter of protocol, but also as a practical consideration to restrict the inevitable mess of eating to easily washable surfaces – in addition to tying together the decorative elements of the dining room.
Maxwell & Williams has been a favoured brand of premium dinnerware in Australia since its inception in 1995, and Bonzour Home provides the most versatile of their porcelain offerings in the Café Culture collection and the pictured Cashmere set of bone china dinnerware. The Café Culture series is available in a range of nearly a dozen colours to complement dining spaces taking after the sunlit interiors and alfresco settings of street-side cafés, while the Cashmere bone china set would be a more appropriate fit for the protocols of indoor dining.
The “Noritake” brand has been a recognised mark of quality porcelain dinnerware for over a century, being made in Japan and exported to Europe for use in numerous well-known hotels, restaurants, and airlines. The pictured Le Restaurant 16-piece set from China Pottery casually celebrates the association between the Noritake brand of porcelain dinnerware and L’Art de Vivre (French art of living) with amusing cartoon depictions of a French bistro adorning the ivory porcelain pieces.
Designed by Ikea’s bohemian Maria Vinka, the pictured Färgrik dinnerware collection is an 18-piece set of simplistic and functional design that is suitable for a wide range of interiors. The Färgrik dinnerware set is microwave-safe, dishwasher-safe, and available with glazed finishes in white, light green, turquoise, or dark turquoise – although each piece is also sold separately to enable the mixing of different colours.
Made available through Spotlight Stores with a choice of colours that is similar to Ikea’s entry to this list, the Rococo Mint Dinner Set from Kitch & Co is also comes in white, light turquoise and dark turquoise. The simplistic and robust design of this 12-piece set of stoneware evokes rural connotations, making for eccentric dining spaces when used alongside modern decorations and furnishings.
The pictured Windsor dinner set from the Vantage brand of cookware and dinnerware is a 16-piece set of gold-trimmed ivory porcelain plates and bowls that is ideal for luxurious formal dinners. The rich decoration complements the gilded accents and crystal chandeliers expected of classical dining spaces, while the ivory porcelain serves as an unobtrusive complement to a range of interior colours.
* Brands are listed alphabetically