As any aspiring foodie worth their salt will know, when it comes to dishing up your home-cooked cuisine, it’s all about the presentation. What good is slaving away over a hot stove if your culinary creation is destined for that chipped dinner plate you’ve had since your student days? Think of sipping a beautifully presented cocktail or receiving an exquisitely wrapped gift – there’s something undeniably gratifying in taking care with your presentation.
Where tableware is concerned, the trick is to pick designs that let your food take the spotlight, yet have enough of something special to elevate your meal from mere sustenance to an experience to be savoured. Time to upgrade your dinnerware, then. Say hello to the dishy numbers that’ll have those clapping emojis flooding in faster than you can say Bon Appetite!
Words: Kate Worthington
Palladian side plate
Classic with ultra modern graphic overtones, Peckham-based studio Custhom’s Palladian collection is just right for grown up palettes.
£32 at custhom.co.uk
London-based designer Hend Kitchen’s new breakfastware is itself good enough to eat. Its delicate blush hues and tactile quality will ensure you’ll use it for lunch and dinner time too.
From £40 at hendkrichen.com
Rustic and hearty fare will look right at home on Toast’s french earthenware range. Complete the look with linen table cloths and a wholesome looking loaf of sourdough. Yum.
From £15 at toa.st/uk
Dipped earthenware dinner plates
These mix-and-match plates will bring a splash of colour to your table in an instant. Fresh and uplifting, they’re a natural accompaniment for vibrant dishes, from curries and noodle salads to pilafs.
£25 for set of 4 at pedlars.co.uk
Tap into the trend for inky blues with Marimekko’s artistic Weather Series. Bringing Scandi cool to your table, they’ll make every dish you serve look like something straight out of the Noma kitchen (honest).
From £26 at skandium.com
Walala London Fields plate
Artist and designer Camilla Walala brings her bold graphic style to this design in collaboration with homeware mecca Aria. We challenge you to come up with a monochrome dish to match.
£24 from ariashop.co.uk
For something to satisfy sweet tooths, try Anthropologie’s adorable Isidra range. Pretty and dainty, you can’t help but love its feminine allure. Just the serve for your bakes and cakes.
From £16 at anthropologie.com
Pols Potten hippy plates and mosaic bowls
Recalling the intricate patterns of Moorish tiles, Pols Potten’s Hippy range is sure to add a sunny Middle Eastern flavour to proceedings. Decant your humous into one of these beauties and you might even get away with passing it off as homemade…
£36 for set of 4 plates and £23 for set of 4 bowls from amara.com
Porcelain marble dinnerware
One for chefs in pursuit of Michelin star-quality perfection, Zara Home’s faux marble dinnerware exudes a luxe and refined vibe. A stone-cold classic.
From from £4.99 at zarahome.com
Collector's editions dinnerware
Matchy-matchy not for you? West Elm’s artist-designed dinnerware features doodles, illustrations and patterns that feel eclectic yet unified. Guaranteed to transform your spread into an edible work of art.
From £5 at westelm.co.uk
Shorthand for utilitarian chic, hipster favourite Falcon Enamelware is a go-to for hearty comfort food. It’s also virtually indestructible, dishwasher proof and will save on washing up thanks to its oven-to-table abilities. That’s what we call a one dish wonder.
From £37 for set of 4 pie dishes at falconenamelware.com
Social by Jason Atherton tableware
How better to show off your cookery skills than with tableware designed by a bona fide chef? Take a leaf out of acclaimed kitchen talent Jason Atherton’s book and present your dishes on a minimalist backdrop for a simple yet striking look. It’s almost a shame to tuck in…
From £4 at johnlewis.com