Simple, elegant: it’s the perfect summer tabletop accessory.

Rina Minardi bowlI once chatted with an architect who told me he had a vase problem: he couldn’t resist a perfect vessel, and he intentionally built storage to house his collection. It’s not vases for me, but bowls (which, in my defense, are way easier to store)—big ones, small ones, decorative, plain; some souvenirs from my travels, others local designs I’ve found here in the city. The latest one I’ve fallen for is a quietly elegant piece from Rina Menardi, that just screams summer: the grey crackle finish—handmade in Italy using centuries-old techniques—echoes the natural texture of a seashell. Gorgeous on its own, or for displaying found natural objects, like polished beach stones, shells or coral.Rina Menardi bowl, $399, available at Provide,