Mikasa Bone China, Dinnerware, Flatware, Crystal, Stemware, Patterns Guide-Review
Mikasa is a relatively young brand: just above fifty years in the dinnerware, flatware, crystal, and dining accessories vast market make it the youngest among such veteran companies as Oneida, Pfaltzgraff, Noritake, and Lenox.
Mikasa joins the latter two brands in the high-end and luxury segment, offering fine bone china, embellished with 24K gold or platinum in some patterns; the company also takes pride in its crystal and glass products, stressing their high quality, aesthetic characteristics, and durability. To provide a complete range of dinnerware products, Mikasa also markets matching stainless steel flatware, linens and table cloths.
Some of the more popular porcelain patterns include: French and Italian Countryside, Arabella, Garden Harvest, Antique White, as well as Calvin Klein designed china, copper and precious metals ornamented patterns, and such contemporary&transitional layouts as versatile Swirl.
A broad range of stemware products: barware, wine glasses, goblets, martini, highball, champaign flutes, beer glasses, and other types of glassware, transparent or colored – all organized according to Mikasa collections. Comparison to Lenox crystal is almost inevitable.
Home Decoration department ventures into wall art (specifically picture frames), candle holders, vases, desk clocks, figurines, and other miniature decorations that add fine touches to the household. The brand also offers art glass vases and bowls: contemporary in design and palette, they offset some of Mikasa more traditional and orthodox china.
Mikasa selection stands out for its particularly refined, tasteful compositions: decoration that not only reveals classic elegance, but also concepts and intent behind every ornament. If there's a colorful branch, it will appear as if descending naturally from the tree, pulled down slightly by the force of gravity; if there's a platinum border, it will correspond with the rest of the palette, be it light gray, white, or other.
Unlike Pfaltzgraff, which often opts to splash as much color as possible, or even the more reserved Lenox, Mikasa dinnerware leaves nothing to chance: the most festive, informal plates and bowls seem to emit an air of understated honor, of class that aims to transcend generations of owners. While such aesthetic is not to everyone's taste, many customers will always appreciate that particular atmospheric quality.
Round shaped plates are the most common architecture the brand choose for the porcelain products. Additional models comprise the more couture influences rounded squares, or other angular and geometrically inspired items.
In this series of reviews we will focus on the most prominent products Mikasa have to offer:
Dinnerware, including all types of plates (dinner, salad, bread), bowls, tea cups, mugs, saucers, tea and coffee pots and sets, platters, creamers, and other. Described either as fine or casual, this vast porcelain segment (over a thousand!) product titles contains regular china and bone china in traditional, transitional, and contemporary patterns.
Flatware/Silverware: like Pfaltzgraff, Mikasa market high-end Wallace, Towle and International Silver silverware besides their own stainless steel forks, knives, and spoons. Additional categories include Calvin Klein, plastic handle lines, and Hostess sets (gravy ladles, cake servers, butter knives, sugar spoons).
Crystal/Stemware continues the exquisite finesse of the traditionally decorated bone china using glass and crystal as base materials. Goblets, flutes, and glasses rise on slender architectured stems, the containers feature a bell, triangular, or floral blossom shape.
We dedicate two reviews to close examination of Mikasa patterns:
French/Italian Countryside, Arabella, Garden Harvest, Antique White: these are the established bestsellers, recognized for their timeless aesthetic. Reserved approach to color – Countryside china avoids it altogether, relying on texture for adornment – and symmetrical borders that relish symmetry and project immutable confidence and calm.
Calvin Klein, Cheers, Gold (24K), Platinum, and Swirl all constitute master collections that unite several departments under their roof; abstract and irregular compositions counterbalance the previously mentioned (more orthodox) layouts. Mikasa use real precious metals in their gilded and platinum adorned dinnerware.