The first rays of spring sun are getting stronger, and so too is our appetite for socialising. Surely that alone is worth a dinner party? Nothing fancy – good friends, good food and good design. The first two are up to you, but we have you covered on good design. Check out Scan Magazine’s five dinner party must-haves to create a beautiful atmosphere.

Champagne saucers – better known as coupes – rose to prominence in the 20th century and have become perennial signifiers of boozy opulence. The shape suits rounder, more complex styles of wine: the shallow bowl prevents excessive production of bubbles, while the large surface area allows aroma and flavour to develop. fermLIVING’s charming, rippled set are mouth-blown and have all the vintage romance of high-society parties gone-by. Here’s looking at you, kid.

We Love This: March 2022

Broste Copenhagen Limfjord plate, €21

With two interior-design releases a year, Broste Copenhagen’s collections tread the line between tradition and trends. Their range of artistic homewares are novel without being kitsch. The Limfjord Plate – named after the eponymous Danish waters famed for shrimp and oysters – has an elegant organic form and neutral glaze that complements any table setting.

We Love This: March 2022

Cooee Swoop candlestick, €58

Småland-based Cooee started as a jewellery label in 2005. After expanding into home accessories ten years later, it’s now one of Scandinavia’s most lusted-after new names in interior design. Because the Swoop brass candlestick, designed by Norwegian architect Hans-Christian Bauer, elevates the candle, it avoids the often heavy and unwieldy aesthetic of table lighting. Swoop is quietly beautiful and can sit non-invasively amongst plates and wine glasses.

We Love This: March 2022

Georg Jensen HK pitcher, €230

Would a Scandi dinner party be complete without some Georg Jensen bling? Denmark’s hallowed silverware label needs no branding and little introduction. The Bottega Veneta of tableware, its unmistakeable curves betray it immediately. “Is that a Georg Jensen?” your guests will ask. “Yes – a Henning Koppel,” you’ll reply. The Danish artist, Koppel, collaborated with Georg Jensen in 1945 for almost 40 years, and his masterful designs – like the HK Pitcher – continue to enchant.

We Love This: March 2022

Himla tablecloth, €129

Scandinavian textile label Himla swears by linen. “It creates fascinating contrasts: rough and smooth, airy and rugged,” they explain. The tablecloths from the Sunshine range are finely woven and washed for a soft feel. Giving a relaxed impression, the fabric can be dressed up or down according to the occasion. What’s more, they’re easy-care so spilt wine is a non-issue. A broad range of colours is available, but this exquisite sage green gives rustic, late-summer gathering vibes and is the perfect canvas for a splash of decoration.

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