12 modern dinnerware and tableware pieces for your next get-together

With twins season just around the corner, graduations everywhere, wedding season in full swing and Dad’s Day just around the corner – there’s always something to celebrate. And whether you’re hosting a small group or your entire contact list, dressing your dinner table is paramount. To help you wine and dine with your guests in style, I’ve picked 12 modern dining and tableware that will take your next gathering to the next level. You can always find more design-driven tableware in the Design Milk Shop!

These modern hexagonal placemats are made from easy-to-clean vegan leather (just spray and wipe!), making them a hassle-free addition to your table setting and protecting your table top from hot plates and spills. Their minimalist design complements your existing edibles without stealing the show, while still delivering a modern, geometric look that’s a refreshing upgrade from traditional rectangular placemats. They also come in light gray, soft blush and cornflower blue colors.

$16 each
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departure signs

You can’t go wrong with Departo’s classic yet cool dinnerware, and their ceramic dinner plate is a perfected household staple. With a shallow rim and a large surface that is perfect for filling your favorite foods, the large plate is a joy to use and place on your dining table. They also come in a variety of rich, earthy colors that are perfect for mixing and matching.

$24 – $186
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tortuga star candlestick

Tapered candles are an easy way to add a little elegance to your table setting, and the natural wood grain on these new Asterisk Candleholders from Tortuga does just that while still providing a warm, casual atmosphere. Available in the line’s signature beech and walnut finishes, the Asterisk Candleholders are also available in lilac and red-orange, achieved through the use of a pigmented linseed oil that adds delicate layers of color without losing the natural wood texture of the asterisk.
$71 – $87
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for studio record

This pink tinted plate from Fors Studio will add a touch of polished pink to your spring and summer tablescape. Perfectly sized for salads, desserts and small bites, the Medium Plate has a slim, minimalist profile with a low, subtle rim to take the presentation of your dishes to the next level. Made from chip-resistant porcelain, each Fors plate is one of a kind and is sure to become your next favorite tableware set.

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asterisk bloomed

New to the Design Milk Shop, this Asterisk Trivet Set brings the timeless asterisk shape to your dining table. Designed by Studio Den Den and handcrafted with natural beech and walnut, the coaster’s modern simplicity and clear wax coating let their natural wood grain shine, adding warmth and texture to your table top.

$47 – $54
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poketo serving bowl

This Poketo Serving Bowl is made for summer barbecues. The abstract pebble pattern brings a playful world of color to your dishes, and the lightweight yet durable design makes it a low-maintenance addition to your cabinet. And the best part? The bamboo fiber and cornstarch material make this stylish serving bowl 100% compostable, making it as good for the planet as it is on your dining table.

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bendo hot coasters

Australian brand BENDO always puts a smile on my face with their neon, curved wire items (their CLIP Wall Hooks went viral on TikTok!) – and their HOT Trivet is no exception. Though minimalist in shape, the coaster’s bright color and unique construction are anything but. Simply put, the HOT Trivet keeps your hottest pans and plates off your table and countertops and looks good.

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pleated jug

Prepare to be obsessed with the sculptural folds on this pitcher from Areaware. More than a modern vessel for water, lemonade and bulk cocktails – the Pleated Pitcher carries its weight as a solo decor item. When not in use to serve drinks for your guest, it can sit in the center of your table as a flower vase, or even completely empty as a sculptural accent.

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poketo candlestick

Poketo’s glass candle holders are the perfect middle ground for people who want to dress up their table while still leaving room for playfulness and whimsy. The rounded, rounded details on these candle holders are reminiscent of the graceful aesthetic of old-fashioned candle holders, while the glass material and bright color options – bold yellow, baby pink and pure green – bring vibrancy and captivating light reflections to your dining table. I recommend mixing and matching the different colors and heights for a fun wonderland-inspired centerpiece!

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confetti cup

These stackable ceramic mugs have sculptural shapes along their exterior to replace the space-consuming mug handles for easy storage. With rounded curves, half cylinders and small bolts – each of this mug’s 3D add-ons is strategically placed for a fun and comfortable drinking experience that gives your kitchen a sculptural, handcrafted look. Find them in peach and lavender for a pop of pastels.

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tortuga bundle

Terrazzo fans will love the multicolored flecks in this placemat and coaster, and the eclectic look they add to a place setting. In addition to camouflaging stains, the navy, terracotta, beige, and gray stains offer a subtle neutral palette that’s still visually interesting — making it a set you’ll appreciate the crazy and neutral faithful color. Plus, it’s made from recycled rubber for easy cleaning and non-slip use on your tabletop.

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carafe and cups set

The sculptural look of this decanter and cup set from Fors Studio is worth displaying all year round. Made from the brand’s classically beautiful porcelain, these hand-glazed pieces are designed with soft complementary shapes that allow them to fit closely together for a modern and harmonious display – all while being durably designed for unabashed use. They are even dishwasher and microwave safe! There are several colors to choose from, but the coral set is a standout favorite.

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Alexa is a trade editor at Design Milk. She lives in Miami, Florida with her fiancé Alex and retired greyhound Phoebe. Alexa has been a lover of art and design for years, and Alexa’s first stops in a new city are the art museums. When she’s not writing about her favorite DM shopping picks, she could be buried in a book, watching reality TV, or going on an adventure in her town with her partner and pup.

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