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At the Table: Serving Pieces That Double as Works of Art

If you love setting the table more than preparing the food, today’s post is for you! Actually, it’s for anyone who enjoys the beauty of great design. That’s because all of the featured items below are thoughtfully designed. In fact, they are striking serving pieces that perform important tasks, yet they are also works of art in their own right. Leave them on display after your dinner party guests leave, and let them become a part of your decor! Ready for a closer look?…

Modern Trays

Let’s start with serving trays, which are modern canvases where amazing artistic design takes place. Finell’s Slide Serving Tray is a stunning combination of solid wood and quartz. In fact, the removable quartz tray gives you more than one arrangement possibility. Here’s the walnut and black quartz option:

Slide serving tray by Finell
Slide Serving Tray by Finell

And if you like a breezier look, check out the birch and white quartz version of the piece, which has silver-toned handles instead of gold ones. The combination of simple forms and mixed materials is nothing short of striking:

Slide Serving Tray in birch and white quartz
Slide Serving Tray in birch and white quartz

What do you get when you combine a removable marble cheese board with a walnut, aluminum and rubber tray? It’s the Perimeter Tray in Gold & White from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio! So chic!

Wood, aluminum and marble tray from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio
Wood, aluminum and marble tray from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio

The tray is also available in Rose & White, featuring white oak and aluminum with a finish that channels the warmth of rose gold:

Perimeter tray from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio
Perimeter tray from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio

So apparently trays with removable pieces are all the rage this season. Didn’t you get the memo?! The Ash + Steel Serving Tray from West Elm pulls double duty as a cutting board. Finished with teak oil, it makes an intriguing serving piece as well:

Wood and steel serving tray from West Elm
Wood and steel serving tray from West Elm

Finell offers a variety of Grip Band Serving Trays, which use silicone bands to hold drinkware in place. Plus, they just look cool! Here’s Grip in black. Note the white and aqua bands:

Grip Band Serving Tray from Finell
Grip Band Serving Tray from Finell

Grip is also available in white (with grey and bright orange bands). And if you’re seeking straight lines instead of round forms, you can’t go wrong with a parallelogram! Here’s another version of Grip:

Grip Band Serving Tray in white
Grip Band Serving Tray in white

Two tones of Banswara marble are separated by a shiny copper strip in the Divide Marble Server from CB2. Simplicity and purity of form (and material) are celebrated in this affordable, eye-catching piece:

Marble server from CB2
Marble server from CB2

These Field cutting boards (round and curved versions available through Nannie Inez) can also be used as serving pieces. Untreated beech is the material of choice, and the grooved surfaces are a feast for the eyes. A nice counterpart to the culinary feast at hand!

Field beech cutting boards
Field beech cutting boards

Bowled Over

Let’s now shift our focus to bowls, since they regularly double as decor. By selecting pieces that truly stand out, you can elevate the look of your space, whether it’s the kitchen, the dining room, or the top of a coffee table! See the bowl on the stylish table below? Put your hands up for the Hands Up Bowl, designed by Tobia Scarpa and available through Design Within Reach. Epoxy-coated steel is the material of choice:

Hand-motif bowl from Design Within Reach
Hand-motif bowl from Design Within Reach

This Large Deep Bowl from Fort Standard celebrates the beauty of faceted fine bone china:

Faceted serving bowl from Fort Standard
Faceted serving bowl from Fort Standard

Fort Standard also offers a series of footed bowls in a range of colors. Below we see the sand cast aluminum Standing Bowl, which is elevated with planar legs and finished with food-safe powder coating:

Sand cast aluminum bowl from Fort Standard
Sand cast aluminum bowl from Fort Standard

Here’s the bowl in white, which has a light, crisp feel, especially when holding colorful, crisp produce! Note: you can also purchase this bowl in Marine and Salmon hues.

Aluminum footed bowl from Fort Standard
Aluminum footed bowl from Fort Standard

And for a more oblong version of the piece, check out the Standing Bowl in Large. As with the small version, a range of colorful options are available.

Elevated alumninum bowl from Fort Standard
Elevated aluminum bowl from Fort Standard

Coffee and Tea Time

Who’s ready for some coffee? We begin with two offerings from Bodum, available via Crate & Barrel. Bodum’s sleek coffee presses are a must for the modern kitchen, and the Bodum Chambord Copper 34-Ounce French Press is no exception. Also pictured: the Bodum Chambord Copper Milk Frother.

Bodum coffee press and milk frother from Crate & Barrel
Bodum coffee press and milk frother from Crate & Barrel

CB2’s Vienna Stainless Steel Coffee Pot is a shiny, angled homage to retro Viennese cafe style. Pairs well with the Vienna Stainless Steel Cream and Sugar Set, shown below:

Stainless steel coffee serving pieces from CB2
Stainless steel coffee serving pieces from CB2

If you prefer tea to coffee, check out CB2’s Mood White Teapot, a bargain at its sale price of $16.99. The piece was created for CB2 in collaboration with Gere Kavanaugh, a designer whose renowned career portfolio includes product development, as well as corporate and residential interiors.

White teapot from CB2
White teapot from CB2

Make tea time colorful with an assortment of vibrant silcone-coated selections from CB2. Below we see the green Wayne Teapot, the yellow Lizzy Teapot, and the pink Pots Teapot, which all exude Neo Victorian style:

Colorful teapots from CB2
Colorful teapots from CB2

So many tabletop works of art, so little time… Did anything catch your eye today? Tell us about your favorites by leaving a comment below!

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  • Rosie’s Cottage

    Love these! I think my favourite by far though is the beautiful square teapot from CB2, it’s simply stunning! Thank you for sharing, hugs x

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