Top 10 luxury tableware designers for superyacht dining
Written by Yachting Pages
Last updated: 14/01/2019
With the new yachting season often comes new tableware trends, but one thing that remains consistent is established designers and their outstanding designs.
Yachting Pages caught up with Sophie Burn, PR and marketing manager at Harlequin London to discover her top 10 luxury tableware and flatware designers for superyacht dining, listed A to Z.
1. Bernardaud for its porcelain dinnerware
“Bernardaud is Limoges’ most prestigious porcelain manufacturer. Its range covers everything from alfresco breakfasts through to state banquets. Whilst it still produces some of the classic Sevres and Limoges style of patterns, the design house is always introducing contemporary and innovative designs and colour ways.
“Some of Bernardaud’s tableware ranges have a huge selection of pieces available, enabling you to have one dinner service with which you can have both European and Asian cuisine. 'Dune' is a superb example of this and is a particularly popular design with boats, as the collection includes Holloware for formal dining. It comes in white, gold and platinum varieties, which look wonderful when mixed together.”
2. Christofle for its silver cutlery
“Christofle is one of the leading French silver manufacturers. What’s special about the brand is that each silversmith creates the necessary tools for their craft personally, fashions it to suit their own hands, and remains its sole user. The selection of cutlery, silver serving items, giftware and unique Haute Orfevrerie offered is truly magnificent.
“Christofle works closely with designers Marcel Wanders, Andree Putman, Ora-Ito, Martin Szekely, Richard Hutten, Karim Rashid, Adam Tihany, Thomas Keller, Savinel & Roze, Thierry Lebon and Marion Vidal. They design both traditional and contemporary collections providing a huge choice of products to fit in with any design brief.
“When deciding on cutlery and service items for yachts it is important to consider that the salty sea air causes silver to tarnish at a quicker rate. Stainless steel may therefore be easier to maintain. If chosen, silver should be stored in a canteen, or alternatively in silver storage bags. Due to storage space on board yachts these would be recommended as they fold up quite small and are therefore easier to stow.
“Our favourite Christofle cutlery for superyacht dining is therefore the (pictured above left to right) Perles 2, Osiris and Albi 2 ranges. These range from plain to classic in design, with some more modern sets available giving something to suit all tastes - and all in stainless steel.”
3. Hering Berlin for its porcelain plates and tea sets
“Having met at college, Stefanie Hering and Wiebke Lehmann shared a passion for turning clay into objects of beauty. They started Hering Berlin with the notion to challenge, improve and develop further what you would normally find on a dining room table. These ideas underpin the very essence of Stefanie’s aesthetic and joy of design. For this reason Michelin-starred chefs and those who truly appreciate exquisite craftsmanship from around the world love their pieces.
“At Harlequin, we love to use the different textures of the Velvet, Pulse (below left) and Cielo (below right) ranges to transform a place setting from the ordinary into the extraordinary.
“On a superyacht, Hering Berlin tableware is particularly special as it's crafted out of unique, handmade porcelain. Furthermore, all shapes are the same, so ranges can be easily mixed to fit with the other pieces in the collection. The range offers the largest charger plate, and there are full tea sets available.”
4. Mario Luca Guisti for its durable glassware
“Mario Luca Giusti created his company in 2005, producing barware from synthetic materials such as acrylic and melamine.
“His products are fantastic for around the pool and on superyachts. With crystal glasses often able to smash if they get too hot in the sun once icy drinks are put inside, Mario Luca came up with a solution by creating his collections in designs and colours that crystal would appear in, but in a material that is more withstanding to different elements.”
5. Legle for its coloured dining sets
“Legle is a family-run business based in Limoges, producing a wide range of solid-coloured porcelain. There are 36 different beautiful colour ways to choose from enabling a designer to create a bright and vibrant look on board.
“When creating a bespoke dinner service, we love to mix ‘Sous Le Soleil’ with other patterns from Legle’s collections, such as ‘Carbone’ (pictured below) or ‘Houndstooth’ to add texture to a design.
“What’s more, Legle tableware is dishwasher safe up to 750 washes. Both platinum and gold bands work with the collection, and all pieces in the range come in the same sizing making it much easier when it comes to on-board stowage of formal and informal dining sets. Finally, lead times and delivery are very reliable.”
6. Puiforcat for its fantastic silverware
“Founded in 1820, Puiforcat is one of the oldest silversmiths in France. It is a brand that is synonymous with the Deco style of the 1920’s.
“They produce hand-forged silver flatware and also modern designs for today, such as the beautiful stainless steel Zermatt cutlery and the Champagne Collection of silver beakers which make champagne even more of a celebration!
“For the yacht market we would suggest their latest launch, the ‘O-SOMMELIER’ collection (pictured above), which has a weighted base, making these a great option when at sea.”
7. Raynaud for its playful colours
“Raynaud’s 150-year history of producing classical Limoges dinner sets has seen the company create dinner services for influential individuals, such as President Harrison, Lady Diana and Dustin Hoffmann.
“The brand has embraced the 21st century with interesting shapes for the gourmet chef, as well as patterns and vibrant colours to meet the design needs of interior designers and yacht crew alike.
“'Monceau' (pictured above left) is a delightful informal dining option, as the coloured band comes in 13 different colours to suit the interior scheme. Available in both Turquoise and Marine Blue, 'Tresor' (pictured above right) is a more opulent and striking design and a Harlequin favourite.”
8. Saint-Louis for its fine crystal glassware
“The premier fine crystal manufacturer from the Alsace region of France is Saint-Louis. Established in the sixteenth century, Saint-Louis produces the very finest handmade products; most notably glassware and paperweights, however they also produce beautiful vases, crystal glass accessories and lighting, as well as bespoke art installations.
“Our yachting clients love their Oxymore glassware and the Intervalle tumblers (pictured above), which come in the gorgeous sky blue and grey as well as crystal clear.”
9. Schott Zweisel for its stylish glasses
“Elegant, stylish glass ranges for everyday use, the ‘Pure’ range in particular is very popular with our clients for its contemporary shape. The Triton technology that Scott Zweisel use gives practical toughness, which means that these ranges can go in the dishwasher and are incredibly durable.”
10. Sieger by Furstenberg for its pure porcelain tableware
"In collaboration with Furstenberg, German brothers Michael and Christian Sieger produced a new style of unique and beautiful porcelain. The ‘MY CHINA’ range stands out in both quality and diversity, as you are able to combine each piece in a host of different ways.
“Every item in the range has the same base, so they fit well to one another ensuring no slipping, which is great for service on board. Standing alone, the MY CHINA range is a fantastic casual dining option as it is blank white canvas, however it can also be mixed with other ranges to create a more bespoke look.
“We like Sieger as it provides Asian dining sets, and the matt finish of their items is completely pore-less meaning it will not stain.”