Setting the table with Bodo Sperlein
The dining table has been a gathering place for generations. From casual get-togethers with family and friends to milestone celebrations, the table has come to take centre stage in our homes. Research by Italian chef Giovanni Rana found that a quarter of British people consider the dining table the heart of the home, and over half say that mealtime conversation is where they learn more about each other; in our homes, the dining table has become a vital space for gathering, commemoration and sharing.
There are two key ingredients (aside from the diners themselves) that contribute the pleasure of dining: the choice of food, and tableware. Creating both visual beauty and setting the mood are integral parts of tablescaping, the art of decoratively arranging the tabletop, a trend that’s currently taking Instagram by storm. Taking time to tablescape elevates even the humblest of meals to something indulgent and spirit-lifting, a playful way to take joy in the small things in life.
With Bodo Sperlein’s designer tableware, the boundaries between decoration and utility are blurred; the plate is at once an art piece, and a functional object; the bowl is half sculpture, half practical. Our boundary pushing designs are created to make a statement on the table.
How to approach tablescaping? The tabletop should be expressive and tell a story; start with a colour, theme or tablecloth base and build the aesthetic from there. Don’t be afraid to break rules; match materials, clash patterns, juxtapose shapes. In this shoot for Anthology, our veined Carrara and watery Pomona Tempest plates chime perfectly with the marble backdrop, creating a subtle, calming feel.
Forget that you are dealing in plates, bowls and cutlery; think of the table as a canvas where you can be creative and think of your tableware as elements of an artwork.
Our shapely, flower-inspired Blossom range makes an impression on every tabletop. Create a floral meadow by layering them, or opt for accent blooms with one or two pieces. Have mostly monochrome tableware? Mix in a Blossom bowl in pale pink or soft blue to add a fresh dimension. Their pastel tones work especially well when combined with a delicate, fruity dessert.
Consider the materiality of the table. If you have a wooden base like Table 988, silver accessories add elegance. For a dramatic feel, a larger flash of silver such as the Dune Bowl or Rhythm Candelabra add a real sense of luxury.
Dialogue is a key element to every meal, and our ONDA centrepiece is a true conversation starter. Part art object, part serving platter, its exquisite small silver vessels can be filled with delicious morsels from canapés to palette cleaners and petit fours; the most beautiful way to begin or round off an evening around the table, finding out new things about one another.
For more inspiration, see the beautiful Anthology photoshoot, styled by Anna Mackie and visit us on Instagram. Dinner is about so much more than food.
Styling: Anna Mackie
Photography: Andy Gore
Styling: Jessica Jung
Photography: Fabian Frinzel