We usually avoid placemats on our small dining table; we feel like it clutters it up visually. We prefer tablecloths and runners. These silicone placemats though, with their hint of transparency and their subtle designs, could change that...
They now have a whole line of silicone placemats out that we like very much. Two of their designs (the Tangle above as well as the design below) are collaborations with artist Rex Ray, and some of these will be carried exclusively by SFMOMA.
We also really like the designs that are ostensibly for kids - we might like to use them too! The placemats are easy to clean and they protect the table too. Also see one of their pretty table runner designs below.
• Placemats are available through Velocity Art and Design.
• You can see all the designs at Modern-twist.