ELLE Editors Debate: The Bowl Movement

Move over plates, your days are done


Curved crockery is having a moment - new statistics from trend predictors WGSN show that bowl sales are up 40% over the humble plate.


This news excites the pasta, and pudding, fans amongst us. But for those that like the finer, more formal, things in life – prepare for their disgust.

Here the ELLE Editors discuss the positives, and many negatives, of the bowl.

Kenya Hunt, Fashion Features Director

'I love a bowl! The bowl is more pleasing to the eye than a plate, which I find to be quite dull in its flatness. I also like that the bowl is woman enough to handle loads of things all at once without any spillage.'


Lotte Jeffs, Deputy Editor

'The bowl is the Geri Halliwell of crockery. Naff but aspirational - a depressing combination. I can't stand the phrase 'bowl food' when used to describe catering at parties. Are we Dickensian orphans queuing for gruel? Or are we fashionable adults? I do not want to be at a party full of people shovelling bowl food into their mouths. It's very déclassé. Anyone civilised would just go for dinner afterwards. Don't get me started on the edible taco bowl. I am grateful that I will never be so hungry that I need to eat my kitchenware and I don't intend to start in Wahaca thank you very much. The only thing I enjoy from a bowl is cereal. A white bone china vessel that comes down from my cupboard in the early morning and then doesn't bother me again all day. My bowls know their place.'

Lena de Casparis. Culture Director

'I ADORE my collection of bowls - from large speckled salad ones, to tiny bone china salt dishes. Curved crockery is some of the most beautiful items my home has to offer. You'll find them on my 50s sideboard to hold my keys, on my kitchen table for fruit, and I even enjoy my coffee out of one on weekends, just like the French. Viva La Bowl. '

Sunil Makan, Picture Editor

'Rice. Pasta. Risotto. Footed. Salad. Pudding. All prefixes to the word bowl. All equally important. If you couldn't tell, I love a bowl. Recently purchased some great porcelain footed pasta bowls from the Conran shop. The diameter is around 20cm, they have a good solid base and are just the perfect height so at the moment they are being used for most things. Don't get me wrong, there is a time and place for a plate. I mean you're not exactly going to have the best roast dinner experience in a bowl – we're not animals.'

Harriet Stewart, Shopping Editor

'It all comes down to the shape of your bowl. A curved dish can entirely beautiful, but anything too upright reminds me of a students eating spaghetti and ketchup, and is frankly quite feral.'

Natasha Bird, Digital Editor

'Fittingly, I think I am probably the Geri Halliwell to Lotte Jeffs' more sophisticated pop-star! I'm a slumming it on the sofa in front of Netflix, as opposed to a proper sit-down dinner kind of gal, so a bowl decreases the chances of my sloshing salad dressing or bolognaise sauce all over my invariably white t-shirts. On a side note, I actually really like the aesthetic value of a bowl. I like to cup my hands around its form, and to know that nothing in it will escape my spoon or fork and I'm happy in the knowledge that it makes it much harder for greedy pals to pinch my food. Bowls for the win!'

Pictures: @SuiteOneStudio

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