From presenting Insta-worthy spreads of food to sorting your botanicals atop your coffee table, the demand for decorative trays has never been greater. From rattan to resin, the selection is varied and way too beautiful to eat your Saturday night takeaway on. If you’re looking for the ultimate finishing touch to your living room, kitchen or bathroom, then look no further… 

Undeniably the humble tray was a thing of perfect functionality: to carry items from one room to another; to serve cocktails and, especially in the 1950s aka the golden age of television, to enjoy your evening meal on while watching your favourite show. Fast forward to our design-obsessed decade and it’s become the interior designer’s essential final flourish. 

Instagram is a continuous scroll of scented candles and magazines neatly collated on lacquer trays or picture-perfect perfume bottles arranged on gold-trimmed glass. Plus, thanks to TikTok, the #FoodTrayTrend has surpassed 307 million and is still counting. So, unsurprisingly, designers have rushed to turn the so-called humble tray into a thing of beauty or an objet d’art. The Lacquer Company has collaborated with numerous artists and creators including Rita Konig, John Derian and Suzanne Sharp Castello, while Les Ottomans produces pieces that are quite simply small masterpieces. 

Prepare to upgrade your home with our edit of the best decorative trays…

Amara ULTRA Chevron Tray
RITA KONIG FOR THE LACQUER COMPANY

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