What comes to your mind when you think of tabletop styling and simplicity? A reduced, minimalistic approach? Quality over quantity? Timeless design? Well, let’s say I had more or less the same ideas in my head when I set a very simple table in Moscow recently. The timeless design was covered by one of my favorite Danish brands: Georg Jensen. I opted for the unique Arne Jacobsen cutlery set and the Flora vase. Additionally, I like to incorporate something local. Here, two local Russian labels came into play: Fragile Things ceramics and a mini concrete planter with a succulent by Krapiva Krapiva.
The Arne Jacobsen cutlery set is a real design classic. It was created in 1957 and is a perfect example of design reduction. Arne Jacobsen reduced the desing to its core functionality thus creating a beautiful and timeless cutlery set – something that worked in 1957 as well as today in 2019. This cutlery set comes with a strong Scandinavian design DNA, yet it is a perfect match for any kind of tabletop stlyling. I also love the mat finishing making the design not only visible but also haptic. A Stelton coffee/tea maker was another little addition to the tabletop styling.
As a simple but beautiful centerpiece I opted for the modern Flora vase and a bouquet of dried flowers and grasses. The shiny vase reflects all the beautiful details and textures on the dining table and sets a great contrast to the raw and natural vibe of the dried bouquet. Fun fact is that the round dining table is not a really special or pretty one. However, a simple linen table cloth can solve that problem in an instant, don’t you agree?
I also love to bring in a local touch to any styling. Since this table was set in Moscow, Russia, I wanted some local designs on the table too. The choice was easy for me as a pottery lover: I went for some beautiful handmade ceramics from the Fragile Things studio in Moscow (soon I will show you a full tour of the studio here on the blog). The plates and bowls are so nice and I love the raw finishings and glazings. These perfectly contrast the modern look of the Georg Jensen pieces and complement the linen and dried flowers.
Last but not least, a tiny little plant added the finishing touch to the tabletop styling. Here again I opted for a local maker. Krapiva Krapiva is a plant store and started their business with concrete planters. I chose a little concrete planter with a succulent to add a green touch to the table. Since this was just a styling but not a proper dinner, some dried fruits and nuts had to do the ‘food trick’. But you get the idea, right? So how do you like this simple setting? I would be happy to sit and dine their every day.
This blog post has been brought to you in collaboration with the mentioned brands Georg Jensen, Fragile Things, Krapiva Krapiva. As always all opinions and photos are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands who support this blog!
Photography by Igor Josifovic