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8 Tips for the Modern Thanksgiving Table

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As Thanksgiving approaches at the end of the month, we've got table settings on the brain. Here we've picked four stellar dining rooms from the Dwell archives and supplemented with product picks on how to get the looks.
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  The ne plus ultra of Thanksgiving-appropriate dining rooms is the one in Eero Saarinen's Miller House, designed by Alexander Girard. (Fun fact: The resident lady of the house had her church sewing circle embroider the Girard-designed, monogrammed needlepoint seat cushions!) A custom Saarinen-designed marble-and-terrazzo table is ringed by Tulip chairs; overhead is a Venini chandelier. Photo by Leslie Williamson.

    The ne plus ultra of Thanksgiving-appropriate dining rooms is the one in Eero Saarinen's Miller House, designed by Alexander Girard. (Fun fact: The resident lady of the house had her church sewing circle embroider the Girard-designed, monogrammed needlepoint seat cushions!) A custom Saarinen-designed marble-and-terrazzo table is ringed by Tulip chairs; overhead is a Venini chandelier. Photo by Leslie Williamson.

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  Even without a gilded Italian chandelier or custom marble table, you can reference the Millers' impeccable taste for Thanksgiving dinner. Gilded flatware in a modern, brushed finish is all the rage, like this design from Cutipol. See here for four more modern place settings.

    Even without a gilded Italian chandelier or custom marble table, you can reference the Millers' impeccable taste for Thanksgiving dinner. Gilded flatware in a modern, brushed finish is all the rage, like this design from Cutipol. See here for four more modern place settings.

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  A pair of crafty Finnish designers on a budget show how to set a different kind of Thanksgiving table: a motley set of dining chairs over a coordinated set, that way guests can pick their favorite when they sit. Photo by Petra Bindel.

    A pair of crafty Finnish designers on a budget show how to set a different kind of Thanksgiving table: a motley set of dining chairs over a coordinated set, that way guests can pick their favorite when they sit. Photo by Petra Bindel.

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  For a similar Scandinavian touch, go with something like this streamlined but colorful glassware by Scholten & Baijings for HAY. The Colour Glass collection includes high and low water glasses, a red wine glass, a white wine glass, a champagne glass and a carafe. 

    For a similar Scandinavian touch, go with something like this streamlined but colorful glassware by Scholten & Baijings for HAY. The Colour Glass collection includes high and low water glasses, a red wine glass, a white wine glass, a champagne glass and a carafe. 

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  Create a luxe feeling space, even within view of the kitchen. In this Cape Town apartment, a custom chrome dining table from interior architects Cécile & Boyd’s is topped with a reflective piece of smoky gray glass and paired with Beatrice chairs from Poltrona Frau. Overhead, the shape of the Non Random pendant lights by Bertjan Pot for Moooi echo artist Rowan Smith’s Mirror Ball painting. Photo by Elsa Young.

    Create a luxe feeling space, even within view of the kitchen. In this Cape Town apartment, a custom chrome dining table from interior architects Cécile & Boyd’s is topped with a reflective piece of smoky gray glass and paired with Beatrice chairs from Poltrona Frau. Overhead, the shape of the Non Random pendant lights by Bertjan Pot for Moooi echo artist Rowan Smith’s Mirror Ball painting. Photo by Elsa Young.

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  As for table linens, why not go with actual linen? The raw look is more polished when trimmed in contrast stitching, like these tabletop pieces by Commune Design in Los Angeles. 

    As for table linens, why not go with actual linen? The raw look is more polished when trimmed in contrast stitching, like these tabletop pieces by Commune Design in Los Angeles

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  And setting a table, or dining room arrangement, doesn't have to be fussy. Five simple pieces define this dining room in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, blends vintage finds and affordable pieces with some design classics, mostly found by scouring second-hand shops and eBay. Photo by Floto + Warner.

    And setting a table, or dining room arrangement, doesn't have to be fussy. Five simple pieces define this dining room in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, blends vintage finds and affordable pieces with some design classics, mostly found by scouring second-hand shops and eBay. Photo by Floto + Warner.

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  Keeping in mind that today's dining table needs to be multifunctional (as likely to host the sending ofemails as the serving of entrees), here are five expert-approved designs that can be set for anything.

    Keeping in mind that today's dining table needs to be multifunctional (as likely to host the sending ofemails as the serving of entrees), here are five expert-approved designs that can be set for anything.

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