I can only apologise. A little while ago I discussed the fact that #WeWantPlates, when in actual fact it would appear that #WeWantBowls. According to The Guardian, trend forecasters WSGN have recorded that bowl sales now represent 40% of new crockery purchased, with the plate now at 8%. Instagram friendly vessels as they are, bowls are becoming more prominent both in households and in restaurants.
A trend that we are seeing across crockery ranges at the moment is ‘inspired by nature’, which isn’t surprising when we consider the popularity of foraged, seasonal and local produce on menus. Stoneware, organic shapes and items mimicking shapes, colours or even movement from nature can be seen in restaurants around the world, for example the Churchill Stonecast duck egg blue crockery that you may have recently seen everywhere. The ‘inspired by nature’ theme is a dream for bowl-ists, with the wide range of shapes and contours that it brings.
Love it though I do, I fear that we’ve hit peak stoneware. Happily, there are a number of other amazing ‘inspired by nature’ bowls gracing tables at the moment:
Villeroy & Boch Blossom Hotel
A recently released collection that provides femininity without the currently overused (sorry) classic floral patterns.
GIFRE Table Tree Bark 5
Originally designed for El Celler de Can Roca and made from terracotta and stainless steel (dishwasher safe, surprisingly!). Each GIFRE piece is handmade, with the finish varying from piece to piece.
Pordamsa Arbre Bowl Matte
Based in Girona, Spain, Pordamsa have been creating handmade and intricate porcelain pieces for 35 years. As with GIFRE, the Arbre collection takes inspiration from tree bark.
Jacques Pergay Pumpkin
This collection rests on the right side of kitsch, though to be honest I like to spend most of my time on the wrong side (as my previously professed love for lettuceware may have indicated). As with every Jacques Pergay collection, Pumpkin is 100% Limoges porcelain designed by Jacques and Aurélie Pergay, and comes in a range of colours. The beautiful Lotus collection is also worth looking at.
This is from a number of years ago, but I had to include it! Owen Wall has been creating bespoke tableware for the restaurant industry since 2002, counting the likes of The Fat Duck, The Ledbury and Clove Club as his clients. I absolutely love the ‘Sea Urchin’ bowls that he was commissioned to create for The Ledbury, which were cast from real sea urchin shell. Having tracked down a sea urchin of appropriate size, Owen moulded and cast the pieces in fine bone china and finished them with a gloss glaze.
If you know of any ‘inspired by nature’ collections that should be added to the list, please let me know at Laura@gorgeousgroup.com.
By Laura Condon