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If You’re Looking for a New Set of Flatware, Your Search Stops Here

When I first set out to do this story, it was purely for selfish reasons: I was looking to replace a now out-of-stock Ikea flatware set (with bizarrely tiny forks) that I’d purchased as a cheap placeholder years ago. Why not share the results of my search? For fun, I polled some design friends on Instagram and that’s when the floodgates opened. You guys. I had no idea people had so many opinions about flatware. “YES my favorite topic,” breathed Ellen Van Dusen, who promptly sent me a snap of her all-blue Memphis-style David Tisdale picnic flatware. “Omg, what a question,” said noted modernist flatware enthusiast Dung Ngo. “Can I give you three sets at three different price points?” “I’ve had people steal forks and knives off planes for me,” admitted art director PJ Mattan, who’s amassed a collection over the years from airlines like SWISS and Air France. Flatware even came up at a dinner party I hosted, with one guest scoffing that it was impossible to choose from a mere image on a screen — that you needed to feel a fork’s weight and heft for so intimate an act as eating.

However, this article is here to give you permission to do just that! In fact, I’m planning on purchasing something from this article myself just as soon as I can actually make a decision! (I’m a Gemini.) If you’re on the fence too, well, how about a celebrity endorsement? Superstar chef Laila Gohar reveals that her everyday set is Carl Auböck for Amboss Austria, while Curbed editor-in-chief Kelsey Keith prefers Dry by Achille Castiglioni for Alessi. One note of caution before you read on: While this is a round-up of the very best design flatware on the market right now (at many different price points), I am something of a purist and do not believe in “black” flatware, “gold” flatware, or “iridescent” flatware. If those are your thing, that’s cool, but you won’t find them here. Happy hunting!

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Everyday Flatware by Big-Game for Hay, $115 for a 20-piece set

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Sunday Flatware by Big-Game for Hay, $150 for a 20-piece set

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Dry by Achille Castiglioni for Alessi, $300 for a 20-piece set

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Cinque Stelle by Ettore Sottsass, $218 for a 24-piece set

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Bernadotte by Georg Jensen, $380 for a 20-piece set

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Fantasia by Mepra Italian Flatware, $310 for a 20-piece set

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Muller Van Severen x Valerie Objects, starts at $629 for a 16-piece set

 

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Santiago by David Chipperfield for Alessi, $234 for a 24-piece set

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Rundes Modell by Josef Hoffmann for Alessi, $780 for a 24-piece set

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Pure by Gourmet Settings, $56 for a 20-piece set

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Kenmochi flatware by Isamu Kenmochi, $99 for a 20-piece set

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New York by Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen, $275 for a 24-piece set

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Arne Jacobsen for Georg Jensen, $260 for a 20-piece set

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Essential Chrome by Sabre, $180 for a 20-piece set

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Bistro Ivory by Sabre, $260 for a 20-piece set

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Maarten Baas for Valerie Objects, $387 for a 16-piece set

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Carlo Scarpa for Cleto Munari, $1,320 for a single set (lol)

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Minimal by David Mellor, $288 for a 20-piece set
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Sphere Flatware Set by Izabel Lam, $550 for a 20-piece set

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Tortoise Flatware by Sabre, priced individually

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Grove flatware by EQ3, $120 for a 20-piece set

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Carl Aubock for Amboss Austria, $2,100 for an 18-piece set

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Nobel cutlery by Gunnar Cyrén for Gense, $217 for a set of 20

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Muir by Heath, $288 for a 20-piece set

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Artik by Laura Partanen & Arto Kankkunen for Iittala, $360 for a 20-piece set

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Pott no. 34 by Carl Pott, $2,050 for a 20-piece set

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Piet Boon, $248 for a 24-piece set

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Oneida Terrace in Sunflower, $90 for a 20-piece set

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Koichi Futatsumata x Valerie Objects, $644 for a 16-piece set

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Tecna by Pinti Inox, $480 for a 20-piece set

Nantas Jean Puiforcat Nantes by Puiforcat, priced individually

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Movida by Mepra, $312 for a 20-piece set