style and elegance of Italy table dressing

Setting a table: simplicity, luxury, and refinement–that’s how to set a table and chairs with Italian elegance

Italy furniture style

Italy is famous for both its food and for the style and elegance of its table dressing. Our table settings are unrivaled in simplicity and luxury. We say simplicity and luxury, but there is also a focus on craftsmanship and respect for family traditions, combined with a measure of pride, which justifies that bit of creative folly that sets us apart.

style and elegance of Italy table dressing
style and elegance of Italy table dressing

Italian Table Setting

For dinner in a country house or on a terrace by the sea, the table setting will be more colorful and rustic than it is on other occasions. But here, too, nothing is left to chance. With a brocaded linen tablecloth or damask linen in a vivid color by Frette, one of the largest linen producers in Italy, the dishes, the pitchers, and the soup plates should be from Ceramica di Caltagirone. This ceramic ware, from a small town in Sicily, features lively designs and colors, with decorations that often date back to the Middle Ages. Craft traditions have been handed down from father to son for centuries. A service whose plates have so much personality may be accompanied by flatware of simple lines to make the whole a bit lighter, such as the Caccia model in silver designed by Luigi Caccia Dominomi for Alessi, a true classic in international design.

Italy table and chair set for restaurants
Italy table and chair set for restaurants

The house of Alessi is well-known for its colorful, amusing, and at times irreverent products. It manufactures and redesigns traditional and important pieces such as the Bauhaus and Dressler models, modern-looking even though they were created more than a century ago.

Dining in Italian style

For the rustic table, the glasses and pitchers may be of colored glass with differing tonalities, as in the Carnevale series by Venini. This famous glassmaker is one of the cult houses of “Made in Italy,” having allied its name since its 1921 founding in Murano with some of the most prestigious, world-famous names in architecture–Mendini, Sottsass, and Aulenti.

If the occasion is an important one, like Christmas, a birthday, or a christening, it is time to bring out the rare pieces from the past such as the magnificent tapered Venini goblets in crystal and gold from the Casanova series created specifically for Fellini’s Casanova, and no longer in production. Their value is exploited to the fullest if they are placed on a delicate white organza or needlepoint lace tablecloth by Jesurum. Logically, the dishes should also be of the same quality. You can choose a classic, such as the Lago Blue model by Richard Ginori in white bone china with an electric blue border trimmed in fine gold. Thanks to an ancient underglazing procedure that Richard Ginori has been using since 1735, this material is especially glossy and so resistant that it can be put in the dishwasher. If a touch of frivolity is needed with dessert and coffee, the plates, cups, cake plate, and sugar bowl from the Dolci Deco series are a beautiful choice. Inspired by the watercolors of the artist Davide Pizzigoni, they are designed by Bulgari and made of porcelain with delicate pastel effects.

Italian dining
Italian dining

Seguso stands out among goblets in the Murano tradition. Its pieces are still blown by hand, using a method going back to the Middle Ages. The classic models are based on eighteenth-century ones and are made in slightly iridescent opaline glass with flecks of gold between the rim and the stem.

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