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While recently taking a quick lap through Crate & Barrel’s new Manhattan flagship, I didn’t expect to find the perfect everyday bowls. But somewhere between the holiday cookie cutters and cocktail glasses, I happened upon shelves of ceramics I hadn’t seen before. That’s where I ran into Domino contributing editor and cover star Jordan Ferney—she was debating whether to switch up her dinnerware to the Craft collection, the simple matte-finish series in question.

We were both drawn to the size of the cereal bowls: deep enough for ramen takeout, extra-large salads, and making oatmeal in the microwave without a volcanic eruption. They also happened to be $8 each. Twenty-four hours later, I went back and bought two for myself. And soon enough, I’ll definitely be snagging more. 

Crate & Barrel Craft Linen Cereal Bowl

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Craft Linen Cereal Bowl, Crate & Barrel ($8)

While my old go-to Hawkins New York blates—a bowl-and-plate hybrid, of course—are cuter than most, piping-hot soup in a shallow vessel gets cold in minutes. The Craft collection includes a low bowl, too, but the 8-by-3-inch-tall deeper option keep fresh-off-the-stove spaghetti hot until the last bite. The matte glaze adds a contemporary, natural vibe, akin to more expensive brands like Heath, Jenni Kayne, and Material Kitchen; they have an organic feel but with clean, minimal lines.

I went for the warm linen colorway, but it comes in five more options, from cool gray to dusty charcoal. I’ve eaten every meal out of these since I brought them home, so it won’t be long until I expand into the rest of the collection (I’m looking at you, coupe dinner plates). 

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