Gallery: Table wear for the finicky chef

Milan - Kartell has returned to table wear, a line it abandoned in the 1970s, this time tapping the imaginations of three designers and three chefs for their ideal table settings.

Italian chef and restaurateur Davide Oldani wants his servers to know exactly how to place a plate before diners so he put a raised thumb print on his dishes for proper orientation. Andrea Berton and Carlo Cracco stuck to accessories, from serving plates for Cracco to sculpted bread dishes by Berton.

Jean-Marie Massaud's 'Namaste' set of melamine dishes for Kartell are suggestive of flat stones and come in a natural colour palette. Picture: Courtesy of Kartell"Ovo" are serving platters by chef Carolo Cracco and also form part of Kartell's "In Tavola" collection, a series of tableware using a highly experimental approach to materials and technologies to create imaginative, coloured, transparent and seductive products. Picture: ...Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola's Jellies Family of scalloped translucent dishes in delicate colours she designed for Kartell, the Italian plastic furniture and home accessroies company. Picture courtesy of Kartell"Panis b." by chef Andrea Berton is a melamine bread dish made of bread dough clay that comes in white, grey, brown, orange and lime yellow. Picture:  Courtesy of KartellThe "I.D.ish by d'o" designed by Italian chef Davide Oldani consists of a complete line of dishes in bone white or bronze-coloured  melamine, all with a thumbprint. Picture:  Courtesy of KartellFor Kartell, French designer Philippe Starck created a set of "ding dong" bells for serving cheeses, cakes and pastries. Picture: Courtesy of Kartell

Philippe Starke created a series of whimsical domes dubbed “Ding Dong” for anything from cakes to hard-boiled eggs; Jean-Marie Massaud made asymmetrical plates suggestive of flat stones; and Patricia Urquiola designed a series of transparent moulded plastic dishes, bowls and drinking cups. – Sapa -AP