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November 12, 2013
As Thanksgiving approaches at the end of the month, we've got table settings on the brain. Here we've picked four stellar dining rooms from the Dwell archives and supplemented with product picks on how to get the looks.
Miller house interior round dinning room table

The ne plus ultra of Thanksgiving-appropriate dining rooms is the one in Eero Saarinen's Miller House, designed by Alexander Girard. (Fun fact: The resident lady of the house had her church sewing circle embroider the Girard-designed, monogrammed needlepoint seat cushions!) A custom Saarinen-designed marble-and-terrazzo table is ringed by Tulip chairs; overhead is a Venini chandelier. Photo by Leslie Williamson.

Originally appeared in Table Manners
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warm-toned modern metal flatware

Even without a gilded Italian chandelier or custom marble table, you can reference the Millers' impeccable taste for Thanksgiving dinner. Gilded flatware in a modern, brushed finish is all the rage, like this design from Cutipol. See here for four more modern place settings.

Originally appeared in 5 New Modern Cutlery Picks
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Helsinki fine finnish dining chairs

A pair of crafty Finnish designers on a budget show how to set a different kind of Thanksgiving table: a motley set of dining chairs over a coordinated set, that way guests can pick their favorite when they sit. Photo by Petra Bindel.

Originally appeared in Musical Chairs
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Hay Colour Glass

For a similar Scandinavian touch, go with something like this streamlined but colorful glassware by Scholten & Baijings for HAY. The Colour Glass collection includes high and low water glasses, a red wine glass, a white wine glass, a champagne glass and a carafe. 

Originally appeared in Fun and Funky Modern Tableware
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cape town penthouse interior dining room

Create a luxe feeling space, even within view of the kitchen. In this Cape Town apartment, a custom chrome dining table from interior architects Cécile & Boyd’s is topped with a reflective piece of smoky gray glass and paired with Beatrice chairs from Poltrona Frau. Overhead, the shape of the Non Random pendant lights by Bertjan Pot for Moooi echo artist Rowan Smith’s Mirror Ball painting. Photo by Elsa Young.

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Originally appeared in A Sophisticated Penthouse in Cape Town
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As for table linens, why not go with actual linen? The raw look is more polished when trimmed in contrast stitching, like these tabletop pieces by Commune Design in Los Angeles

Originally appeared in Table Linens by Commune Design
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Dining room with table from CB@, chairs from Danish Modern L.A, and lamp from A+R.

And setting a table, or dining room arrangement, doesn't have to be fussy. Five simple pieces define this dining room in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, blends vintage finds and affordable pieces with some design classics, mostly found by scouring second-hand shops and eBay. Photo by Floto + Warner.

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Originally appeared in The Modern Renovated Home of Glee Star Jayma Mays
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Portrait of Hansen Rich

Keeping in mind that today's dining table needs to be multifunctional (as likely to host the sending ofemails as the serving of entrees), here are five expert-approved designs that can be set for anything.

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Originally appeared in Designer Rich Hansen reviews five dining tables
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Miller house interior round dinning room table

The ne plus ultra of Thanksgiving-appropriate dining rooms is the one in Eero Saarinen's Miller House, designed by Alexander Girard. (Fun fact: The resident lady of the house had her church sewing circle embroider the Girard-designed, monogrammed needlepoint seat cushions!) A custom Saarinen-designed marble-and-terrazzo table is ringed by Tulip chairs; overhead is a Venini chandelier. Photo by Leslie Williamson.

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