Great chefs recommend using white tableware to plate up their futuristic compositions, in the same way as for refined and minimal still life works of art. However, the diktats of cooks, who now have a say in more than just the world of fine dining, is not putting off the manufacturers, who continue to play with our tastes for decorative tableware.It is definitely the case for the “Piatto unico” brand, which creates designer tableware Made in Italy. Designer Emanuela Sala, who founded the brand, brings us an aesthetic that freely mixes visual ideas taken from the past with contemporary forms. The ceramics in the collections are made by small artisan firms, still to be found in the relevant Italian ceramic districts. The inspiration comes from antique prints, illustrations in old books, mixed and combined with creative flair. As the name of the brand says, each plate is a unique piece, a “piatto unico”, and has its own tale to tell. Imaginative collages have been created on contemporary ceramics as well as on antique pieces that are given a whole new lease of life. At the base of the project is the idea to create a feeling of family heirlooms that will bring a sense of traditional hospitality to the table.