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INSPIRATION | December 13, 2022 | By Saxon Henry
Decorative Trays for the Holidays
Tis the season, as they say, an expression that ushers in decking the halls and delicious aromas wafting from the kitchen. Whether the need is a perfect place for arranging bouquets and accessories or ferrying food to the table, the celebrations are more stylish with an array of decorative trays for the holidays on hand. We have a hefty offering in this category, which is beloved by the most gentile hosts and hostesses, several of the smartest products new this fall. One of our ever-popular accessories is the Arrow Tray Set in our Jamie Beckwith Collection shown above, the pale wood tones in all of her products in sync with the textural Thibaut wallpaper.
Decorative Trays for the Holidays
The Sena Marble Tray is geometrically sophisticated. The sections of white and pietra gray marble are juxtaposed against each other in a dynamic way: a white swath slices through the middle of the entire tray on slant, folding up from the bottom to the sides. The solid marble black and white decorative tray has mitered joints and a composite coating on the bottom to keep it from scratching surfaces.
The Taurus Tray Set has a number of artisanal aspects to its design and construction. The handmade ivory and black decorative trays have square mitered profiles—the small one sans handles and the large one with openings to grasp. Once the bone and composite materials have been fitted together in tidy lines, texture is achieved on the surfaces when artisans mark the white speckled bone with a brazing tool. This level of specificity and the fact that the trays are composed like intricate puzzles make these special accent pieces designed by Aimee Kurzner.
The Tia Tray Set includes two decorative accessories in smaller and larger sizes. The offset brick pattern that runs along the interior bottoms are made of white bone and wood to bring the brown decorative trays a refined sense of movement that resembles piano keys. Both trays have outer rims in solid bone, and though there are no handles, the thickness of the raised edges make each tray easy to grip.
Made of cast aluminum, the interiors of the Riya Red Tray Set have been treated to a rich red finish while the exteriors are covered in a luxuriant gold. Though these would be the perfect trays for serving champagne during happy hour, the design is so stellar, they shine when empty whether in the middle of a table or on the corner of a counter.
The Arrow Tray Set, designed by Jamie Beckwith, is based on a strong graphic shape that comes alive with the contrast of bone and composite in ivory and black along the surface. Originally created in bold patterns for vertical and horizontal surfaces, Beckwith says of the Arrow, “This is a unique take on a chevron pattern. I was inspired by original French chevron parquets and this pattern is an updated version of that. There is a classic feel to this graphic shape with a modern take. It provides a strong underlying structure that bonds all the elements of a room together.” There are a number of offerings in this family of products.
The London Blue Tray Set expands this family of accessories and lamps, the original introductions canisters that were designed after the containers used by the Indian companies to export tea leaves to England since the 14th century. Lacquered with a very refined crackled finish, this iron tole blue tray set includes two sizes that nest. Other colors in this family of decorative accessories include a handsome black and a classic ivory.
The Luca Silver Large Tray has a scored textural interior bottom and sides made of cast aluminum in a silver finish. These provide this silver decorative tray with a rough luxe vibe. You can see the hallmarks of a hand-forged piece with the drifts of patina and the etchings that flow along the surfaces inside and out. This is an artisanal piece that takes great skill to create, which means you can serve your guests with pride. This is one of our decorative trays for the holidays that is just as beautiful empty as it is when filled with goodies!
The Swoop Tray Set, designed by Jamie Beckwith, is based on a strong graphic shape that comes alive with the contrasting of pieces of bone and composite in ivory and black along the surface. Originally created in bold patterns for vertical and horizontal surfaces, Beckwith says of the Swoop, “I was inspired by mid-century design, specifically Italian designer Gio Ponti, when creating the Swoop pattern. I especially like the idea of curves with straight lines found in Swoop. There is a feminine but masculine feeling to these designs which work well in many environments, and that is due specifically to the shape.” We have a number of offerings in the Swoop family of products.
With bold patterns that match on all sides, the Cade Black Tray is made of solid wood covered in composite in black and white patterns. The intermingling of thin and thick delineations creates a telescoping effect that brings the surfaces of this decorative tray the feel they are in constant movement. The application is a painstaking one. We also offer the Cade in black as a set of decorative boxes, and as boxes in blue and white.
Mixing chiseled horn with composite brings the Derian Tray a nice luminous texture. The striations on the surfaces of the decorative tray, which has felt on the bottom, are achieved when artisans take chisels and put them on angle as they are hammering the lines into the surface of the horn. The black and white diamond shapes are clean, contrasting elements. We also offer the Derian as a set of decorative boxes.
A surprising mix of materials makes up the 1940s Tray designed by Aimee Kurzner. Covering the surface of the tan and ivory decorative tray are wood, composite, and linen. The wood tones add warmth, the composite brings coolness, and the linen adds texture to the overall composition. We also offer a 1940s Box Set.
Our Modernist Bone and Horn Tray is a very conceptual design covered in a mosaic made from pieces of hand-cut buffalo horn that have been applied to a Mango wood structure. This decorative tray with its modernist pattern represents a new approach to contemporary design in handicrafts in India. We also have a set of decorative boxes with this mosaic pattern.
This image of the Luca Tray illustrates how luminous it is in a light-filled space.
Next week, we move into the final days of the holiday season when baking and preparing other aromatic goodies will be underway. Make your spreads more elegant by serving them on a beautiful decorative tray; and don’t forget, Santa likes gracefulness, too, so arrange his milk and cookies on a work of art he will appreciate!