I’ve always liked nice tableware. When I was a kid, I was fascinated by the beautiful ivory-handled fish knives that lived in a special case in the china cabinet. We never used them, so they seemed mysterious and hallowed. When I got married, the selection of the just-right silverware was highly important. While I still love my set with the stylized shell on the handle and polish them up for special occasions, sometimes tableware needs to be a bit more, well, fun.
If you agree, you’ll love Sabre, a French company with nine boutiques, three of which are in Paris, and an on-line presence as well. I love to stop in their location on 4, rue des Quatre Vents (I love that name – Street of the Four Winds) just around the corner from my favorite café. Francis Gelb was trained in traditional silver-smithing, but then he realized the demand for beautiful cutlery for everyday use. For seventeen years, the company has specialized in tableware that makes you smile. Who wouldn’t love a knife with a polka-dotted handle in blue and white or a fork with a red and white gingham pattern? You can buy a set that completely matches, or choose different patterns in the same colors, or the same pattern in a different color for each piece. They’ve expanded the line to include matching (or coordinating) dishes and linens. Best of all, everything is easy care. No silver polishing cloth required.
Sabre is all about les arts de la table (layz ahr duh lah tabluh), which means “the arts of the table.” It’s so much nicer to think of setting the table for dinner as an artistic venture, rather than just a functional task, isn’t it? I think that’s one of the distinctions that make the French so special.
- Les Éditeurs (onequalitythefinest.com)