Patterned plates tell a story beyond the food that is served on them. They help to add decorative interest to a table set-up and enhance the visual appeal of the food.
Food and nature, street scenes and landscapes, graphics and prints are the most common patterns. To help choose a pattern, take inspiration from the type of food, the occasion, or even the country. A food that is hot and spicy could be served on a pattern with bright reds. For breakfast, the graphic patterns of Mackenzie Childs are fun and whimsical an English country scene, typical of traditional designs by Spode and Wedgwood, could be the theme to British-inspired food.
At Maison et Objet in Paris this year, there were several examples of modern patterns based on Chinese history. Marcel Wanders’s Blue Ming collection for Vista Allegre featured a classic blue and white pattern, Richard Ginori fused Italian design with classic China patterns in bright colors with Oriente Italiano collection and CTRLZAK’s designs of ‘East meets West’ history of ceramics for the CeramiX Art Collection.
Let the pattern of the plate become part of the garnish – think printed grapes on a cheese platter. It will provide an element of surprise for your guests once all the food is eaten!
NOSH Tip: Check decorative plates before serving food. Some are food safe but not dishwasher safe as the design can fade in high temperature and wear away protective enamel.