Top 10: Luxury Tableware Designers

February 2017 Web Exclusive

If you’re looking for a way to update the look of your tableware onboard, here’s some good news for you—there are a lot of options out there. To make narrowing down the search a little easier, Yachting Pages spoke to Sophie Burn, PR and marketing manager at Harlequin London, to talke about her top ten luxury tableware designers for superyacht dining. Here’s what Burn had to say: 

1. Bernardaud

“Limoges’ most prestigious porcelain manufacturer, Bernardaud’s range covers everything from alfresco breakfasts through to state banquets. Whilst it still produces its classic ‘Sevres’ and ‘Limoges’ patterns, the design house is always introducing contemporary and innovative designs and colour ways.

“The range offers a huge selection of pieces, enabling superyacht crew to serve one dinner service with both European and Asian cuisine. ‘Dune’ is a superb example of this, and is a particularly popular design with boats, as the collection includes Holloware for formal dining. It comes in white, gold and platinum varieties, which look wonderful when mixed together.”

2. Christofle

“Christofle is still one of the leading French silver manufacturers. What’s special about Christofle is that each silversmith creates the necessary tools for their craft personally, fashions it to suit their own hands, and remains its sole user. 

“The selection of cutlery, silver serving items, giftware and unique Haute Orfevrerie offered by Christofle is truly magnificent. The brand works closely with designers such as Marcel Wanders, Andree Putman, Ora-Ito, Martin Szekely, Richard Hutten, Karim Rashid, Adam Tihany, Thomas Keller, Savinel & Roze, Thierry Lebon and Marion Vidal to design both traditional and contemporary collections, providing a huge choice of products to fit with any superyacht interior. 

“Considering the tarnishing provoked by the salty sea air, Christofle’s stainless steel range is perfect for superyacht dining, as it’s certainly easier to maintain: Our favourites are the Albi 2, Perles 2 and Osiris ranges.”

3. Hering Berlin

“Having met at college, Stefanie Hering and Wiebke Lehmann shared a passion for turning clay into objects of beauty. Michelin-starred chefs and tableware aficionados now love its pieces.

“On a superyacht, Hering Berlin tableware is particularly special as it’s crafted out of unique, handmade porcelain. Furthermore, all shapes are the same, so ranges can be easily mixed to fit with the other pieces in the collection. The range offers the largest charger plate, and there are full tea sets available. 

“At Harlequin, we love to use the different textures of ‘Velvet’, ‘Pulse’ and ‘Cielo’ to transform a place setting from the ordinary into the extraordinary.”

4. Mario Luca Guisti

“Mario Luca Giusti created his company in 2005, producing barware from synthetic materials, such as acrylic and melamine. 

“His products are fantastic for the yacht’s deck and around the pool, as they are created in designs and colours similar to crystal, but in a material that is more suited to holding icy drinks and withstanding the different elements experienced on board.”

5. Legle

“Legle is a family run business based in Limoges, producing a wide range of solid coloured porcelain. There are 36 different beautiful colour ways to choose from enabling crewmembers to create a bright and vibrant look on the superyacht dining table.

“When creating a bespoke dinner service, we love to mix ‘Sous Le Soleil’ with other patterns from Legle’s collections, such as ‘Carbone’ or ‘Houndstooth’ to add texture to the setting.

“What’s more, Legle tableware is dishwasher safe up to 750 washes, making it perfect for longer-term use on board. Both platinum and gold bands work with the collection, and all pieces in the range come in the same sizing making it much easier when it comes to on-board stowage of formal and informal dining sets.”

6. Puiforcat

“Founded in 1820, Puiforcat is one of the oldest silversmiths in France. It’s a brand that is synonymous with the Deco style of the 1920’s. 

“They produce hand-forged silver flatware and also modern designs for today, such as the beautiful stainless steel Zermatt cutlery and the Champagne Collection of silver beakers, which makes it even more of a celebration!” 

7. Raynaud

“Raynaud’s 150-year history has seen the company create dinner services for influential individuals, such as President Harrison to Lady Diana and Dustin Hoffmann. 

“The brand has embraced the 21st century with interesting shapes for the gourmet chef, as well as patterns and vibrant colours to meet the design needs of interior designers and yacht crew alike.

“’Monceau’ is a delightful informal dining option, as the coloured band comes in 13 different colours to suit the interior scheme. Available in both Turquoise and Marine Blue, Tresor is a more opulent and striking design.”

8. Saint-Louis 

“Saint-Louis is a premier fine crystal manufacturer from the Alsace region of France. Established in the sixteenth century, Saint-Louis produces the very finest handmade products; most notably glassware and paperweights, however they also produce beautiful vases, crystal glass accessories and lighting.”

9. Schott Zweisel

“Elegant, stylish glass ranges for everyday use, the Pure range in particular is very popular with our clients for its contemporary shape. The Triton technology that Scott Zweisel uses gives practical toughness, which means that these ranges can go in the dishwasher and are incredibly durable for life on board.”

10. Sieger by Furstenberg

“In collaboration with Furstenberg, German brothers Michael and Christian Sieger produced a new style of unique and beautiful porcelain. The ‘My China’ range stands out in both quality and diversity, as you can combine each piece in a host of different ways. 

“Every item has the same base, so they fit well to one another ensuring no slipping, which is great for timely service on board. Standing alone, the My China range is a fantastic casual dining option, as it is a blank white canvas allowing it to be mixed with other ranges to create a more bespoke look.

“We like Sieger as it provides Asian dining sets, and the matt finish of their items is completely pore-less meaning it will not stain.”

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