Saturday, December 11, 2010

Swedish table ware with a Portugese twist..

A few days ago I saw an image over at sweet Kellie Collis' Ada & Darcy that reminded me to post about one of my favourite Swedish table ware companies - 'Mateus'. In fact I  even promised I would post about them in a post I did last year (HERE) ...So here we go..without further delay... :)

The Mateus products are (in my book) the perfect marriage between 'Swedish design' and 'Portugese craftsmanship'. And all pieces are hand made by skilled artisans, giving them a unique and personal touch - both in the slight imperfect clay-work and the colour application.

Apart from the obvious high quality and rustic uniqueness, what I love the most about Mateus are the amazing rich colours, wonderul shapes & textured patterns. They are fun yet elegant, and lend themselves to some playful mix 'n' matching & creativity.

New to me is their 'Shining Collection' and I would love to use this range for a New Years party. They would look wonderful in a mix with some rough untreated wood.. Perhaps set the plates directly on to a table made of rustic reclaimed timber with white table linen, good crystal and lots of candles..? I'd like that contrast.

Though Mateus is a little pricey, they are definitely worth the investment, and I am looking forward to growing my collection when I return to Sweden in 2011. In the meantime, all I can do is to ask you to join me as I drool over the fabulous inspiration on their website..

Images edited by Charlotta Ward via Mateus

xx Charlotta

For Donna & her mother..



mydesignchic said...

The gold china is perfectly it!!

Sarah Klassen said...

very inspiring indeed! I love the images -- they are lovely, and the pieces are just beautiful... I cannot choose a favorite.

hope you have a fabulous weekend*


Sarah B said...

SO interesting! The purple is very nice, as are those beautifulyy styled photos :)

Christina @ greige said...


So Pretty! I love it- I have a weakness for dishes!

I hope all is well with you.. Happy Holidays!

Leah said...

OH my goodness these are gorgeous!


tinajo said...


I´ve never been able to set a table in such a gorgeous way, I just kind of throw everything together and hope for the best. I´d like to have a dinner where I actually have thought everything through - for once..! :-D

Francine Gardner said...

The photography is just stunning!!

anita @ a dreamer's den said...

Gorgeous!! That purple is amazing.

Tina said...

Hi Dear!
Ja, det här porslinet har man ju gått och spanat på mååånga gånger. FUnderbart i färg och form! Intressant att få veta lite mer om Kollektionen! Had no idea!
Hoppas du har en härlig Söndag!

Urban Style Vibes said...

Wow Charlotta, great inspiration. As always!!! Thanks for sharing. My Mr is Portugese from origin so he will also love this I guess;-)


Lise M.

shari @ little blue deer said...

Breathtaking, and I love the way they have grouped the color shots! XX!

desde my ventana said...

Wonderful Charlotte!!! I love the pieces and the atmosphere of all beautiful ambientes.Great post,

pretty pink tulips said...

Truly inspired!!
xo elizabeth

Fer said...

Lovely pictures of your daughters party, life is made of this moments.
I did like to see a different picture of you.
Yesterday we went to see a St Lucia mass ,I thought of you...small world.

Happy Holidays!!


Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

The color on these is amazing! I'm especially loving the gray ones!

xo Mary Jo

Lumo said...

I have always though Mateus is a Portuguese brand, didn't realize the Swedish design! I have had some of their plates, love the colours and shapes.

Stacey said...

Wow! I love the colours, tablescaping, everything! Stunning post dearest Charlotta!. Love your new profile pic too:-) XX

Barbara Palmisano said...

wonderful images!

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