Modern dining with an authentic Nordic twist

Modern dining is just as much about the fantastic food on offer, but also the social aspect of coming together around the table. This is what inspires Iittala and its latest Raami tableware collection by Jasper Morrison, designed to be loved and used every day, from morning to evening to create atmospheres around the table.

Raami – ‘frame’ in Finnish – is a new dining collection designed by Jasper Morrison. The carefully composed pieces in ceramic, glass and woodwork together to promote great atmosphere at the table from morning to night, on every occasion. Each item from the Raami collection is an individual, perfect on its own, yet a significant part of the entity. Like a family, or a group of friends: each member brings their own characteristics to the table.

“Making good atmosphere is a human Instinct, which plays a part in improving the quality of our everyday lives,” says Morrison.

Raami has been designed with great attention to detail. When taking a closer look, its fine characteristics come out. The feeling of Raami is familiar, something you’ve known throughout your life. “The collection consists of a family of relatives which have varying characters according to types. Plates, bowls, glassware and various additional ‘relatives’ have different but related character, which combine on the table to provide a rich setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” explains Morrison.

The four looks

The collection is composed of four looks, as seen in the below lookbook.

The drinking glasses, with their fluted design, that have a surprising tactility. Light creates interesting shades as it passes through the items. The stemware
forms another look: their considered proportions combine with simple and elegant shape to reward the diner with a casual, yet sophisticated ambience that
serves one purpose – to enjoy their glass of wine. The ceramic items form the third look. Porcelain plates and bowls have a particular curved edge which ends with a subtle rim detail, that elegantly frames the dish. The wooden serving boards form the fourth look. They bring a new functionality to the collection, allowing a more casual arrangement of food and enrich it, by bringing natural warmth to the table setting.

For more information, and to purchase items from this exclusive dining set, click here.

The best kitchen design advice for your home

Designing a new kitchen space? We chat with a kitchen design expert about how you should conceptualise one of the most important rooms in your home.

Mark Elmore, general manager of design at Fisher & Paykel, has been designing kitchen appliances for the Fisher & Paykel for over 35 years. He is particularly interested in the physical and architectural changes that have occurred, and in the sociological and psychological ways in which kitchen design has changed over the years.

Kitchen design at the heart of your home

Elmore says the growing importance of the kitchen can be seen by its location in the home. “[It’s] no longer a place for one person at the back of the house. It has moved forward to occupy the centre and the heart of the home,” he says. As well as this literal move, the kitchen has also changed in function. “It’s not just the place where food is prepared, it’s now also the place where food is shared. We also use it as an office, we use it as a meeting place for the family, and we use it to entertain.”

This change has led to more sophisticated kitchen designs that blend seamlessly into the rest of the home. “As kitchens evolve to be more like lounge spaces, the technology is becoming more embedded. Kitchen cabinets are looking more like furniture placed in the centre of the room and we have made sure that our appliances integrate seamlessly and give people design freedom – they can choose whether they want to show or hide their appliances.” 

The range of things we do in the kitchen has also changed. Sometimes we just want to heat up some leftovers or make a quick bowl of pasta. Other times we want to create a gastronomic feast. “This range of cooking affects the way in which we must design kitchens and the appliances that go in them,” explains Elmore. Fisher & Paykel’s combination cooktops, for example, allow you the convenience of induction, as well as SmartZone Gas for precision.

Go global

What’s also different today is that our palate is more global. We routinely eat food from around the world and want to cook it in an authentic way. We are also trying to eat more healthily. “This has an impact on how we design spaces for different foods to take into account their requirements for storage, handling, preparation and cooking.” Fisher & Paykel has introduced various appliances to respond to these changing demands, keeping up with trends in kitchen design. 

How we work in the kitchen is also changing. It’s starting to be a more collaborative effort with people converging to work together to create, or clean up after, a meal. “This means kitchens are not only growing bigger if space allows, but that we have to rethink the concept of the working triangle that’s based on one person working between the hob, fridge and sink. We have started to … create a more modular design with consistent sizing that allows you to place your products with many different combinations. Now it is possible, for example, to have a cool drawer for drinks by the dining table, a dish drawer dishwasher for the crockery by the sink, and one for glasses by the bar. The kitchen design concept is now about distributed appliances, allowing you to configure the kitchen to suit the way you live.”

The pioneering New Zealand spirit is one of the founding cornerstones of Fisher & Paykel. While they started as an importer and distributor of appliances, in the late 1930s they began designing and manufacturing their own range. Since then, the Dunedin-based company has been a leader in kitchen innovations, creating products that are now found in homes in 50 countries.