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Corelle Shares Five Table Styling Tips to make you the Envy at Home and Online

Let's face it – entertaining at home is no longer just about your guests, it's also about sharing online what you love. So, you want to make sure not only your food but your table settings really impress.

Corelle, known for their super durable, easy to stack yet stylish tempered glass dinnerware, have released three new designs, Modena, Dalena and Florentia – three unique styles to suit every foodie's taste. More than 2,000 patterns have been designed since the 1970s when Corelle was first launched into Australian homes.

Here, Corelle's Vice President of Global Design Tania Aldous shares her five key tips for choosing and styling your tableware.

Throw the rule book out "It's so much more fun mixing and matching patterns and shapes today for casual dining. Many patterns can be blended together on one table, or mixed with white ware," says Ms Aldous, an industrial designer who grew up in Australia and now works in the US.

"I particularly love starting with plain white table settings using different shapes, squares and rounds on the one table, then bringing in other patterns for bread and butter plates, serving bowls and accessories. I also love to put two table settings together and mix with vintage finds of the same colour as the patterns."

Pick a theme, colour family or occasion

For a contemporary feel you may wish to choose a geometric design such as Corelle's new look Modena (pictured right), inspired by natural fractals and angular contemporary elements or a particular colour. "I love Modena's geometric design paired with soft pink or peach colours and natural materials such as linen to juxtapose the angular lines with softer elements," says Ms Aldous.

"It's easy to mix and match when you have a theme in mind, then other accessories can be added such as serviettes or glassware."

Say it with flowers


"Flowers say welcome and any flowers will dress a table, even a simple garden posy makes a meal special," says Ms Aldous. "While I love bright flowers, especially peonies, I'm particularly keen on succulents as table decorations for their subtle colour and intriguing shapes.

"Or you can just choose tableware with a floral pattern.

"Corelle's Dalena pattern was inspired by a trend we called "Ethereal", a dreamlike, watery floral on a contemporary shape. We love flowers at Corelle, we're always exploring new ways to capture their beauty, and this design celebrates the mystery of flowers in ever popular blues and aqua colours."

Invest in different tablecloths or table runners

"At a pinch, a long centre table runner of brown paper, or even colourful wrapping paper can be used to set the mood of the table for a special themed dinner," says Ms Aldous. "It can also be rolled up later and recycled."

"Corelle's Florentia design is inspired by travels through Spain with its classic navy colours and is perfectly paired with strong, bright coloured tablecloths and contrasting serviettes, or it can bring sophistication to outdoor dining when the setting is paired with washed natural linens, oversized Sangria pitchers and weathered cutlery."

Choose an unusual centre piece

"You can use something from another part of the house or even use holiday travel souvenirs and build a setting around them for a special occasion," says Ms Aldous.

"Travel finds paired with vintage silverware can become conversation starters for beautiful meals shared with friends."
The new Corelle dinnerware designs are available through Big W nationally.

Modena 16-piece dinner set RRP $59 Dalena 16-piece dinner set RRP $89 Florentia 16-piece dinner set RRP $59 *some individual plates and bowls sold separately

Tania Aldous is the Vice President of Global Design for Corelle Brands in the US, which produces table and kitchenware including Corelle, CorningWare and Pyrex. Ms Aldous grew up in Australia and trained as an industrial designer with a keen interest in the interplay between form and patterns, which is a match made in heaven for tabletop design. Prior to working for Corelle Brands, Ms Aldous was leading the US design team for KitchenAid and Whirlpool. Moving to Corelle Brands was an opportunity to explore new territories in colour, design and decoration with a portfolio of leading housewares brands, and to work on products that have a unique expression and personal connection with food.

Ultra-durable, ultra-light Corelle dishware made its pioneering debut in the kitchen in the early 1970s. For more than four decades, inspired cooks have been using it to make a statement about how much they care about the people they serve " even when it's a Tuesday night dinner at home.

There's an underlying story behind the most popular brand of dinnerware. It's the revolutionary material that it's made of, a special three-layer glass laminate called Vitrelle glass, initially intended for living rooms as part of first-generation TV screens in the 1940s.

Corning recognised the practical qualities of Vitrelle glass when they created the Corelle brand " its light weight and combination of thinness and strength were sure to be appreciated by households. Yes, it's durable, but Corelle dinnerware has earned a reputation as a premium product because of its in-touch style and design.

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