MADHOUSE by Michael Aram Coral/Ocean Collection

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Why It's Cool: Outdoor dining just got a whole lot more stylish and a lot more green!

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The weather is finally warming up, and that brings thoughts of eating outdoors: whether it’s a picnic on the beach, a trip to the country, lunch in the park, an outdoor concert, or just a barbecue in your own backyard. And when you eat outdoors, you don’t necessarily want to schlep your china and flatware with you. But you don’t want to use a bunch of flimsy single-use stuff that just gets thrown away.

Well, there’s eating outdoors, and there’s EATING OUTDOORS; the difference is style (with a nod to the environment as well).

Picture yourself eating outdoors, with something way better than disposable paper or plastic plates that can collapse under heavy food, knowing that you’re not adding to the landfill, and looking cooler than cool with your Michael Aram designed dishwasher safe plates and flatware. And the best part is that these are really beautifully priced.

Michael Aram, the fabulous home decor designer who elevates life’s everyday moments so their natural beauty shines through, has worked primarily in metal, glass and china. But this year he’s turned his talents to outdoor dining with a collection called MADHOUSE (Michael Aram Design House), that is both beautiful and practical (a very Cool combination).

The Coral/Ocean Collection is evocative of nature, with the plates looking like sea urchins and the flatware and servers resembling branches of coral.

The MADHOUSE Ocean plates are lightweight, sturdy, microwave safe, and … wait for it … dishwasher safe! We had ours in the dishwasher for over a week, running every time we ran the dishwasher, and they look as good as when we first got them.

The MADHOUSE Coral flatware (fork, spoon and knife) are amazingly sturdy with good mouth feel (not like eating with those thin little plastic forks and spoons that break as soon as they meet something with substance - we’ve all had that  happen!) And, yes, these are also dishwasher safe.

The Coral/Ocean Collection also includes eye-popping Salad Servers that are as pretty to use as they are to give as a gift.

So get some for yourself and some more as gifts to make everyone’s outdoor eating just a little more special. Yes, these are truly Cool Tools.


  • Plates are made of SAN plastic and come in
    • 2 sizes: 7”/17.75cm and 10”/25.5cm, and
    • 2 colors: clear and translucent teal
  • Flatware (not microwave safe) is made of heavy duty plastic and come in 3 colors: opaque orange, opaque black, and opaque white
    • Fork and spoon: 7”/17.75cm long
    • Knife: 8.5”/21.5cm long
    • Salad Servers: 12”/30.5cm long
    • Napkins are a set of 16 luncheon sized: 12.8" X 12.7" (32.7cm C 32.3cm)
  • Dishwasher safe
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