By Appointment: Fine Dining with Emilia Wickstead

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The designer shares her table design tips, future heirloom investments, and recipe for relaxation.

Emilia Wickstead Naples Porcelain Dinner Plate

€156
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Emilia Wickstead Naples Porcelain Dinner Plate

€156
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Lobmeyr Patrician Hand-Blown Crystal White Wine Glass

€136
Patrician Hand-Blown Crystal White Wine Glass

Lobmeyr Patrician Hand-Blown Crystal White Wine Glass

€136
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Emilia Wickstead Linen Floral Tablecloth

€355
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Emilia Wickstead Linen Floral Tablecloth

€355
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Emilia Wickstead Venice Crystal Wine Glass

€198
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Emilia Wickstead Venice Crystal Wine Glass

€198

Jarosinski & Vaugoin Coated Sterling Silver Small Jug

€445
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Jarosinski & Vaugoin Coated Sterling Silver Small Jug

€445

Emilia Wickstead Linen Floral Napkins (Set of 4)

€132
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Emilia Wickstead Linen Floral Napkins (Set of 4)

€132
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Zanetto Aquaris Silver-Plated Butter Dish

€164
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Zanetto Aquaris Silver-Plated Butter Dish

€164
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Emilia Wickstead Naples Porcelain Dinner Plate

€118
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Emilia Wickstead Naples Porcelain Dinner Plate

€118

Chiarugi 1952 Silver-Plated Brass Mini Salt and Pepper Mill (Set of 2)

€220
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Chiarugi 1952 Silver-Plated Brass Mini Salt and Pepper Mill (Set of 2)

€220

Emilia Wickstead Naples Porcelain Dessert Plate

€100
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Emilia Wickstead Naples Porcelain Dessert Plate

€100
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Emilia Wickstead Venice Crystal Water Glass

€198
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Emilia Wickstead Venice Crystal Water Glass

€198
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Emilia Wickstead Florence Silver-Plated Cutlery Set

€50 - €118
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Emilia Wickstead Florence Silver-Plated Cutlery Set

€50 - €118
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What are the quintessential ingredients for the perfect dinner-party ambience?

Number one is music – I always opt for a pre–made playlist – and number two, an excellent, fun, personality-full table of guests. I also love a private dining room, for the traditional aspect and intimacy of it.

What is the one thing you always include on your table? And why?

It has to be silver. I love what it gives to events, how it lends a dressed-up elegance and simplicity at the same time. Silver items are designed for life and created to stand the test of time, so you have this feeling of heritage on your table. It also feels very old world, which I love. If I’m allowed a second, it’s water served in wine glasses in quite an old–world table setting again. I love to do this at my table.

Your favourite dining-table objects that are guaranteed future heirlooms?

Silver cutlery designed for life springs to mind. The way that I‘ve designed mine means they are traditional, modern, they work for all ages and tablescapes, and they can be casual or formal.

Los Vasos de Agua Clara Tirol Hand-Painted Stemmed Glasses (Set of 6)

€435
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Los Vasos de Agua Clara Tirol Hand-Painted Stemmed Glasses (Set of 6)

€435
Lobmeyr - Wersin Hand-Blown Crystal Liqueuer Decanter - Clear - ABASK
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Lobmeyr Wersin Hand-Blown Crystal Liqueuer Decanter

€1,155
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Lobmeyr Wersin Hand-Blown Crystal Liqueuer Decanter

€1,155
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Antique and Vintage Mid-Century Sterling Silver Cigar Box with Match Striker and Ashtray

€2,530
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Antique and Vintage Mid-Century Sterling Silver Cigar Box with Match Striker and Ashtray

€2,530

Lobmeyr Patrician Hand-Blown Crystal Champagne Coupe

€150
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Lobmeyr Patrician Hand-Blown Crystal Champagne Coupe

€150
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You’re throwing a last-minute dinner, what is a quick win to creating a thoughtful tablescape?

