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Forks need to be heavy, said hip-hop mogul Jay-Z while planning the VIP booths for Brooklyn's Barclays Center, opening this month. We concur—the modern tabletop is all about the tactile details.

warm-toned modern metal flatware

Rondo Flatware

$85.00

Stainless steel may be the modern flatware standard, but warm-toned metals are making a comeback. This line is designed by a Portuguese company schooled in the fine art of cutlery craftsmanship.

porcelain tabletop collection

Colour Porcelain

One of Japan’s oldest porcelain manufacturers, Arita, hired Dutch duo Scholten & Baijings to design a minimalist tabletop collection using traditional Japanese glazes like yellow ochre and aquarelle blue.

modular wooden  wine rack

Hexa Stacking Wine Rack

$25.00

The modular storage unit is made of walnut veneer and, like a beehive, can pack a multitude of storage nooks into a small space.

durable tagine made in france

Revolution Tagine

$300.00

Made in France, Revol cookware is known for its durability. Its new Revolution line can withstand any temperature, which makes it a breeze to serve and display food from stove to tabletop to freezer to dishwasher.

traditional western cutlery with a japanese twist

Sushi Queen Flatware

$24.00

The elongated stems of this set suggest chopsticks with the function of Western cutlery. Choose among five types of wood handles, including ones in wenge and teak.

modern coasters with Mediterranean pattern

Coasters

$35.00

These PVC coasters by Lebanese designer Peggy Raphael Dabar recall Mediterranean mosaic patterns called zelliges, while keeping things 21st century (heat-resistant, dishwasher safe).

asymmetrical cross-hatching suited for serving hors d'oeuvres

Puzzle Tray

$499.00

A limited run of 112 trays was commissioned by the Napa Valley winery Newton Vineyard, each equally suited to serving hors d’oeuvres as wine. Asymmetrical cross-hatching references the region’s terraced topography.

gold and stainless steel flatware

Gold Matte Flatware

$59.00

Stainless steel and matte gold on one utensil? The effect is far from Frankenstein-ian when the silhouettes are this streamlined.

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