The three current tableware trends: big, beautiful and eco-friendly. Big is all about tableware designers adding larger plates to their ranges, either as sharing platters or to give more scope for showcase presentation by the chef. Beautiful glassware – a key component in drinks presentation and taste. No plastics – eco products surge to the fore as plastic disposables come in for a panning. Utopia has all three bases covered in its latest launches.
Big plates look stunning and the choice of designs is increasing. Utopia has just added a 30cm plate to its popular Fuji range. Made from superior terracotta for increased strength and durability this plate adds a raw natural appearance to the table. There’s also a new 31cm plate for the vitrified porcelain Lagoon range. Lagoon, inspired by the ocean and shore creates a relaxed atmosphere at the table. The Lichen range is also benefitting from the introduction of a 31cm plate. This range with organic shapes and a reactive glaze is great for a rustic feel. For dramatic effect, there’s the Etna new 31cm plate with an element of copper added to its dark glaze.
On the glassware front Utopia is launching the Big Top from Nude – an eye-catching collection featuring tight vertical ribs and a tapering foot. This collection contains an old-fashioned, double old fashioned and three sizes of hiballs.
The beautiful Hepburn glassware collection by Nude combines clean lines and soft curves worthy of its namesake. This new range includes a shaker, mixing glass, hiball, double old fashioned and a coupe. Also in the Hollywood theme is the Wayne collection of two sizes of hiballs, a whisky and old-fashioned sizes features the radiance of crystal glass scored vertically to produce a variety of reflections from the drinks within. For more Hollywood charm Utopia is launching the Hudson cocktail range perfect for a G & T or classic Martini.
Glitz has been added to the popular Timeless Vintage collection, which receives a stunning gold halo, for a further dash of glamour. The gold rim is available on selected pieces. To finish off the new additions there’s the Elysia collection of tumblers with striking vertical cuts reminiscent of brilliant cut diamonds. This range includes a hiball, old-fashioned and double old-fashioned sizes.
Utopia has joined the drive to bring more environmentally friendly products to market but with a focus on style. Enter the new re-usable stainless steel stirrers along with sustainably sourced wooden options, each in two popular lengths. New black paper sip straws, made from three-ply paper, which is 100% biodegradable, and food safe, look great in drinks, while new metal straws allow for a unique way to be environmentally friendly by having a reusable option which adds a distinct look to the serve.
Prices: The prices for the new collections start from £6 for the eco range, £12 for the big plates and £3 for the glassware ranges. Full details on the Utopia website www.utopia-tableware.com .