365 Objects Of Design

The Perfect Pasta Bowl

7th June 2017
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The search for the right crockery for The Mad House has been long and arduous. I know first world problems and all that but, as they say on Twitter,  #thestruggleisreal. Flippancy aside, trying to find a balance between the plates that I want – and then bizarrely – that HE wants too ( I know. Vexing)  that is married to a price that we both want has been tricky.

We have looked at handmade and factory made. At all shades from black and to white and back again. Then there was the deep, deep black that clashed with the black of the shelves. The white that was cold and old fashioned. The set that was £52 a plate. “But we need 12,” said The Mad Husband.

“Twelve,” I shrieked. We barely know 12 people, never mind agreeing to cook for all of them all at once.”

“You will break them,” he said. “We need spares.”

I had to concede on that one.


Then I found them. And they were the completely perfect set of plates in shades of grey. And really not a ridiculous price. But there was one tiny snag. The pasta bowls are yellow. I can’t really do yellow. It’s actually a lovely warm, golden yellow but it’s not going to work for me and my pasta. So we have quietly put those bowls to one side.

Which, I concede ( that’s twice in one post) make this set of plates rather more expensive than it might otherwise have been. But I adore the plates. And he likes them too. And the children approve. And frankly to paraphrase a well known credit card advert: Set of eight plates with bowls that can’t be used: £69. Full family approval: priceless.


So that is where we are. Except we have no pasta bowls. And this is a house that eats a lot of pasta. I say no bowls. We have the old ones. Which we don’t like. Which is what started this quest for the right crockery about two years ago.

pebble bowls from bleakhouse london

pebble bowls from bleakhouse london

And so the hunt is on again. And I have found these. By an Australian company called Mud and available at Bleakhouse.London in the UK. They come in milk and pink, which is the perfect colour to go with the plates – which are dark and pale grey (in case the pictures don’t show it up well). But they are £46 each. Although there’s no way we are ever going to cook pasta for 12 people at once. So we could have six? Maybe four if I promise never, ever to load the dishwasher or carry them from the table to the kitchen. That way I won’t break any. Sounds like a plan to me…

pebble bowl from bleakhouse.london

pebble bowl from bleakhouse.london


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      Hi Zak, these look amazing – why don’t you email me on kate at madaboutthehouse.com and we’ll talk…

  • Marcella 7th June 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Would love to see the his-choice vs her-choice, side by side comparison of crockery, paint choices, etc???

  • Annabel Bird 7th June 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Ahhh thank you so much for mentioning us! The Mud Australia pasta bowls are amazing. They are just the right size xxx

  • Zannah 7th June 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Mud are undoubtedly delightful, but worried about a potential child services issue, should said child touch, breath, interact in any way with £46 bowl…. just saying!

  • Kate woodley 7th June 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Mud bowls dont break !! Truesay! She began the range when she had a toddler 2o years ago and they needed to be ‘fit for purpose’

  • Eve 7th June 2017 at 10:16 am

    Specifically the marble range at bliss home might suit.

  • Eve 7th June 2017 at 10:13 am

    Bliss home have gorgeous pasta bowls. Lovely prints and they have a hand thrown style, so a little wonky and expensive looking but ok price.

  • Prisha 7th June 2017 at 9:36 am

    Hi Kate,

    How is Ikea Hotel?

    How funny I had this dilemma a few months ago (I am glad l’m not the only one) … the significant other only wanted boring white plates and pasta bowls…think that’s his OCD playing in! But I put my foot down and purchased navy blue noodle bowls and navy glass wear.

    Ps I’m a breaker too so have 12 and now struggling for space.

  • Sarah U’Ren 7th June 2017 at 7:29 am

    Nkuku – Love all their things

  • Tracey 7th June 2017 at 7:20 am

    Maybe check out habitat courbe pasta bowls in grey?

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