When the crisp autumn breeze blows through the trees and the leaves turn into a vibrant tapestry of red, orange and yellow hues, it is the best time to bring the warmth of rustic style to the table. Fall is a season that invites us to embrace the coziness and simplicity of life. One way to do this is to decorate the table with porcelain dinnerware that not only captures the essence of autumn, but also speaks of natural elegance.
A harmonious blend of the beauty of fall and rustic style, now increasingly sought after by innovative chefs. Terracotta, stoneware, and porcelain are sublime craftsmanship where the call of nature and a minimalism that speaks of renewed tradition comes to the fore. Ladie and Gentlemen, here is the rebirth of the autumn senses, enlivened by ceramics and, first and foremost, porcelain.
Ghisa, introduction to autumn
Porcelain born from the earth
Ceramic, known for its remarkable characteristics of versatility, durability and unlimited design possibilities, has emerged as one of the most sought-after choices in tableware. Being a natural material, ceramic is perfectly in line with the sustainability trend and is an eco-conscious choice. But what lies behind the term “ceramic”? Delving into its rich history, we discover that the word “ceramics” finds its origins in ancient Greek. “Keramos” was the term used for both clay and the exquisite products made from it through the transformation process of firing. Today “pottery” is an all-encompassing term that refers to tableware and ornamental objects made from clay-based materials or directly from clay itself.
In the fascinating world of ceramics there is a spectrum of different categories. Specialists distinguish between stoneware, earthenware, and majolica, while porcelain is a distinct member of this vast family. The essence of the differentiation between these groups lies in the unique composition of the various clays, each of which plays a key role in dictating the firing temperature within the kiln. This, in turn, influences the choice of glazes, the aesthetics of decorative colors, and the resulting resistance of the tableware to the rigors of daily use.
Let us venture into the intriguing world of ceramics, where each category boasts its own distinct character, forged by the alchemy of earth and fire. Stoneware, for example, captivates with its rustic effect, evoking a sense of tradition and warmth. Majolica, known for its brilliant glazes, adds a lively touch to the table, while terracotta, with its earthy, rustic charm, transports you to ancient Mediterranean landscapes. And then there is porcelain, the epitome of refinement in the realm of pottery. Characterized by its luminosity, porcelain is often considered the pinnacle of ceramic art. Its special composition, derived from kaolin clay, gives it the ability to withstand high firing temperatures, resulting in its characteristic white, translucent appearance. The fine-grained nature of porcelain makes it the canvas for over-the-top presentations, and its incredible strength and resistance to chipping make it a perfect choice for exquisite dinnerware that can withstand the demands of daily professional use.
The appeal of rustic style
Rustic style is an aesthetic that celebrates the raw, unrefined beauty of natural materials and craftsmanship. It is about creating a cozy and comfortable atmosphere that is both timeless and warm. When thinking of rustic style, we imagine wooden furniture, vintage decorations, and earthy colors. However, an often overlooked element of rustic style is precisely porcelain tableware. The rediscovery of porcelain tableware in rustic guise, reminiscent of its heyday in the 1970s, is by no means accidental. This revival is due to several factors, each of which breathes new life into this timeless and evocative style.
First and foremost, porcelain, with its tactile appeal and handcrafted allure, is a strong antidote to the digital saturation of our modern lives. In an age inundated with mass-produced goods and fleeting digital experiences, there is a desire for the authentic and the handmade. The appeal of rustic porcelain takes us back to a simpler time, when each piece bore the unique touch of the artisan’s hand, celebrating imperfections as hallmarks of character. In an age when authenticity is valued, rustic porcelain expresses a return to the tangible, a desire for original craftsmanship that invites conscious engagement with the objects that adorn tables.
Moreover, the resurgence of rustic tableware is intrinsically linked to the burgeoning movements that seek a sustainable and conscious lifestyle. Concepts such as farm-to-table and zero-waste ethics are shaping the choices being made in living and dining spaces. Rustic porcelain, with its earthy aesthetic, aligns perfectly with these ideals, expressing the essence of sustainability and ecological consciousness. Its enduring quality and the fact that it can be passed down from generation to generation make it an option that resonates with those seeking to reduce their ecological footprint.
On the culinary front, contemporary gastronomic trends are also playing a key role in the resurgence of rustic tableware. For example, the rise of vegetable-rich Levantine cuisine, inspired by the sun-kissed Mediterranean, is a perfect match for the genuine charm of rustic porcelain. Earthy colors and textures enhance the visual appeal of dishes that celebrate the vibrancy of fresh products. Likewise, dishes such as Pinsa, which has its roots in ancient Rome, exude an aura of history and tradition that harmonizes perfectly with the rougher porcelain. This style of tableware enhances the experience of enjoying ancient recipes that have withstood the test of time, transcending generations with their delicious flavors and simple presentation.
Stoneware line, room for tradition
The rustic elegance of MPS Made in Italy porcelain
One of the main advantages of using porcelain in interior decoration and on the table is its ability to adapt to different styles and environments. During autumn, warm, earthy colors such as terracotta, brown and orange are the undisputed stars, along with elegant contrasts that highlight dishes and cooking styles. In addition to colors, the texture of porcelain also plays an important role that gives dynamism to the composition.
When it comes to porcelain, two lines in particular stand out in the world of rustic dinnerware, perfect for fall-but also year-round: Stoneware and Ghisa.
Stoneware: earthy and durable
Stoneware tableware is more than just a choice: it is an emotional journey through time, perfectly suited to rustic settings. Its timeless aesthetic, reminiscent of handcrafted ceramics, invites you into a world of rustic charm that is utterly irreplaceable. In each piece of MPS Porcellane’s Stoneware line, you’ll find the charm of a testimony of craftsmanship, evoking a sense of authenticity and enveloping the dining experience in a warm and welcoming embrace.
Earth tones such as shades of brown wrap around bowls, pots, casseroles and cake plates evoking the soul of autumn and complementing the seasonal delicacies that adorn the table. Stoneware dinnerware is not just about aesthetics, but also resistance to chipping and cracking, for items perfect for everyday professional use.
Matte effect: Ghisa line
For those who want to infuse rustic charm with a touch of delicacy and sophistication, porcelain tableware with a matte effect is an exquisite choice. An opaque finish lends a sense of refined distinction that combines beautifully with the earthy tones of autumn. A bold yet delicate brushstroke that creates a surprising balance of hues and textures. A paradox is born, giving rise to the right atmosphere of attunement: the charm of the tableware of Ghisa line lies in the choice of the predominant color, black. An interweaving of natural beauty where a shade that is strong in itself manages to become an ideal backdrop for delicacies with bright colors typical of the season. Baking dishes, salad bowls, finger food containers and serving plates are part of nature itself, subtly echoing the tranquility of an autumn forest or the softness of a freshly fallen leaf.
Color and craftsmanship, a canvas for the chef. Handpainted line
A surprise from the hands of nature: porcelain tableware
Rustic style becomes welcoming in the golden hues of autumn. Minimal tableware that needs no frills to tell the story of nature’s craftsmanship, entrusted to expert hands that work porcelain with passion and the respect that the masterpieces of the earth deserve. Nothing needs to be added. But if the chef wants an extra note of color, we have the most unexpected solution in its discretion: Handpainted line. Discover all our artistry in handpainted and exclusive polished porcelain items. Green, yellow, red and gray accompany your presentations in a swirl of Made in Italy welcome.