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The Minimalist's Guide to Setting a Global Table

by Berit Baugher
Minimalist home goods by Makoto Koizumi.

We're keeping it simple with a global-inspired table for the minimalist traveler in you. 

A global table doesn't always mean brightly colored Mexican otomi textiles or patterned indigo napkins that you dip-dyed by hand in Burkina Faso (although those are fabulous too). The Japanese, Danish, and Swedes are known for their clean, simple aesthetic, making their homeware lines an invaluable source for a minimalist traveler’s dream dinner table.

Upgraded Casserole Dish

The recently revived Kobenstyle cookware line is true to its Scandi roots with simple, but highly functional design. The six-quart blue enamel casserole dish ($120) can go from the stove to the table top, and the lid functions as a trivet. How's that for Scandinavian practicality?

Iittala Aalto Vase

Glass Vase

A staple in modern Scandinavian homes, the Iittala Aalto Vase ($99) was created by Alvar Aalto in 1936 and is one of the region's most iconic designs. Keep things simple with a single branch of white orchids or brighten your table with a bunch of multi-colored tulips.

Leis fork, spoon, and spatula set

Serving Utensils

Designed in the manner of a centuries-old woodcraft tradition from Slovenia called suha roba, the minimal curved Leis beech wood fork, spoon, and spatula set (€36) is multifunctional. Use it to cook dinner and then to serve your favorite dishes to your favorite people. 

dbO Home Dinner Plates

Dinner Plates

Even the easiest of meals will be taken to a new level with delicately patterned, hand-formed dbO Home dinner plates ($75). Each one is made by pressing vintage Indian woodblocks into porcelain and wiping it with blue ink.

Drip Kettle

Tokyo-based designer Makoto Koizumi really broke the mold with his line of striking cookware and other items for the home. The kettle is a subdued statement piece for the ages ($95).


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