Sambonet

Every food photographer or stylist will know that the plates and cutlery pictured in the shot are just as important as food being photogenic. Needless to say, I am slowing building up a collection of bowls, spoons, cups and saucers found all over the world.

Sambonet

Sambonet offers elegant cutlery for every occasion, and they look great in big flat lay shoots! This well-known Italian brand has been making silver and stainless steel flatware since 1856. Over the years they have won numerous awards including the Compasso D’Oro ADI, Red Dot and GOOD Design Award. The different collections evoke different styles, modern and contemporary or more classical. Every piece is carefully crafted with functionality and aesthetics in mind.

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Along with the more traditional sets of cutlery Sambonet have some other ranges which will add extra personality and fun to your dinner table.

Vintage – The lovely vintage collection is a tribute to Sambonet’s great and iconic design projects from over the years. It uses a special craftsman finishing technique on the surface of the stainless steel flatware. Through a series of industrial scraping processes, surfaces assume an original and intentionally “worn out” effect, introducing a new and unusual ambiance at the table and a new trend for contemporary interior design.

PVD – ‘Physical Vapour Deposition’ is a technique which alters the colours and shades of valuable objects by evaporating the metal particles in a vacuum chamber. This special treatment hardens the steel and optimises its resistance to rubbing corrosion whilst also preventing rust. This process generates the Black, Copper, Gold and Champagne Sambonet cutlery.

Antique – An ‘antique’ look is extremely popular at the moment and Sambonet have the perfect collection to suit your retro dinner table needs. The “Antique” finishing is characterised by the matt appearance of the stainless steel, which is created by high pressure ceramics sandblasting treatment which defines the final surface effect.

Sambonet

My favourite style is the Vintage PVD and I would love to include the gorgeous brushed copper set in my foodie flat lays. There are two consecutive processes which have to happen to create this unique tone and texture, a beautiful set of cutlery which would complement any table set-up.

More information about the Sambonet products here.

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Sambonet.

The Poli House Hotel, Tel Aviv

If you have chosen to have a brief but action-packed weekend break in Tel Aviv you will need a hotel which is central and accessible. The Poli House is the ideal choice, located within the Polishuk House overlooking Magen David Square, just a 2-minute walk from the popular Carmel Market.

Poli House

The Poli House is part of the Brown Hotels Collection which has several upmarket hotels in Tel Aviv. Designed by Karim Rasid this hotel is ultra modern, a minimalist white Bauhaus property which has been beautifully restored. Inside, the fun and futuristic details transport you away from the bustling streets outside to a calm and cool environment.

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The Poli House boasts 40 trendy bedrooms and suites created exclusively by Karim Rashid. Our room was petite but comfortable, with a large bed and small desk area. Everything was decorated in bright white with accents of colour and pattern. Our bathroom was tiny, kitted out with a shower, sink and toilet, lovely dressing gowns and the hotel’s own brand toiletries.

Each room includes a laptop-sized safe, in-room work desk, complimentary Wi-Fi, LED TV and soundsystem.

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The rooftop pool is one of the hotel’s most popular features with panoramic views of the city and the sea. Guests can enjoy a cocktail from the bar whilst relaxing in a comfy cabana or sunbathing on the deck.

Poli House

Breakfast is served downstairs in a quiet leafy sanctuary. We opted for a dish of the traditional and wholesome Shakshuka, along with a fruit salad with yoghurt, fresh orange juice and strong coffee.

Ideally located in the centre of town and surrounded by some of the cities best food vendors, Poli House is a stylish and convenient place to stay in Tel Aviv, the ideal urban escape.

More information and book a room at Poli House here.

Florentin House, Tel Aviv

Florentin House is a stylish modern hostel in the hip Florentin area of Tel Aviv. This lively part of the city is filled with bars, galleries and independent designer stores, and the streets have a fun friendly vibe. Florentin House stands out in the street, and the contemporary structure demands attention as you walk past.

Florentin House, Tel Aviv

Inside, a 24-hour front desk helps with check-ins and can assist you with all your city needs. When we arrived, laden with bags and tired from the flight, the kind receptionist got out a map and marked down any points of interest or good nearby restaurants.

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There are an assortment of rooms on offer at Florentin House, shared dorms and private doubles. We were in a lovely spacious private room on the top floor, overlooking the busy streets below. The room was decorated in pristine white with minimalist details. There was a large double bed, ample wardrobe space and a luxe bathroom with bath-shower complex. I loved how much light flooded in from the large windows, which made the room a great place to read and spend time during the day. There were also plenty of plug points, which was very convenient for a camera-reliant traveller like me. The room felt brand new, definitely far more comfortable and stylish than most hostels I have stayed in.

Florentin House, Tel Aviv

There are room sizes to cater to every group size, or if you are looking for something a bit indulgent, there is a beautiful rooftop suite with a terrace & sun loungers, King-size bed and Nespresso machine.

Florentin House, Tel Aviv

Florentin House doesn’t have a restaurant or breakfast facilities but there is a small kitchen space and gallery next door where guests can store their food and relax.

The hostel has a great arrangement with several local cafes, where guests are invited to enjoy breakfast. Hungry after a restful night’s sleep we gorged on vegan pastries and milky coffee before going out to explore the city.

More information and book a room at Florentin House here.