Fable Home is a Vancouver-based company that works directly with artisans in the Tagus Valley region of Portugal to create hand-finished ceramic dishware and stainless steel cutlery. Aside from the beautiful minimalist aesthetic, these pieces are also designed to be durable and functional. Everything is dishwasher, microwave, and oven-safe. If you’re looking to upgrade your dinnerware, read on for my Fable ceramics review.
- Fable Dinnerware Discount Code 2023: use MODERNMIXVANfor 10% off at checkout.
Fable Dinnerware Review
When we moved into our new home last year and wanted to replace our dinnerware, I did a LOT of research on what my options were. In general, it’s important to me that whatever I buy (be it clothing or home decor) is not only stylish but also versatile, functional, practical and durable. I pretty much looked into every major home store as a comparison, read hundreds of reviews, and Fable was what I concluded was the best option between quality and value.
Investing nearly $1,000 on dinnerware, we went big (go big or go home – oh wait, I’m already home) and purchased two sets of the Fable Dining Essentials, with speckled white ceramics and matte black flatware. Each Dining Essentials set included: dinner plates, salad plates, pasta bowls, and cereal bowls. Since my purchase, Fable has also introduced ceramic mugs, and added them to this bundle.
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Given our decision to buy eight place settings, we were optimistic at the time that the pandemic would soon be over, and we would eventually be able to safely entertain again. Even though that hasn’t quite happened yet, my husband and I, as a household of two, sometimes rotate through the entire stack of dishes in a single day (especially since we now eat almost all our meals at home) so we are definitely happy we purchase two sets instead of one. We both love the size of the dinner and salad plates, however, I find the pasta bowls too big and prefer to eat from the cereal bowls, while my husband is the opposite.
We also have the Fable Serving Set (large bowl and serving spoons, generously gifted to us from Fable) — which we use for salads, or nachos, or anything that’s meant to be shared.
Fable Flatware Review
I see a lot of people posting about Fable’s plates online, but it was actually their flatware that first caught my eye and introduced me to the brand! Not all flatware is made the same. I previously had a set of gold cutlery from West Elm but even with handwashing, the colour coating came off over time, which is gross because you could potentially be ingesting the coating. (Eventually, I stopped using them for food and only as a photo prop).
With Fable’s Flatware Set, the quality is excellent, made by a Portuguese family with a hundred years of experience producing cutlery. The material is 18/10 stainless steel — meaning it won’t rust —and is finished with a “PVD” fusing which increases the durability with no tarnishing or discolouration.
The flatware is a standard 20-piece set (4 x dinner fork, salad fork, large spoon, small spoon, and knife), and feels solid and sturdy. We’ve been using them daily and washing them in the dishwasher for nearly six months, and there has been no rusting or fading.
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Fable Home Wedding Registry Discount Code
Overall we are super happy with our Fable pieces as we love the minimalist look, sturdy feel, and easy care. In fact, we’ve loved our pieces so much, we started gifting Fable to other people for special occasions like weddings and house warmings. You can add Fable products to gift registries including: Zola, The Knot, and Amazon.
My sister-in-law did this for her wedding, and included my discount code “MODERNMIXVAN” in the notes so that her guests could save 10% off the gift.
With so much more time spent at home these days, we’re spending our dollars into home improvement pieces and upgrading on quality. For more information on Fable or to shop online, visit: fablehome.com.
Fable Dinnerware Discount Code 2023: use MODERNMIXVAN for 10% off at checkout.
This flatware looks amazing!
I was super excited for these.. But then I saw a sticker on one of my plates.. “Matceramica Portugal” I looked them up and low and behold.. It’s a mass production factory in Portugal. They even make the exact same dinnerware for Ikea..
So yeah.. Fable is obviously a dropshipper selling ikea at a huge markup cost.
I quickly returned them and bought myself a set of Ikea dinnerware and some fine dinning dinnerware that’s actually made in Canada.
Hi David, thank you for your note and feedback.
You’re 100% correct that we do partner with a ceramic creator in Portugal. While we don’t consider ourselves a drop-shipper, our partners in Portugal do create all of our pieces while we do the design work here in Canada. We warehouse the pieces in Burnaby, BC, and our warehouse team packs and ships out each package.
If you’re interested in learning more about our partners, we recently created a video about them – check it out here(https://bit.ly/3sX3NQj)!
We’re obviously very proud of our partners and our combined ability to bring great dinnerware to people’s homes. As always, feel free to send us an email(email@example.com) to learn more about our transparency.
Wishing you all the best,
Joe (CEO, Co-Founder)
This does not really explain why the cost diff between fable and ikea would be drastically different. Design cost is minimal whether you design it in NAM, Europe or elsewhere. The bulk of the cost is in production – labour rate costs in making ikea dinnerware and fable dinner would be the same. The question becomes is what is so diff from materials, the way ikea dinnerwares are made, etc. that would explain the significantly higher cost that is not solely “brand” cost.
Hi Sanjay, Thank you for your question. I can only speak from my own experience of why I upgraded my dinnerware to Fable. I wanted to support local and all of Fable’s collections are designed in Vancouver, BC. I also appreciated their work with family-owned and operated studios in Europe. Their ceramics are crafted in Central Portugal and their flatware in Northern Portugal, both by family-owned and operated partner companies. I have their glassware as well which is made in Japan by a company with glassmaking roots that stretch back more than 120 years. Previously I was using Costco glasses, and every single one of them broke within a year. I’m not sure on the specifics on production costs or margins, but as a customer I think the combination of aesthetic, quality and values of the company (which in combination form ‘the brand’) might persuade one to buy Fable over Ikea. They have a section on their website about how their products are made here: https://fablehome.co/pages/were-fable.
To learn more about how Fable’s products are made and the materials they use please visit their website, here.
I also just purchased $1500 worth of stuff from this company and it has been stuck in customs for over 6 days. Every time you try to reach the company it’s only by email and there’s no phone number which I find to be very strange. I don’t know how you would return any of this either because it would have to ship back through customs again if you live in the United States. So far I’m not impressed.
Hi Hayley, I reached out to the Fable team for you about this and it sounds like Fable’s COO Max spoke with you directly this week and the issue has been resolved.
Are the dishes etc a matte finish. Don’t want glossy I am looking at the pink dishes
Hi Janet, Fable’s dinnerware is a semi-matte finish, with an unfinished bottom.