“Green is in the middle of the spectrum… embracing all the realms of light that people need for nourishment. Since it’s ubiquitous in nature, it takes us back to nature.” – Donald Kaufman
Green reminds us of the role we play in our surroundings. We are now considering the environmental impact of our decisions in the hospitality space every day, as much as by necessity as by desire. “Green” is more than a buzzword – it’s a lifestyle and an ethos. We see this when specifying biodegradable alternatives for our customers, we see it when exploring the journey from clay to kiln to kitchen, and we definitely saw it during the ‘great paper straw shortage of July 2018.’
We’ve seen that there’s no clear answer when we need to further deplete resources of the already endangered honeybee to line the interiors of paper straws to reduce our dependence on plastic. We’re not cynical, just hopeful. It’s easy to fall into a passionate monologue on decisions we can make, both as suppliers and consumers, on how to be kinder to Mother Earth. Instead, we’re going to focus on a different kind of green in this column.
Spring growth and summer abundance brings us to the month of August, and the greenest landscape of our year. We’ll give Mother Nature most of the credit, but we’re equally committed to growth in all ways and to spreading verdant tones throughout the industry. Here’s a glimpse into LMT’s emerald obsession and ode to chlorophyll.
Spruce was our first foray into the forest of green china. This glazed, seaweed hue is available on 15 different Anfora Denali shapes. No two pieces are exactly alike because of the handcrafted finish. If you are looking to add a little umami to your tabletop without having to deep-water dive into your pockets, this is the collection to approach.
We will release Platform from Robert Gordon Australia in an exclusive, heritage, deep-sea green later this year. Plates and bowls in a stackable, granular, matte, high-fired stoneware feature a flat profile and subtle sharpened rims. This collaboration with Steelite will arrive just in time to match your Christmas pines.
If you’d prefer to match your thriving August basil, Canopy by Felt + Fat is available for immediate delivery. It doesn’t get much more local – this collection is manufactured just a quick drive away from Singer Equipment Company’s headquarters in Elverson, PA. It’s the perfect slip-casted, semi-matte, satin glazed canvas for elevating your summer harvests. This dark olive variety is available in any of Felt + Fat’s 19 shapes.
Looking for something organic but modern? Haand Hospitality calls their aesthetic ‘farmhouse futuristic.’ Their signature, rustic ash glaze is called Moss and it can be applied to any porcelain shape. This tone adds a one-of-a-kind patina to Haand’s durable clay body, and is created in an efficient, low-waste environment in North Carolina.
Pax from Figgjo offers a truly unique plating space, inspired by the sustainability of communal dining. A distinctive wide-angled edge softly transitions this rimless silhouette into an elegant, simple surface. Designed for sharing concepts and social eating, our favorite shade of this 4-color launch is the glazed olive. The smooth, hand-painted decor is applied to an 8.5” share plate, a 10.25” share plate, an 8” x 5” rounded oval plate, a sweeping 20” x 5” rounded oval platter, and a 17oz cozy bowl.
It’s clear that partnering with some of our favorite factories to develop green dinnerware has become one of our modus operandi. Meet Emerald Equinoxe, an exclusive collaboration with Revol, coming this Fall. A reactive, deeply saturated, hunter green glaze will adorn the plating surface of each vessel in the 15-shape collection, while the base remains Revol’s iconic black stoneware porcelain.
We’re not done yet. Looking for more sage advice from our team of tabletop consultants? Enter our secret garden with Sabre’s Bistro cutlery in Vert Fonce (dark green) available in two metal finishes – shiny or vintage. With 11 styles, Bistrot offers everything from utensils for traditional dinner service to larger serving pieces and accessories to accent a buffet and large-format presentations.
Envy is unnecessary. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org today to try on your favorite shade of this essential, life-giving hue.