Top homewares designer Sarah Ward from the Posh Trading Company has thought ‘inside the box’ for dinner parties with her new, handcrafted coasters and placemats that show off the artistry on the plate with a work of art on your dining table.
The award-winning interior designer’s signature Matbox® consists of three serving mats, eight placemats and eight double coasters; encased in either a beautiful lacquered or crystal clear acrylic box.
The unique statement pieces take up to 40 precise steps to complete, and over four stages of production, so no two pieces are ever the same. Each coaster and placemat is painstakingly painted up to 10 times, gilded with silver leaf, varnished and then polished to a mirror shine.
Functional but fabulous, the Matbox® combines old world mastery with clean modern design, using lacquering techniques developed by the Shang Dynasty in 600 BC but offering stylish practicality. How many times have you used two coasters side by side, for example, when one double coaster would do the job so much better?
Coming in a silver leaf or lacquer finish, in gold, silver, stormy sky, blue and rose gold – with the option of eggshell inserts and bespoke Shagreen finishes – the Matbox® makes the perfect wedding or anniversary gift.
“I searched endlessly for stylish tableware and if anything came close (it rarely did), there was no way to elegantly store it when not in use,” says Sarah. “So I took matters into my own hands and sought out the best suppliers and crafts people, and created a range befitting fine homes and fine dining.”
The full Matbox® range is available via poshtradingcompany.com and the Rose Gold colour can be found exclusively in Harrods.