Flora, Fauna and a Golden (Tabletop) Trip Around the World

This year’s New York Tabletop Show was a feast for both the eyes and stomach. While we saw some incredible plays with pattern, texture and color, we were keen to the trends that took center stage: updated classics in flora and fauna, and global influences galore. Take a peek at these 12 designs that we know will make a lively addition to your table.

Courtesy of Mottahedeh
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Tobacco Leaf by Mottahedeh

Flora and fauna unite in this stunning 18th-century Chinese export pattern that was an authorized reproduction for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Bold green, blue and magenta tobacco leaves take center stage while a single phoenix bird perches atop.
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Taika by iittala

Taika means, “magic” in Finnish and that’s just what this Scandinavian folklore collection is. Designed by Klaus Happaniemi and Hekki Orvola, the tabletop collection depicts charming forest creatures such as a curious owl or dashing deer.
Courtesy of Royal Copenhagen
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Blue Fluted Mega by Royal Copenhagen

Royal Copenhagen’s legendary hand painted Blue Fluted Mega dinnerware is a modern take on the classic 1775 form. By blowing up the intricate hand-painted blue and white design, the Danish porcelain brand is giving the next generation a tabletop collection that is fresh and fun.
Courtesy of Kelly Wearstler
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Hillcrest by Kelly Wearstler

Nature gets a golden twist thanks to Kelly Wearstler’s white and gold Hillcrest pattern. The Los Angeles-based interior designer used free flowing lines to interpret marine florals with Deco Age appeal.
Courtesy of L'Objet
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Sous Le Ciel by L’Objet

Classic white plates get a Silk Road update with these Han Dynasty markings. Coming in both gold and white, this collection of Chinoise dinnerware will transform your traditional dinner or Tuesday night takeout.
Courtesy of Vista Alegre
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Olhar o Brasil by Vista Alegre

Portuguese porcelain company, Vista Alegre, has launched Olhar o Brasil, designed by architect Chico Gouvea. One of the boldest patterns in the flora and fauna finds at the showrooms of 41 Madison, this geometric and avian-clad dinnerware pays tribute to the local culture of Brazil, not to mention, perfect for your colorful summer dinner parties.
Courtesy of Richard Ginori 1735
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Oro Di Doccia by Richard Ginori 1735

The Chinoiserie fashions of the mid 18th-century continue to hold strong as seen in this Richard Ginori plate featuring green and gold roosters playing in a field. Try pairing with geometric white and gold plates for an eclectic contemporary spin.
Courtesy of Haring Berlin
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Ocean by Hering Berlin

Cobalt illustrations of oceanic creatures by Eleonore Gerhander swim onto crisp white porcelain plates for under-the-sea charm at the table.
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Auréole Dorée by Fürstenberg

Taking the gilded traditional designs of ancient Byzantine, German-based porcelain company, Fürstenberg has launched this geometric pattern that is guaranteed to add the right amount of exotic to your tabletop.
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Chelsea Bird by Mottahedeh

These famed 18th-century botanical illustrations by Sir Hans Sloane (they were commissioned by King George III!) will bring a bit of the royal’s fascination with newly arrived Chinese flora. For a modern spin, pair one ornate piece with your classic whites or geometry-inspired tabletop pieces.
Courtesy of Sieger by Fürstenberg
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Ca’ d’Oro by Seiger by Fürstenberg

Taking inspiration from the wow-worthy architecture of the Palazzo in Venice, Italy, the graphic black and white patterns are simplistic enough for everyday use yet bold enough (and glam enough thanks to a rim of gold) for special occasions.
Courtesy of Jacqueline Cambata Designs
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Shangri-La by Jacqueline Cambata Designs

Manufactured in Limoges, France, this intricate collection features the mythical land of Shangri-La with idyllic creatures and a near utopia-like paradise that is sure to turn your dining experience into a cultural excursion.