The Sette’s Guide to setting the table

The Sette launches tomorrow with kitchen and tableware made by French, British and Austrian artisans. Here we asked the founders of the new online shop, Sophie Elliott and Cloe Bueso to give us a sneak peek, as well as some of their style rules for setting an autumn table:

1. Keep things as relaxed as possible. Less is definitely more.

2. Having a really great quality tablecloth makes a big difference and we love when they drape down from the table and touch the floor. Our French linens are very oversized. The same goes for napkins, the bigger the better.

Linen napkins: from £18

3. Don’t worry too much about where to place cutlery, glassware, plates and napkins, as long as you feel it looks good, that’s all that matters.

4. Combine different shapes and styles on the same table, avoiding anything too matchy-matchy. For example, we like to use our white scallop dinner and starter plates with spiked edge porcelain plates on the side for bread – the contrasting shapes make a big difference.

5. Don’t get too caught up with having various sets of cutlery and glassware for the same dinner – in France they usually make you keep the same set of cutlery for your starter and main. Our vegetable cutlery rests are perfect for you to place your cutlery on between courses.

Vegetable cutlery rests (handmade and painted): £75 for a box of 6

6. Candles definitely help set the tone and seasonal flowers in bud vases always look great. At the moment sage green/teal/midnight blue Hydrangeas add a low key wow factor.

7. Try and have something more quirky on the table, for example at breakfast use our porcelain croissant box for butter or jam.

Porcelain croissant: £180

The Sette’s online shop launches Friday 23 October, and you can follow on Instagram @the.sette

— Daisy Allsup
22nd October 2020

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