Sign of the times

The world of gastronomy is like a large mirror, reflecting significant societal issues and changes. Urbanisation, single society, travel, sustainability, veganism – current human experiences and aspirations influence the where, what and how of eating out – from the ambience to the culinary offering itself. With its diverse range of porcelain and other serving options, TAFELSTERN helps restaurateurs and hoteliers identify a contemporary response to these trends that will enhance their profile. Any gastronomic style can be achieved: whether the aim is surprising and stimulating, or relaxed and casual, or a more traditional, romantic setting.


Increasingly in modern society, friendship groups are taking the place of family and long-term relationship structures. What hasn’t changed is the desire for familiar closeness, love and security. And this has shifted over into the restaurant domain. Long tables and the revival of generous bowls and platters facilitate conviviality, social interaction and a shared delight in culinary treats.


All over the world, even at the most sophisticated venues, things have become much more laid back these days. Furniture, colour schemes and materials are no longer fully coordinated; instead items are mixed in a colourful manner to create a relaxed, intimate and highly individual, feel-good atmosphere. This is particularly appealing to a younger, urban clientele. And chefs are also opting for a more down-to-earth look when it comes to food styling. Dishes are arranged to avoid any impression of artifice or posturing. Everything should look as though it has landed in place by chance. The emphasis is on authentic cuisine and the choice of ingredients. In contrast to conventional fine dining, experimental cooking is eminently encouraged.


It’s hard to think of anything that has revolutionised the international food scene as much as the use of bowls. And we’re not just referring to the cute little bowls that are now firmly established as the new serving dishes in the sector. “Bowls” is also the generic term for the actual food presented in the bowl.

Often diners make their own selections, compiling the specific components depending on their own personal preference. The chef takes responsibility for creating an appetising composition – arranged according to texture, colour and harmonious flavour – served up in the comforting confines of a round porcelain. 

The content is just as important as its appearance. Particular attention is paid to the quality and origin of the ingredients. Health-conscious foodies want fresh, compatible ingredients that taste great and won’t automatically result in a food coma.


From black & white to multi-coloured, there are limitless possibilities in terms of colour and decorative patterns for porcelain. Influences from interior design and fashion also have an impact on the decorative design. Current trends include all-over decoration with striking effects to emphasise each restaurateur’s individual concept. Styles vary from handcrafted, rustic effects to refined, artistic flourishes in the high-end designs. A combination of different decorative styles is also popular with the Mix & Match table setting options.