The Eclectic Holiday Table
by Alexa Hotz
Photographed by Hanna Tveite
This holiday season, embrace eclecticism. Scrap the fine china and eschew the expected for a new approach to tabletop decor. Here’s the formula: pull objects from around the house. Gather them in the middle of your table and take stock. Glassware from Sweden, silver from Denmark, lucite from France, pyrite from Peru, horn from Uganda. The modern table (and kitchen) is distinctly global with encyclopedic influences for a more assorted—and artful—arrangement.
Swedish crystal from designer Deborah Ehrlich is as clear as water. Black soapstone, pulled from the freezer, is a quirky alternative to ice fit for purists.
Fluted glass is an instant heirloom, gold tone flatware a distinctive choice, and rarefied antiques all inform the modern eclectic table.
Gilded servers from Mepra, the three-generations-old Italian flatware manufacturer, is made with enduring (scratch resistant) gold-tone titanium.
From Kingston, New York, blackline boards are made from a single piece of white oak and finished by way of the wood’s own natural reactive tannic acid. The boards are useful for kitchen prep and carry over to the table for serving.
An unexpected detail, vintage sterling silver salt and pepper shakers have a curious shape. It’s that one unidentifiable element on the table that keeps even the most design-informed guest guessing.
Never scrimp on the kitchen arsenal. Coltellerie Berti’s lucite handle knives have been made in France since 1895; functional for the kitchen and appealing for the table.
Shallow measuring cups in brass are reminiscent of antique Swedish cookware (but from Danish company Ferm Living). Good for leveling off gobs of baking soda or, separated out, as serving scoops on the table.
Nothing finishes the meal quite like stainless steel espresso cups from Danish silversmiths Georg Jensen. The pint-sized design pairs Japanese tea traditions with a European sensibility.
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