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The Case for Letting the Dishes Pile Up: Stacked Plates On Display

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The Case for Letting the Dishes Pile Up: Stacked Plates On Display

April 11, 2024

Have you noticed? Lately we’ve spotted dinnerware stacked all over: on carts and windowsills, piled high on sideboards and countertops, and always a little messy looking.

Time to stop straightening and let the plates fall where they may? We’ll let you decide:

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Above: Chefs Rene and Nadine Redzepi stash an eclectic mix of ceramics on antique shelves (on wheels). Photograph courtesy of Dinesen, from Expert Advice: Nadine Redzepi’s Secrets to a Well-Ordered Home Kitchen.
Above: Spotted at The Roe Bar in Copenhagen: stacks of plates in the window.
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Above: A vintage baker’s rack is piled high with dishes in English Translation: A Compact Victorian Gets an Eclectic but Cohesive Makeover. Photograph courtesy of The Modern House.
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Above: Piled high at Marigold in Rome; see Design Travel: An Italian Chef and a Danish Baker at Marigold in Rome. Photograph via @marigold_roma.
Above L: Perfectly wonky stacks at Destroyer in Culver City. Photograph by Laure Joliet for Remodelista fromDestroyer: An Under-the-Radar Restaurant Serving Food from the Future. Above R: Mix-and-match stacks at Caroline Feiffer’s Copenhagen flat (at right). Photograph courtesy of Katrine Rohrberg from Danish Heritage: A Copenhagen Townhouse Renovated by Hand.
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Above: Leaning towers of plates. Photograph from Hay Kitchen Market: Artful Essentials from a Copenhagen Design Duo.
Above L: Wonky stacks of ceramics at Salmon Creek Farm’s Dawn Cabin; photograph by David Ross via @salmon_creek_farm. Above R: And stacked dishes on windowsill. (For more, see Salmon Creek Farm: Eco-Minded Community Among the Redwoods on the Mendocino Coast.)
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Above: Perhaps the trend comes from restaurant service stations, where dishes are stacked at the ready? Photograph by Chris Mottalini, courtesy of Lovers Unite, from Open Hearth: 7 Design Ideas to Steal from Dunsmoor in LA.
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Above: Further evidence of the theory: star chef David Tanis’s kitchen. Photograph by Heidi’s Bridge for Remodelista from Kitchen of the Week: Chef David Tanis’s Low-Tech, Economical, and Beautifully Soulful Kitchen in the East Village.
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Above: Bowls and plates almost serve as decor in an otherwise minimal kitchen. Photograph courtesy of Scott & Scott Architects from Kitchen of the Week: A Monumental Marble Countertop.

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