When dining goes dark, I have fallen head over heals for dark ceramic dinner plates they just make your culinary efforts sing. Also Home recently got in touch with me to see if I could coordinate some of their dining range with flowers. My eye was instantly caught by their matt black glazed Kuro Scandanese (Scandinavian & Japanese) inspired ceramics. They are the perfect blend of simplicity and natural design that is often found in Scandinavia and Japan. The very nature of the way these ceramics are made is the very ethos behind Also Home and all their products. Every item is beautifully made in natural and tactile materials, the pared back Kuro collection focuses on shape and form to create these simple hand-crafted style ceramics.
The soft matt black glaze of these tactile plates work beautifully placed on soft slubby linen, surrounded by pale Summer stems. I’m not one for brights as you all well know but I am quite partial to pale pastel seasonal blooms. I don’t think any table setting is complete without a floral display be it in a big full vase or jam jars dotted down the centre of the table. I felt that the plates needed to do the talking so gently laid a few simple selected stems with an easy knotted napkin. The rest of the flowers I placed in different sized vintage bottles to soften the look.
To make the setting complete I used a unique pressed bamboo lacquerware bowl in matt black, the contrast of the lacquered outside to the smooth pale pressed bamboo inside is stunning. I don’t think any salad could look bad in one of these artisan made bowls.
Also Home are a wonderful brand who believe in uniqueness, quality and individuality. Every item is designed and sourced to support talented artisans across the world. The unique nature of each piece has real beauty in its simplicity, every home needs a little bit of their simple well crafted style to create an truly inspiring interior.
- With thanks to Also Home for the plates and bowl that are featured in this post