Relaxed Minimal Dining

Tableware for the Perfect Dinner with Friends

November 2020
4 minute read
Dark glazed dinner plate with quails egg
Hey, thought we could do dinner Saturday.
Are you around?
Nothing formal, just the gang.
So much to catch up on!
Let me know xo

So you've friends coming for dinner.
Your menu's sorted - braised beef with star anise.
Wine? It has to be red. Better grab some Gigondas.
Oh, and you're almost out of coffee. Add that to the list.

It's not formal, so jeans and cashmere's fine.
But what about the table?
It needs to look just as effortless.

How do you perfect that minimal look?
Subtle interest, stylish and not cluttered.

Understated tableware's about simple shapes and tonal colours.
Here's how to set your table for a relaxed dinner with friends.


Before your friends get a peek at the table, wow them with an enticing apéritif.
All the best evenings start with one.
It welcomes your guests, sets the tone, and makes them feel special.

Present it in the perfect glass with Ripple from Ferm Living.

Ripple tall cocktail glass by Ferm Living
Ripple Cocktail Glass
Ferm Living

Individually mouth-blown, the light plays beautifully through the delicate ripples. Each subtly unique, they're available in clear or smoked glass. The collection includes a champagne saucer, cocktail, wine and water glass, and elegant serving carafe (all dishwasher safe).

Ferm Living

Nestled between canals and waterways with quirky colourful houseboats, and the bohemian Freetown of Christiania, is the Home of Ferm LIVING. A converted military building in the heart of Copenhagen.

Opened in 2019, it houses a showroom, boutique and material library where you can immersive yourself in this modern Scandinavian brand.
The vibe? Natural materials in earthy colours with clean, minimal lines.
Check it out when you're next in Copenhagen.


Now your guests get their first glimpse of the table.

When you're after a relaxed ambience, serve your food on dark glazed plates. They're warm and inviting, with a depth and sophistication you don't get with white.

My favourite dark, minimal dinnerware - New Norm by Menu. Originally created for the opening of Höst, a Michelin listed restaurant in Copenhagen.

Dark glazed plates on marble table, concrete floor
New Norm Dinnerware

No mater what you're serving there's a dish to suit, with 14 different plate and bowl options. An unusual versatility in a dinner range.

New Norm Dinnerware range by Menu in dark glaze
New Norm Dinnerware


Danish design brand Menu, has a simple philosophy - to make the world better, less complicated and a little bit nicer to wake up to.
Timeless aesthetics, natural materials, and the modernist values of restraint and refinement.

Collaborating with super-talented international designers, they produce high quality designs with a crisp Scandinavian look. Their aesthetic - soft minimalism.

Menu's showcase is at The Audo in Copenhagen - a hybrid space with restaurant, cafe, concept store, boutique hotel, material library, co-working and event space. The interior's designed entirely from the Menu range so you can experience each product in a real world environment.

Discover more of The Audo


Continuing the laidback feel, steer away from shiny cutlery. It's too distracting and bling.
Broste Copenhagen hits the mark with their Hune collection in brushed steel.

Hune cutlery in stainless steel by Broste Copenhagen
Broste Copenhagen

The gently tapering handle keeps them design led and interesting, but not fussy.


Parched is never a good look, so as soon as that apéro's finished hop straight to wine.

When hosting minimal, invest in a wine decanter and water carafe. No mismatched bottles scattered across your table.

minimal glass water carafe and wine decanter
Bottle Series

Menu have the solution with their Bottle Series.
If you love red, the Wine Breather's perfect. Simply open your bottle, clip the empty decanter on top, then flip everything over. The wine gently oxygenates as it flows into the decanter without spilling a drop.

minimal glass wine breather decanter with stainless steel top
Wine Breather Carafe, Deluxe

Wine Glass

There's enough subtle design in the dinnerware so have the confidence to be super minimal with your wine glasses.
Go stemless.

stemless red wine glass
Borough Stemless Glass - 455ml

The Borough collection by LSA International is perfect.
Delicately shaped crystal with zero ornamentation.


The salt and pepper set's often overlooked.
For your minimal dinner, Grandma's 50s cruet won't cut it!
Get them right to nail the minimal look.

These Bottle Grinders are an ingenious design. Turn them upside down to dispense the flakes, like pouring from a bottle. No messy salt and pepper crumbs on your table.

The ceramic core's powerful enough to grind spices, grains, nuts and seeds. There's a choice of colours and finishes. The most stylish - bronzed brass and walnut.

bronzed brass and walnut salt and pepper grinders
Bottle Grinder


Dinner's over and everyone's lounging in the living room.
Who's for coffee?
There's time for an allongé before cabs whisk your guests off into the night.

Serve your coffee in the Japanese inspired Sekki collection. It embodies kanso - total simplicity. The ideal way to round off your evening (with a chocolate of course).

Japanese brown coffee cup and chocolates
Sekki Cup
Ferm Living

Relaxed minimal dining's a balance. Give your guests everything they need, but avoid clutter.
Achieve this with simple shapes and tonal colours.
For each item, one subtle design feature's enough. Not everything needs to be the star of the show. And avoid shiny surfaces and stark whites.

Now you've experienced a perfect minimal table setting, text your friends and get ready to host in style.

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