Cut above: Alessi collection


Formal dining is a cutlery conundrum. Which fork to use next? Why are there five ornate spoons? Who snatched the bread knife? Before you break out in a sweat, try making it through the meal with Alessi’s collection by Dutch architect Wiel Arets, responsible for the Academy of Arts and Architecture in Maastricht. Now working on a smaller scale, his sleek stainless-steel set can be stacked together in a streamlined bundle, so you can pile in order of use. Phew. £5 per piece.