When you set the table for a special occasion at home, do you just focus on the forks or do you layer the look with carefully chosen table coverings, fresh flowers, candles (unscented, always) and beloved plates? Think about your favorite restaurants. While the food is the star, the interior design and tablescapes are the stage that makes meals look good.
“People are noticing the details and want to know more about the plate, not just what’s being served on it,” says Morgan Jones-Greenberg owner of Table One, a boutique manufacturers rep group in Atlanta specializing in table tops for the hospitality industry. Working with chefs and restaurant owners, her team adds the tabletop building blocks of a look and decides on silverware, glassware, plates, table lighting, coffee service pieces and accessories. She worked with Nick Hassiotis, Foundation Social Eatery, Operating Partner.
“As a jumping-off point, we want something eye-catching and interesting to look at,” says Nick. “A beautiful table and interior design gives diners an initial impression of what’s to come before they start their meal. Is it casual? Is it fancy? How many forks do they have out? Do they have their silverware rolled? Is there a wine glass pre-set? The tablescape provides visual clues for what’s to follow.”
Diners are seated at tables made of beautiful, warm walnut, which are complemented by a bold navy napkin and antique finished silverware. The footed water glasses provide both weight and texture to the table. The more angular wine glass adds height and visual interest, while also encouraging the guests to go ahead and order that first glass of wine upon arrival.
Next time you dine out, devour the interior design too. It's all a part of the meal. Bon Appetit!
“People are noticing the details and want to know more about the plate, not just what’s being served on it.”
Morgan Jones-Greenberg, owner of Table One