Upgrade Your Thanksgiving Table Settings
Layer organic elements to conjure a warmed-up Scandinavian minimalism. Take advantage of the natural richness of a wood table by leaving it naked, and mix two sets of neutral dishes—alternating dinner plates and salad plates—to create a subtle ebb and flow of texture. Choose ethnic-graphic napkins, and invent your own fold for a bit of origami elegance. In the center of the table, place metallic-lined bowls filled with tiny pears (what’s prettier this time of year?) and candles wrapped in birch bark. Dark blown-glass cups add depth.
To buy: Mikasa Swirl white dinner plates, $13 each, mikasa.com; and salad plates, $10 each: mikasa.com. Creamy Sand dinner plates by Joan Platt, $70 each; and lunch/salad plates, $50 each: thesignatureshop.com for info. Wineglasses by LSA International. Glassybaby handmade vessels, $44 each, glassybaby.com. Shima Komon dinner napkins. Alva dining table, $4,600, justscandinavian.com for info.