Trend for the table: colourful ceramics – and 5 of the best

“Food looks nicer on coloured plates,” says Shelley Simpson, founder of Australian ceramics brand Mud, which has boutiques in Sydney, Melbourne, New York and London selling everyday tableware pieces – in a whopping 70 shapes – made special by the fact that they’re available in 18 different colours. The brand recently showed its collection at London’s Spring restaurant at Somerset House – including in the colour mix vibrant yellow, mint green, tangerine and pastel pink and making clear in the process that you could, if inclined, put a lot of effort into some colour combining on the dinner table.

“Some customers will come in and buy one of every colour,” Shelley told us, as though reading our tempted minds. “In New York people will come in at the start of summer to buy their new sets for the Hamptons – in London, people might start off with a single piece but then come back to build their collection. Colour makes our pieces quite loud in some respects, but the shapes are very quiet. When you put things into bowls and onto plates – it’s the food that’s important afterall.”

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four of the colours and shapes from the Mud collection

The designer advised that the neutral blues are a safe bet for any house and all food. “I love the citrus shades too – pale yellow is great with foods,” she said. “The colours we introduce are about what I’m connecting to at the time. I went to the Judd House recently in New York and he had the most beautiful kitchen, so we might be doing a little homage to that soon.”

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Mud pieces shown at Spring restaurant

Find the full collection on the website. Here are four more sources for colourful tableware….

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Iittala X Issey Miyake collection

A Japanese-Finnish collaboration, the brand new Iittala X Issey Miyake collection pairs minimal pentagon-shaped ceramics in blush pink, black and white – inspired by the bloom of spring – with table textiles that encompass the Japanese fashion house’s signature pleat.

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Plates and bowls from Merchant Archive

London’s Merchant Archive is an independent fashion shop in Notting Hill, which has always offered a nice side helping of homewares – both vintage and new. The brand’s own ceramics collection comprises plates, bowls, mugs and platters in blue, white, grey, black and blush pink.

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Ceramics by Brickett Davda

Handmade tableware from Brickett Davda comes in a variety of slightly off-kilter sludgy tones that look delicious together or in isolation. The brand’s strikingly oversized bowls especially will leave you torn over whether to display them or enjoy them as a functional everyday item.

Muuto Shades bowls

New Shades collection from Muuto

Geometric shapes and muted shades – with yet more pink in the mix – define the new Shades collection from colour-lovers Muuto.

Jill Macnair


Jill Macnair has worked as an interiors journalist for 13 years, contributing to titles including Elle Decoration, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She set up cult interiors blog My Friend’s House in 2009 with Ros Anderson and continues to run the forum daily.

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