This Pinterest-Worthy Item Is the One Thing Your Table Might Be Missing (And It’s on Major Sale!)
To kick off the holiday season in style, Apartment Therapy partnered with Pinterest on a New York City-based pop up, Dine by Design. Running now through Nov. 13 at House of Showfields in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, this event showcases 20 unique place setting displays, created by 10 interior designers using some of today’s top trends. There’s Noz Nozawa’s “Celestial Chic” setup, Rayman Boozer’s gold-infused “Gilty Pleasure” vignette, and more, all expertly-curated and highly creative — because what else would you expect from a Pinterest/Apartment Therapy crossover?
While the featured designers and tastemakers put their own signature spins on the various tablescapes they pulled together (which you can save and shop directly on Pinterest!), one specific item from the installation appeared four times: a set of four Villeroy & Boch white wine glasses, featured in Mat Sanders’ “Natural Selection,” Nozawa’s “Celestial Chic,” Kamili Bell Hill’s “Boho Flair,” and Shannon Maldonado’s “New Wave ’80s” creations.
They may look simple enough, but these aren’t just any wine glasses. The style has an angled edge for an unexpected yet sophisticated take on classic stemware that pairs well with all kinds of place settings. Let’s take a look at two of the tablescapes in particular where these glasses really shine.
Sanders, for example, makes a case for elevating your dinner table with fun, fluid shapes, opting for accents like a squiggly candelabra and a five-piece vessel-like vase from artist Virginia Sin. The sculptural silhouettes of the Villeroy & Boch wine glasses only enhance this design scheme’s overall eye-catching effect (as opposed to fading into the background like transparent glassware often tends to do). Speaking of, Sanders’ nature-inspired setup also relies heavily on pattern play by mixing of various striped linens. Here, he situated the glasses along the edges of a dark-hued table runner, putting them on their own printed pedestal. These contrasting colors help the wine glasses stand out even more, as does slightly distancing them from the plates, flatware, and any other nearby drinking glasses on the table.
On a more vibrant note, these wine glasses bring a modern flair to Maldonado’s setup, which was inspired by ’80s-era Memphis design. This style was largely characterized by bright, saturated colors and geometric shapes, the latter of which shows up not only in the angular stemware but also in the amorphous rippled plates and bird of paradise flower stems used as florals. While these striking wine glasses do take somewhat of a backseat here to brighter details — like fuchsia napkins, green utensils, and even a disco ball centerpiece — they still match the in-your-face aesthetic that this table styling gives off, even while positioned to the side of the runner. Ultimately, they’re a “muted” touch in the full look, especially when paired with the black and white stacked dinnerware.
Feeling inspired to up the ante on your own table display, now that hosting seems to officially be back in full swing? Good news: Now through Nov. 13, four of these Villeroy & Boch wine glasses are 50 percent off from Bloomingdale’s. Yes, they’re still an investment, especially at full price, but think of these luxe-looking glasses as the stemware equivalent of fine china (albeit way easier to clean, since they’re dishwasher-safe!). They’re special-occasion-worthy, yet design-forward enough to carry a lot of your tablescape heavy lifting (plus, they can double as bar cart decor in between dinner parties). That’s especially perfect if you’re hosting on a budget, since you can pare down on other decorative table details and still create a Pinterest-ready spread with these wine glasses alone. You can also take a cue from the designers above and let the glasses inspire your own nontraditional, one-of-a-kind holiday tabletop! Either way, guests are guaranteed to love using them, too. They may look a bit edgy (and are true conversation starters), but drinking out of them is smooth sailing.