The holidays are the time to break out the good stuff—and by good stuff, we mean the fine china. In many families, special occasions are the only time the fine china gets dusted off and put on display (no judgment). Whether you're a three-times-a-year user or you serve meals on your porcelain dishes on a daily basis, it's always nice to have some fancy dinnerware in your household if you can afford it. After all, you never know when you might want to impress an unexpected visitor or simply feel the urge to make a regular night in feel special.
As much as we love equestrian scenes and toile prints, we're eschewing the traditional when it comes to our plates today. Instead, we're setting our sites on modern fine china sets (that you'll be more likely to use on a regular basis). Think simple, minimalist designs, chic color schemes, and even dishwasher safe options.
Created by effortlessly cool designers like Vera Wang, Kelly Wearstler, and Kate Spade (just to name a few) there's dinnerware for every design taste. Keep reading to shop eight of our favorite modern china sets and get inspired to host a formal dinner party of your own.
Inspired by Florentine Architecture
This charming set of modern fine china features a border pattern comprised of powder blue and matte gold. Made in France, the porcelain pieces are meant to pay homage to the architecture of Florentine palaces.
Striking White and Gold
These white and gold pieces designed by Kelly Wearstler are about as modern as fine china gets. They feature a contemporary, cracked design that looks almost random. The settings would look striking against a solid white or black tablecloth.
Neo-Classic Black and White
A nod to neo-classic design, this black and white dinnerware from Royal Copenhagen marks the brand's foray into experimenting with the color scheme since it was founded back in 1775. For such a historic brand, this dining set—which was handmade in Denmark—feels entirely modern.
Vera Wang practically screams modern elegance, and this dinnerware collection is no exception. Not only is the design minimal and chic, but the pieces are also miraculously dishwasher safe.
Butterflies and Vines
This modern china set includes white pieces adorned with colorful butterflies and vines. The dinnerware is meant to represent flora and fauna in a modern, sophisticated way.
This minimalist set of fine bone china comes from Kate Spade. A thin, platinum trim is the only decorative feature of the otherwise solid white pieces.
A stunning dinnerware set, these modern plates, and bowls display a bold marble design with subtle hints color. Part of an exclusive collection, the porcelain set is even dishwasher and microwave safe.
Keep things simple with an all-white bone china set. What could be more modern than a minimalist, white tablescape?