ISSUE 22  |  Summer Refresh

10 Easy Pieces: Basic White Dinnerware

June 03, 2015 9:00 AM

BY Izabella Simmons

Every home needs a set of basic white dinnerware. And, in our opinion, one classic set should be sturdy enough for everyday use and graceful enough for special occasions. Here are our top 10 picks.

Most pieces are sold individually or as a 5- or 16-piece set.


Above: The affordable Essential Dinnerware collection from Crate & Barrel is made of durable porcelain that’s dishwasher, microwave, and warm-oven safe. An Essential Dinner Plate costs $4.95 from Crate & Barrel. 


Above: A Scandinavian classic designed in 1952 by Kaj Franck, Teema Dinnerware by Iittala comes in six colors, including white. The pieces are sold individually; dinner plates are $26 at All Modern. In Object Lessons, Megan explains the story behind Franck’s design.


Above: The Brasserie All-White Dinnerware 16-Piece Place Setting from Williams-Sonoma costs $179. Each piece is also sold individually. 


Above: Billy Cotton’s White Dinnerware is made of stoneware dipped in a white glaze. A Dinner Plate costs $15 at March in San Francisco. 


Above: The iconic everyday Jasper Conran White Bone China at Wedgwood features simple and classic lines. A White Bone China Dinner Plate costs $30 from Wedgwood. 


Above: Jasper Morrison’s PlateBowlCup line of sturdy bone china dinnerware for Alessi is $55 for a five-piece-set from Didrik’s. 

Above: CB2’s Frank Dinnerware line is “inspired by 1920s Bauhaus design”; a Frank Dinner Plate is $5.95.

Above: Named after the Alice Waters’s Chez Panisse restaurant, this line takes its cues from classic porcelain restaurant ware. A five-piece Chez Panisse place setting costs $200 from Heath Ceramics, and is available in white, off-white, and gray. 

Above: West Elm offers several simple white dinnerware options. Their Organic-Shaped Dinnerware Set is made of pure white glazed porcelain; $32 for a set of four dinner plates. 

Above: Designed by the British architect for When Objects Work, the John Pawson Ceramic Plates and Bowls start at $60 for the John Pawson Small Bowl from March in SF.

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