Everyday flatware might be the most frequently used household item you will ever buy (who doesn't remember the silverware of their childhood?). So it's worth investing in flatware that will endure; if you can't afford a full set, you can always build a collection place setting by place setting, as Catherine Bailey of Heath Ceramics suggests. Here are the Remodelista editors' personal favorites; also see 10 Easy Pieces: Architect-Designed Flatware.
Above: Sarah is a devotee of David Mellor's modern flatware crafted of high-quality stainless in Sheffield, England. Her favorite is David Mellor Minimal; $94 for a four-piece set at Heath Ceramics.
Above: An instant classic, Jasper Morrison's Alessi's Knifeforkspoon Flatware for Alessi is $52 for a four-piece cutlery set at All Modern.
Above: For hardworking family use, Janet's choice is Sasaki Basic Stainless Flatware designed by Massimo Vignelli; $9.99 and up for individual pieces at Replacements.
Above: Sarah, who lived in Japan for a decade, is a fan of Sori Yanagi's Stainless Flatware; a five-piece set is $72 at Tortoise General Store in Los Angeles.
Above: Francesca's favorite everyday flatware is Classic Cutlery designed by David Mellor; $88 for the five-piece setting at Didriks.
Above: Julie favors the Almoco Silver Stainless Flatware made by a third-generation, family-run business in Portugal; $42 for a five-piece place setting at Canvas. Adventurous diners should consider the Almoco Black Flatware and the Almoco Gold Flatware ($60 per place setting) available at Design Within Reach.
Above: Nuovo Milano flatware designed by Ettore Sottsass for Alessi; $91 for a five-piece setting at the Alessi Shop.
Above: Lydia likes Beau Manoir Flatware, made in France; $212 for a 20-piece set at Williams-Sonoma.
Above: Italian-made Sambonet Linea Q stainless steel flatware is available by the piece at Fitzsu; $10 and up.
Above: Arthur Krupp's Monika Stainless Flatware is available at the Galley Shop; prices start at €2.50 for a tea spoon.