Less is more when creating an impactful table. I use floral tablecloths with matching napkins and let them do the talking. I add plates in the same colour palette and then the food to top it off. It all combines into a very tasteful, timeless setting. I prefer an artfully coordinated table over a mismatched table, 100%.

Emilia Wickstead Linen Floral Tablecloth

€355
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Emilia Wickstead Linen Floral Tablecloth

€355
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Emilia Wickstead Linen Floral Placemats (Set of 4)

€132
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Emilia Wickstead Linen Floral Placemats (Set of 4)

€132
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Carlo Moretti Polaris Hand-Blown Murano Glass Small Vase

€89
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Carlo Moretti Polaris Hand-Blown Murano Glass Small Vase

€89

Emilia Wickstead Linen Floral Napkins (Set of 4)

€132
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Emilia Wickstead Linen Floral Napkins (Set of 4)

€132
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Which room do you spend the most time in and why?

It’s definitely my living room and I have two favourite ways to unwind there. One is sitting on my sofa with a cocktail in my hand speaking to friends and entertaining (I love a dirty martini and the best gift I could receive for that room would be a silver vintage cocktail shaker!). But I also like to spend time there with a cup of tea under an Emilia Wickstead blanket.

Lobmeyr Ambassador Hand-Blown Crystal Martini Glass

€160
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Lobmeyr Ambassador Hand-Blown Crystal Martini Glass

€160
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Rabitti 1969 Beta Leather Basket

€1,205
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Rabitti 1969 Beta Leather Basket

€1,205
Antique and Vintage - 1980s Atelier Borgila Sterling Silver Mocca Service Set - Silver - ABASK
Antique and Vintage - 1980s Atelier Borgila Sterling Silver Mocca Service Set - Silver - ABASK -

Antique and Vintage 1980s Atelier Borgila Sterling Silver Mocca Service Set

€2,605
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Antique and Vintage - 1980s Atelier Borgila Sterling Silver Mocca Service Set - Silver - ABASK -

Antique and Vintage 1980s Atelier Borgila Sterling Silver Mocca Service Set

€2,605
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Fornasetti Città di Carte Wood Playing Cards Box

€1,485
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Fornasetti Città di Carte Wood Playing Cards Box

€1,485
Antique and Vintage - Tall Cocktail Shaker - Silver - ABASK -
Antique and Vintage - Tall Cocktail Shaker - Silver - ABASK

Antique and Vintage Tall Cocktail Shaker

€2,080
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Antique and Vintage Tall Cocktail Shaker

€2,080
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Emilia Wickstead Linen Floral Cocktail Napkins (Set of 4)

€112
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Emilia Wickstead Linen Floral Cocktail Napkins (Set of 4)

€112

Jarosinski & Vaugoin Ball Sterling Silver Cocktail Picks (Set of 6)

€260
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Jarosinski & Vaugoin Ball Sterling Silver Cocktail Picks (Set of 6)

€260
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Wiener Silber Manufactur Silver-Plated Tray

€930
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Wiener Silber Manufactur Silver-Plated Tray

€930
Geoffrey Parker - Leather Dominoes Box - Brown - ABASK
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Geoffrey Parker Leather Dominoes Box

€805
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Geoffrey Parker Leather Dominoes Box

€805
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Jarosinski & Vaugoin Sterling Silver Bottle Coaster

€690
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Jarosinski & Vaugoin Sterling Silver Bottle Coaster

€690

Asprey Hanover Leather Medium Backgammon Set

€5,575
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Asprey Hanover Leather Medium Backgammon Set

€5,575
Brandimarte - Germana Sterling Silver Photo Frame -  - ABASK -
Germana Sterling Silver Photo Frame

Brandimarte Germana Sterling Silver Photo Frame

€280
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Germana Sterling Silver Photo Frame

Brandimarte Germana Sterling Silver Photo Frame

€280
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