The latest crockery trends are all about muted hues and asymmetrical designs, says tableware specialist Parsley in Time.
“For ‘muted’ read ‘natural’ or ‘Nordic’,” said Rob Blunderfield, Parsley in Time’s marketing manager. “Whatever word you use to describe them, greys, off-whites and faded pastels are huge and getting bigger.” And for some blue plates the names are currently ‘topaz’, ‘ice’ and ‘river’.
The firm feels that one reason for the popularity of these colours is that they blend well, both with white and with each other. “Two or more colourways in these kinds of shades let operators create a table top that manages to be attention-grabbing, relaxing and chic all at the same time,” said Blunderfield.
Meanwhile he detailed that the vogue for off-kilter shapes shows no sign of diminishing. “Ovals that aren’t quite oval, circles that aren’t quite circular, weird rectangles that are well outside the box. It’s all part of the drive to be different. Restaurants, especially in the casual dining sector, want to create a stir and the table top is a relatively inexpensive way of changing the face of the dining area – and enhancing the customer experience.”
Parsley in Time believes that glassware trends reflect this drive to be different. Current favourites range from classic designs to etched goblets and stemless wine glasses. Furthermore, an increasing number of suppliers are creating specialist glasses for specific wine types. Alongside the choice of red or white, there are dedicated glasses for Riesling, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and so on.
Parsley in Time has pulled together lots of these trends in its latest brochure, called ‘2017.’ It combines lines from a wide variety of manufacturers and includes table top design suggestions. Copies are available free on request from Parsley in Time and all the products featured in ‘2017’ are available to buy from the company’s website.