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Article: Rediscover the napkin ring

Rediscover the napkin ring

Tomète and the napkin ring

At the heart of Tomète, there is the desire to revisit the arts of the table, in order to re-enchant each of our meals, both daily and for great evenings.

In line with this approach, we particularly wanted to revisit a great classic of tableware, at first glance a little outdated, and yet so modern: the napkin ring.

Rise and disenchantment

If tableware appeared in the Renaissance, it was not until the 19th century that the napkin ring appeared.

The initial function of napkin rings is to allow each member of a family to recognize their napkin between two washes. They were also regularly personalized, so that everyone had their own napkin ring.

Initially used mainly by the bourgeoisie, its use spread in the 20th century. This popularization will end, however, with the lack of creative innovation and the rise of single-use pads (sic).

A flashback

The napkin ring is nevertheless confusingly modern in the light of the major environmental issues of the 21st century. This object, which helps to limit the number of machines and to abandon the use of disposable and polluting towels, deserved a blowback.

This is now the case, in particular thanks to the growing interest of designers for this small object with certain decorative resources.

The round Tomète jewel

At Tomète, we have chosen to revisit the napkin ring to make it a real "table jewel", made from wonderful glass beads, in order to accessorize your tables and napkins with style.

Beyond its aesthetic aspect, we wanted to keep its initial function, namely that of allowing each member of a household to recognize their towel. Thus, each of the 4 rounds offered in our sets of table jewelry are different.

Each one his jewel, each one his (beautiful) towel!