Thursday, March 5, 2009

Feeding frenzy: Setting the table.

Apartment Therapy - NY featured a new line of table and bakeware the other day, and I have to admit that I'm smitten. In their article, AT suggested that Sengware, this fantastic line of porcelain dishes from the Seattle-based company, could potentially be the new Fiesta. The only strong connection I can make between the two are the bright and perky color palettes each line uses. Otherwise, I really feel like Sengware is the apple to Fiesta's oranges. Sengware dishes provide a modern and whimsical look to conventional dinnerware, and they also boast the utilitarian perks of being microwave, oven, dishwasher and freezer-safe.

When I worked at WickerMart, we often tried to convey to customers that porcelain was indeed a great and durable material for everyday dishware...they would always think about delicate porcelain dolls and head for the more popular stoneware alternatives. For many people, a hefty dish is the sign of quality, but porcelain survives decades at the bottom of the turbulent sea so its durability is evident. And as my $1/each IKEA white dishes can attest, simple is better. The vibrancy of Sengware colors complements the unique simplicity of, for example, their Bistro (white) selection. I think it would be really fun to have a complete tableware set of the simple white dishes and a collection of the accessory pieces in one or more colors. I'm particularly excited about the vessels Sengware has, namely the pitcher and the utensil caddy (which would make an awesome vase for irises or tulips). Despite the clean lines, the shape is extremely natural and organic and I truly feel it would complement the most modern or rustic kitchen. Additional pieces in different styles wouldn't necessarily stick out next to Sengware, either.

Sengware is available direct through their website for relatively affordable prices. You can have a full 16-piece set for $130. The other accessories are also perfectly reasonable. The items I've featured in the pictures in this post are as follows:

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