Guest Picks: Minimalist Dining

I’m attracted to natural shapes and substances and I despise jumble, but I’d have no problem whatsoever leaving of those modern, minimalist serving things out in my counter or tabletop. Made from wood, metal and glass, they are stunning in their simplicity. I’m certain I would appreciate these superbly designed, highly usable pieces for a long time to come! — Kathryne from Cookie and Kate

ABC Carpet & Home

Ripple Porcelain Trays, White – $35

I really like the natural shape of the plates in this collection. Each plate looks great separately, or stack a few for more visual effect.

Design Within Reach

Midas Collection Glasses – $50

Appropriately named, Midas Glassware is the job of a Swedish design group collectively known as Front. I love their glossy, sporty lines, but their slanted gold foundations are exactly what make them extraordinary.

Jayson Home

Braid Server – $146

I’m completely enamored by the natural shape of this bowl along with the ethnic-inspired print on the inside. Bonus: this gorgeous stoneware and ceramic server is dishwasher-safe too!


RSVP International Marble Pastry Board – $59.95

This elegant 18-inch square marble board was created for rolling out pastries, but would also serve as a beautiful cheese or dessert tray.

Heath Ceramics

Curve Bamboo Peppermill – $115

This beeswax-finished bamboo pepper mill by Studio44eighty appears like a work of art. I’d be glad to leave this out in my dining table!

Brook Farm General Store

Teak Salt Dish & Spoon – $18

This beautiful, handmade teak salt cellar would be ideal for serving sea salt at a chic dining table. The spoon is designed to rest at the top of the cellar, so that it would be simple to pass the set around.

Heath Ceramics

Pride Flatware – $100

This modern, classic flatware was designed by David Mellor in 1953. I really like the minimalist three-piece setting, as all a individual really needs is a spoon, knife and fork!

Heath Ceramics

Cutting Board, Black Walnut – $195

This substantial, black walnut cutting board is practical and beautiful. It would make a fine serving surface for bread and cheese.

Gretel Home

Cake Stand At Milk – $124

Dessert displays tend to look fussy, but this cake rack is magnificent in its simplicity. Sugar and butter-laden cakes do not require a frilly base to make them seem appetizing!

West Elm

Fundamental Oven-To-Table Cookware – $12

West Elm’s basic cookware gives a blank canvas to allow your dish glow at the table. This dish can go from oven to table with no issue, plus it bakes evenly and cleans up easily.


Tambien Smoke Barware – $3.95

This smoke barware from CB2 reminds me of the classic collection of drinking glasses I inherited from my grandma. The tinted glass provides some welcome contrast to a white table.


Glass Dharma 9.5mm Exquisite Bends Glass Drinking Straw – $8.85

This glass drinking straw is a lot more economical than normal, plastic straws and it’s reusable! It would be ideal for sipping smoothies, milkshakes or maybe even a cocktail.


Krups Silver Art Collection Electric Kettle – $75.18

This electric kettle is from Krups’ aptly named Silver Art Collection. This kettle would make tea service seem extra special.


Spare Stripe Mug – $24

I really like the muted stripe and natural shape of this handmade mug. It looks like an ideal mug for cupping with both palms to enjoy your morning java.

Large Rectangle Lacquer Trays – $59

This large, lacquered white tray will make itself useful in so many ways. It would be ideal for serving tea or snacks, and it would make a fine home base for a small bar area.


Bosco Mango Wood Salad Bowl And Salad Servers Set – $66.95

This mango wood serving set is a classic that could endure for many years if cared for correctly. My parents have a similar bowl, and I do not understand just how many cakes were tossed in it at our table growing up!


Bari Glass Bowl – $2.95

This basic glass jar is the perfect size for so many things, from breakfast to dessert to nuts and other snacks. I’d never run out of applications for all these shapely little bowls!


Wooden Spoons By WindandWillowHome

All these wooden spoons with their colorful dipped ends would include a bit of colour to an otherwise neutral table. They’re both fun and functional!


Black And White Nesting Dish Set By vitrifiedstudio – $170

This black and white nesting dish determined by vitrifiedstudio looks like it belongs to a contemporary art museum’s gift store. I imagine I’d feel fancy snacking against those bowls, irrespective of what’s inside!


Nora Wine Glasses – $10.95

All these basic wine glasses from Crate and Barrel would seem at home on a minimalist table. They’re not too curvy or too wide — they’re just perfect.

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