Love at first sight — it doesn’t happen very often, but this week, as soon as I walked into À table tout le monde, I fell head over heels with this magnificent design boutique that showcases china, dinnerware and the art of setting a beautiful table…
I discovered the German brand Blohmgumm, makers of fine porcelain and china. Is it possible to lose your mind and rhapsodize over bowls and plates? Yes, it is! See for yourself in my slideshow.
In fact the Blohmgumm porcelain ware was not the only thing that caught my eye and took my breath away. All the other gorgeous things in the store with their sophisticated, unique designs, appealed to me. There were a lot of ceramics imported from Japan, in addition to porcelain, lacquered wood and hand-blown glass.
This boutique brings together the art of cooking and design, in that everything is beautifully made, like an art object, but they’re also fully functional. Nothing in the store could be dismissed as merely decorative, useless knick-knacks or dust catchers. In a similar vein, there’s another lovely boutique in Outremont called Les Touilleurs, which sells everything you could possibly need to cook with, while À table tout le monde is devoted entirely to tableware.
The owner, Claire Renaud told me that she likes to offer dinnerware for all wallet sizes and budgets. “I offer a wide range of prices, from $7 to $700, but about half the merchandise is priced under $50.”
So, there you go, it’s a reasonable indulgence. Blohmgumm porcelain, Louise Bousquet dishes, as well as Muvautralia jugs are definitely at the top of my Christmas list.
Insider tip: The best-seller at À table tout le monde is a cutlery set from Portugal with resin handles that are also dishwasher-safe. Who said beautiful things can’t be practical as well?
361 St. Paul W., Montreal, QC, H2Y 2A7, Tel: 514 750-0311
Open Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.