Top 5 tableware designs to upgrade your mundane dinner table

At Yanko Design, we believe in constantly innovating, creating, and evolving. It’s a philosophy that serves as a lifeline for us, and one of the results of this lifeline is the YD x KeyShot Inspiration Hub! The Inspiration Hub is our ‘ever-expanding encyclopedia’ of design work for you to participate in, to inspire designers, and to get inspired by. Created in collaboration with KeyShot, the Inspiration Hub is your one-stop space for inspiration where designers like you can submit your impressive designs and be awarded to stand out in the crowd and to inspire other like-minded designers.

To kickstart your journey and send some motivation your way, we’ve curated some of our favorite tableware designs from the Inspiration Hub. These unique tableware designs will motivate you to create something spectacular and submit the design, as a gateway to sharing it with the best of the design world. Additionally, we will also be picking our favorite Design of the Week, Design of the Month, and Design of the Year – every week, month, and year from the submissions on the Inspiration Hub. Keep an eye on our Instagram page and the Inspiration Hub to see if your design gets picked. Fingers crossed!

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1. The Oku Knife

Designed by Kathleen Reilly, the Oku Knife was inspired by Japanese table settings and features a unique handle that folds at 90 degrees from its blade. The innovative folded shape of the knife allows the handle to be placed on a surface, with the blade sitting perpendicularly away from that particular surface. You can even rest the knife’s blade along the edge of a cutting board or plate.

2. Joseph Joseph Salad Bowl & Servers Set

Element Studio and Joseph Joseph teamed up to create this minimal salad bowl and servers set. This smart space-saving design allows both products to be integrated into one convenient product, while harmoniously unifying form and functionality. It is quite pleasing to look at and also occupies minimum space on your dinner table and kitchen drawers.

3. Brunetti’s Ceramic Mugs

Designed by Frank Brunetti, these ceramic mugs are truly a beauty to look at! He opted for a full matte monochrome appearance, complemented by a touch of glossiness on the edge. He envisioned the mug in a wide array of vibrant color options, so they look like a wholesome and colorful pack of mugs when placed together. These would truly be a vision of your dinner table.

4. Wasteware

Viennese designer, Barbara Gollackner collaborated with Australian chef and restaurant owner Martin Kilga to create the ‘Wasteware’ collection, a range of tableware made using leftover food! The duo created a collection of bowls, plates, and cutlery using industrial and personal food waste. To bring the interesting tableware items to life, the studio utilized food waste such as pork skin, and old bread – from personal and industrial waste.


Designed by Mirko Romanelli, the NEST is a minimalist black and white salt and pepper shaker that draws inspiration from a bird’s nest. The shaker design was built using marble, providing it with a sophisticated yet sturdy identity. “The nest envelops, houses. and protects the egg inside. The aim is to work with marble through simple and geometric shapes such as the sphere and the toroid, enhancing the material aspect of marble and offering the user a product that gives great flexibility of use,” said Romanelli.

Click here to Download KeyShot Pro (Use Code ‘KSYANKOHUB’ during installation for a full Pro + KeyShotWeb trial) to start creating your own design and submit the design to us to get featured on the Inspiration Hub and the Yanko Design Instagram Page.