Why Are You Seeing Enamelware Everywhere?

If you grew up in the 60’s and 70’s or went camping as a kid, chances are, you’re familiar with enamelware.  And like so many things from that era (Gucci, anyone?), it’s hip again.  It’s loved by the editors of food52, popping up all over Instagram, and being used in countless outdoor weddings.

Splatter Blue and White Enamelware

Today, enamelware feels as appropriate in the Adirondacks as it does in a condo in Brooklyn.  Why?  Because it’s functional.  But it’s also urban and rural; universal in the best sense.

Vintage White with Black Rim Enamelware

Plus, it’s a treat to reach for something that’s so lightweight, carefree, and fun for both kids and grandparents.

Splatter Pink and White Enamel Children’s Enamel Tableware

To channel a retro vibe, Crow Canyon Home makes pieces that are charming pieces of Americana, full of nostalgic, old-fashioned goodness.  Used outdoors, they’re a great alternative to glass and disposable paper and plastic containers.

Splatter Blue and White Enamelware

And if you’re going camping, enamelware is easy to carry and safe to use on the grill or the campfire.

Crow Canyon Home Enamelware

For sailors, Crow Canyon Home recently released a collaboration with Fishs Eddy, one of New York City’s most iconic shops.  Here’s their Knots collection; it also comes in Sailboats and Buoys.

Crow Canyon Home x Fishs Eddy Knots Enamelware

Farther afield, we recently found enamelware (in dinnerware, it’s actually porcelain fused onto heavy gauge steel) at Maison et Objet in Paris, where a duo of Turkish sisters were introducing Bornn, a new line of handcrafted enamelware.  Their Marble Swirl pieces, each of which is hand made and colored, is stunning.

Multi-Colored Marble Swirl Lemon Cream Enamelware

I mean, how is this even possible?  Every piece is hand dipped and colored, so the pattern changes throughout.

Multi-Colored Marble Swirl Blush Enamelware

Or for something simpler, there’s the Bloom collection, available in seven colors:

Bornn Bloom Enamelware

So what do you need to know?  Enamelware dinnerware is made using a steel base, which is hand dipped in porcelain multiple times to build a base and topcoat to withstand heat.  To create splatterware, a second color is flicked on using a special brush.  Marble patterns are dipped and swirled multiple times until the colors are just right.

Enamelware is dishwasher, oven (up to 500F), grill, and stovetop safe.  It’s also easy to clean and lightweight, so it’s great for kids.  With heavy use, it might chip at the edges; don’t worry, that’s part of its appeal.  And it’s completely food safe (even with chips).  But don’t use it in the microwave, as the metal inside won’t do well.

Love it?  Click here to see more enamelware pieces.

Meet the Maker: Stunning Portuguese Flatware from Cutipol

Last year, we traveled to Portugal, and the trip was a revelation.  The country, which for years was ruled by the Estado Novo dictatorship, is now in the midst of a spectacular design renaissance.  Everywhere you see the contrast between traditional Portuguese buildings festooned with centuries-old tiles and clean, modern design.  There’s also a move to bring the country into the future, but there are strong traces of a Portuguese point of view.

Here’s an example.  At the Six Senses in Douro Valley, one of the hotels where we stayed, they carefully renovated an existing manor house from the 19th century to minimize the impact on the hills and the surrounding villages.

So while the exterior looks like this …

Exterior of the Six Senses Douro Valley

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What to Know About RabLabs Products

Which materials are used in RabLabs designs?

RabLabs designs are created using semi-precious gemstones, combined with pure silver, 24k gold, and rose gold. They also utilize materials like stainless steel, plated metals, and glass.  These materials are chosen to last forever, and to retain their quality for generations to come.  Each piece is unique, because of the materials, and the variation in the designs. Read more

Why You Need A Rock Star At Home: RabLabs’ Anna Rabinowicz

One of my favorite things about meeting new people is hearing their stories.  I especially love hearing about people like designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, who started doing one thing, moved on to something else, and then finally took all those pieces together and ended up creating something that’s unique to him.

So when I found out that RabLabs founder Anna Rabinowicz went from designing prosthetics to working with gemstones, my ears were piqued.  How did that happen?

RabLabs Founder Anna Rabinowicz (courtesy RabLabs)

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How Gucci and Alessandro Michele Are Making Richard Ginori Great Again

Founded in 1735 by a Florentine aristocrat, Richard Ginori is one of the oldest porcelain manufacturers in Europe. It is easily the most distinguished manifattura of fine porcelain tableware in Italy, meaning that all production takes place under one roof, so quality is very consistent.

For nearly 300 years, it’s been very closely associated with Italy and its history. Its pieces have graced museums, luxury liners, restaurants, luxury hotels, and fine tables around the world. It has made collections for the Vatican and has featured designs by top Italian architects like Gio Ponti and Paola Novane. Read more