Lenox China, Crystal, Dinnerware, Flatware, Patterns Full Guide-Review
Lenox is a universal and highly versatile tableware brand. It offers a broad range of kitchen and dining room solutions – all types of dinnerware, glassware, and serveware – and reaches out further, into homemaking and hosting spheres of jewelry, decorative figurines, general décor, wedding accessories, and Christmas ornaments.http://hubpages.com/hub/Noritake-Bone-China-White-Porcelain-Dinnerware-Patterns-Review-Casual-Formal-Elegant
In other words, stepping into a Lenox outlet, or browsing the company's selection on the official website, or such retailers as Amazon and eBay (both of which list thousands of items) means being able to completely equip the kitchen and dining room, starting from salt and pepper shakers, plates, and platters, and ending with bowls, pitchers, flutes, and crystal goblets. This gives the brand an important advantage over such names as Oneida and Noritake, each of which focus solely on either flatware or china.
Lenox is an American company, and its various designs display several unique American characteristics: simplicity and clarity of patterns, eclectic mix of motifs, oriental or European influenced besides strictly American inventions, and stress on high quality that will allow to pass the china from generation to generation and nurture family traditions.
Several Lenox porcelain collections are in use and on exhibition in the White House, and in museums in the United States.
Patterns include traditional (classic), which usually display formal and visually reserved embellishments, contemporary, which opt for more adventurous, playful, abstract, or geometrical designs, and transitional, a middle ground between traditional and modern aesthetic.
While the round shape stands out as the most often used, Lenox will occasionally employ square, rectangular, and otherwise less conventional geometry – a trend that became associated with various fusion cuisines, and has made many fans across the globe and North America.
China, bone china, crystal, stainless steel (18/0 grade or other) comprise the familiar fare of materials that has long become the standard in modern dinnerware. Separate fine porcelain collections features accents and precious metal decor: platinum and gold bands and patterns.
In jewelry Lenox employ more precious metals -- sterling silver and 14 karat gold – and gemstones, precious as well as semi-precious – topaz, amethyst, peridot, turquoise, malachite, marcasite, pearls, and various crystals.
In this series of reviews we focus on some of the most popular products Lenox have manufactured during the many years of its existence:
China (porcelain, patterns) – a general overview of the brand's essential selection, including plates of different sizes, cups, pots, bowls, creamers, and other types of china. Sets combining these items will receive a special attention due to their completist nature.
Crystal (stemware, fine crystal, barware) products comprise an important part of Lenox assortment, one which too often gets overlooked in favor of competition (Noritake, Mikasa, Pfaltzgraff, or Waterford). Not as varied as the porcelain department, it nevertheless presents in indispensable part of the dining experience Lenox aim to build for their customers.
Bowls and Vases, made from china and crystal respectively, rest aside from plates as larger, distributing containers that can accommodate liquids, important courses of a large meal, and such quintessential desserts as fruits, cookies, or pastry. Additionally, bowls and vases can function as decorative items beyond the kitchen and the dining room.
Plates and Platters provide large flat surfaces that can either host a single course of a meal, or a larger dish that can be later distributed by the hosts or the diners. Plates, naturally, constitute one of the cornerstones of china products; platters can hold bread, and other complimentary foods. Sizes vary from round, to square, and to oval.
Patterns and Collections review discusses some of the most familiar Lenox collections, including gold&platinum decorated, and all time favorites such as autumn, holiday, eternal, butterfly meadow, winter greetings, vintage jewel, solitaire, and others.
Flatware (and matching dinnerware) concludes the series: we discuss the stainless steel designs and metal-work, compare them to Oneida cutlery, and mention patterns that (as brand designers suggest) these forks, knives, and spoons compliment.