The holiday season is centred on feasts; even “he himself, the Grinch, carved the roast beast”. Dressing the table and decking the halls has become a quintessential part of hosting; lighting sets the mood. Andlight by designer Lukas Peet offers a piece to hang over the table, the Button 60, a wide surface LED pendant light that easily tucks in different directions—a playful design to shine a spotlight on the festive spread atop the table.
Let amaryllis take the place of poinsettias this year in Iittala’s Alvar Aalto vase (available in various sizes), its shape said to be inspired by the ever-washing shores of Finland’s many lakes. Or set holly and greenery on a commode in Rosenthal’s eclectic Mini Vases. These petite vessels form a collection 50 years in the making, based on 12 of the company’s most celebrated vase designs.
In the way of appetizers, wedges of Gouda and Gruyère look ever more impressive accompanied by Alessi’s Milky Way Minor Knife Block. A bamboo casing houses knives for hard and soft cheeses, outfitted with ivory handles in thermoplastic resin. During dinner, “pass the salt” becomes a welcome favour with Tiffany & Co.’s Sea Urchin salt and pepper shakers. The set, made from bone china, add charm and encourage delicate handling.
Set the scene for the main course with Hering Berlin’s Cielo plates. Each eye-catching hole is drilled by hand, and surprisingly, each is dishwasher and microwave safe. Hermès’ Attelage Stainless serving ware presents a nod to its equestrian heritage with stirrup detailing. To the right of water glasses, something unexpected: Sieger by Furstenberg’s Sip of Gold Champagne Goblet in White Cushion, lined with 24 karat gold, for a toast befitting an immaculately planned dinner.