In 2014, a group of researchers at Oxford University set out to test the truism that we eat with our eyes. The results were overwhelming conclusive — presentation does indeed affect taste. Fast-forward half a decade and we now have professional “tablescapers” — stylists whose job it is to make your dining table look a million dollars.
While even we would agree that an in-house tablescaper seems like an extravagance, there are a couple of tips you can follow for beautiful serving style. The first, invest in minimalist tableware that you know you’ll love for life (LSA and Cassina have some great options here). Second, don’t treat storage as an afterthought. Select pieces that’ll facilitate the task of hosting and make a daring design statement in their own right.