Tabletop: Match Game

Fashion mags and wedding registrants used to caution against mixing patterns, but not anymore. Now the trend is to mix, mingle, and merge dinnerware designs—the only limit is your imagination



show your stripes

Marc Jacobs’s brand-new collection for Waterford brings the designer-for-hire trend onto the table. Named “David” for a friend of Jacobs’s, these elegant yet bold formal pieces come with canary, scarlet, or ocean-colored stripes and lend themselves beautifully to mixing and matching. MACY’S Mikasa’s Zena flatware streamlines the look. J. F. HENRY



be a busy bee

Villeroy & Boch’s “Audun Ferme” china includes interchangeable patterns that communicate Old World charm in a very modern color palette; Vera Wang’s “Grosgrain” flatware for Wedgwood is equally classic and charming. A crystal charger by Nachtmann provides an elegant frame. MACY’S Bold, black-patterned linens by Compliments are both modern and nostalgic. LIBERTY 123


get in shape

The cool colors and offbeat architecture of Juliska’s earthy dinnerware give them a casual ease. Fern-patterned wine glasses by Mariposa and Arte Italica’s adorable name-card holder evoke down-home comfort. LIBERTY 123 Calvin Klein’s Asian-inspired linens bring the outdoors in, while Vera Wang’s “Lariat” place settings for Wedgwood are shapely and timeless. MACY’S


go for the gold

The muted nautical theme of Raynaud’s gold-trimmed “Conde” fine china dinner plate sets the stage for the coral-colored dessert dish from the “Cristobal” collection. A cup and saucer from Versace’s “Primavera” collection for Rosenthal tops them off. PORCELAIN GALLERY Linens by Waterford and Lauren by Ralph Lauren dress the table.