Padma debuted her new collection of porcelain and glassware. “I’ve always wanted to do china,” says Lakshmi, who has been designing jewelry for several years. Many of the motifs in the collection were based on traditional decorative forms, including rangoli, designs created in rice in the entrances of many Indian homes during Hindu festivals, and minakari, a highly detailed Persian enameling process.
Classic white dinnerware is enhanced by filigree patterns and fields of painterly flowers. Lakshmi notes that she and her design team carefully researched and chose flowers that grow together and that the collection features colors reflecting each of the four seasons.
Above all, Lakshmi wanted the line to be practical—but not boring. “I’m usually eating in bed out of a bowl, so I wanted something beautiful,” she says. Even if your dinner doesn’t quite measure up to the level of Lakshmi’s (she’s also the author of two bestselling cookbooks), it can still look stunning.
The Padma collection is available at Bloomingdale’s, with prices starting at $13. Click to see more of the Padma collection and images from Lakshmi’s cover story in the September/October AD Indian Edition.