Every home should have a set of Basic White Dinnerware, but we think everyone should have a stack of pitch black plates on hand too. Ideal for moody dinner parties and striking when displayed on white shelves, think of black dinnerware as white dinnerware’s dark alter-ego. Here are our 10 favorite designs.
Above: Slate gray Stoneware Plates by Christiane Perrochon are handmade in Italy; $155 for salad plates via March; dinner plates are currently out of stock.
Above: Black Apilco Dinnerware from Williams-Sonoma’s Reglisse collection has a matte black finish and is scratch resistant. A set of four dinner plates is $131.95, a set of bowls is $99.95, and a set of small wok salad plates is $119.95.
Above: Iittala’s Teema Collection by Kaj Franck features exclusive colors each year; this year they’re offering deep black Dinner Plates; $26 each from All Modern.
Above: A black tablescape on a budget: Ikea’s Dinera line includes matte black Dinner Plates ($12.99 for four), Salad Plates ($9.99 for four), and Bowls ($9.99 for four).
Above: The Kali dinner plate set from Tracie Ellis’s Aura Collection is easily stackable; $99 for a set of four Kali Dinner Plates and $69 for a set of four Side Plates. Bowls, Cups, and Serving Bowls are sold individually.
Above: These Black Porcelain Plates are handmade in Jaffa, Israel; $22 each from 1220 Ceramics Studio on Etsy.
Above: The Coupe dinnerware set is available in Onyx from Heath Ceramics ($94 for a Three-Piece Set and $155 for a Five-Piece Set).
Above: CB2’s Moonrock Dinnerware is made with a “copper-like reactive glaze” for a “stippled effect” and has organic edges; $9.95 per Dinner Plate, $7.95 per Salad Plate, $7.95 per Bowl).
Above: Flat Black Dinner Plates by Felt & Fat have a sleek, low profile; $52 per plate from The Commons).
Above: Ceramicist Alex Marshall’s blue-gray glaze reads as gray-black; $36.99 per Side Plate and $49.50 per Dinner Plate from All Modern.
Searching for dinnerware inspiration? Look no further than our favorite designs: