Best Tableware, August 2008
If you want to impress the in-laws, set the table with pieces from Gearys or David Orgell, companies whose ornate china leans to the traditional. But if you want to impress, say, Doug Aitken or Delia Brown at a dinner party, go to Barneys New York
for the most innovative tableware designs. The eight brands of china carried here include Hermès, whose Jardin des Orchidées collection is not available online, and Dibbern, from Germany, whose pieces feature gold-plated etchings of tree bark. Such works of art beg to be flanked by black goblets by Philippe Starck and croc-patterned, wood-handled flatware by Alan Saint-Joanis.