brand crush : year & day
"Your table isn’t just about food. It’s about time. It’s where you nourish yourself, your friendships & your family. That's why it’s worth it to set a table you love.
Our mission at Year & Day is to make that easy for you. We researched what people actually use and want in their modern lives. Then we traveled the world to learn about the finest materials and the rich, storied traditions of crafting Ceramics, Glass, and Flatware. Along the way, we found partners in Italy and Portugal whose legacies we respected and who shared our commitment to environmental responsibility. Then we had a few Aperol Spritzes to celebrate."
Their ceramics are made in Portugal, where they've been crafting fine stoneware for centuries. They took elemental simplicity of earth, fire, and hands to shape their plates, bowls, and serving pieces.
From the mold to the kiln, their ceramics are crafted by skilled technicians proudly continuing their local legacy of artisan stoneware and masonry. An innovative, high-temperature method of firing ensures a vitrified glaze surface, which means consistent colors and durable, semi-matte finishes.
BONUS POINTS: Thier partner sources local clay, reuses clay waste, and uses a single-firing method that conserves energy and reduces greenhouse emissions. Looking good, feeling good.
Their flatware is made in a family-owned factory in Portugal whose production techniques meet every heritage mark of luxury, down to polishing each fork tine by hand (making it easier to stab each and every leaf—romaine, you've been warned).
Their forks and spoons are made of 18/10 stainless steel, which contains the highest amount of nickel for a shiny, luxe brilliance. The matte finishes are made from the same high-quality 18/10 stainless steel and then coated with eco-friendly, high-tech, high-purity compounds for serious sophistication.
Wait, there's more.
Their glass. Italy has long been perfecting the finer pleasures of life, so when it was time to research the craft of glassmaking, they headed straight for the heart of la dolce vita. The glassware production is led by a man whose family has been courting the white heat of the shop fire for over two hundred years. This generations-long artisan tradition results in the purest, most transparent glass (that's also durable enough for the dishwasher and your dance parties).
The wine glass stems may look delicate, but they've incorporated the latest innovations into the centuries-old art of glassmaking to be sure they're tough as nails. These perfect proportions are reinforced by a drawn stem so that they survive from the first mimosa to the last toast. The glass is free of lead and other heavy metals, and we don't use toxic chemicals in production. Cheers to that.
Year & Day's website even has a five step questionnaire that walks you through questions about your lifestyle that customizes an assortment and complete set for you. Everything you need and none of what you don't.