Dinnerware

Less Mess Happy Mat

Parents and other adults who have tried to contain the mess of a child eating will know that it’s near impossible to come out of the encounter unscathed. Overturned plates and bowls are bound to happen, but if you turn your eyes to the slightly manaical grin of the Less Mess Happy Mat, you’ll know that there’s hope. This mat is silicone (CPSIA Certified, FDA approved and BPA, PVC, lead and Phthalate-free) and it self-seals to the table. There’s no moving it, and, unless your kid’s a genius and/or freakishly strong, they won’t be able to peel it off and throw it around. The integrated plate has three spots for food and the whole mat is dishwasher and microwave safe. Watch the video below for more.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Wasara Sale

You needn’t worry about the tableware for your next outdoor soiree, as Wasara plates, bowls and cups are all 15% off over at Branch Home this week. Wasara tableware is fully biodegradable and compostable, so you’ll look exceptionally smart choosing such a beautiful alternative to paper plates.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $8.46 and up
Available from: Branch Home

DISH Plate Series

Just for fun, let’s take a look at the DISH Plate Series by the Patella Brothers. Each trompe l’oei design has a strange sort of narrative, and for that very reason I think most of us would vote to hang these plates on the wall as art rather than use them day in and day out. However, if you’d like your food to be presented alongside insects and other odd things, food-safe ink is used and each plate is dishwasher safe.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Available from: Artware Editions

Wud Walnut Platters

A bold border on a handcrafted black walnut platter? Yes, please. Furniture designer David Rasmussen creates several sizes of trays, plates and platters, as well as furniture, in Carbondale, Colorado. You may even customize the border and wood color if you order through his website (David Rasmussen). Or, if you fancy one of the platters above, head on over to CB2.
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Price: $49.95
Available from: CB2

I Eight Sum Pi Plates

If you’re a mathematical smarty pants, then you know the equation on this plate translates into “I ate some pie”… sort of funny, no? Perhaps this set of 2 plates would be the perfect housewarming gift to anyone who has an appreciation of math and/or round pastry. There’s also a dish, if you want to complete the set further.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Poetry Plates

From the plate to you, “I love the way you look at me, and the way you use your knife. I love the way you eat your food, you give meaning to my life.” If you’re lacking handwritten sentiments, one quick fix would be to pick up a pen and send a nice note to someone in hopes they’d write you back. The other would be to eat off these Poetry Plates and pretend they have feelings. Each plate can be customized with a special message on the back.
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Purchase Information:

Price: £35.00 - 55.00
Available from: mineheart

Mineral Plate

Yep, it’s a plate with a strange sort of image- minerals, to be exact. Why would you need something such as this? You don’t, of course, but you might want a plate with weird mineral formation imagery just to appreciate/celebrate the strange and wondrous things found in nature, especially when the imagery has such nice color combinations. There’s little info available as to food safety, but I’d say any of these are more suited to catching keys and miscellany, just so you could see it each day instead of being tucked away in a cabinet.

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Purchase Information:

Price: £79.00
Available from: do shop

Silicone Leaf Plates

The next time you have a meal or appetizers outdoors, forego your regular dishes and dine on leaves! Silicone leaves, that is, so you’ll not be too Tarzan-ish. The leaves are made of flexible and durable food-safe silicone, and you’ll find that each one has a slightly different shape and shade of green.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $90.00, s/4
Available from: MoMA Store

Variopinte Plates

How about some colorful dinnerware for this season’s festivities? Variopinte* enamel plates were created as part of the A TAVOLA! project, where Stefania Di Petrillo created a dining room that’s easily transported via a clever packing plan/container. The plates are available in three sizes and can be stacked or used separately. Best of all, the enamel is durable enough to use out of doors should you fancy a picnic.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $16.50
Available from: The Vitrine

Savone

Rethink your tablescape with the Savone plates by Metaphys. Inspired by the natural formations made by bubbles, these plates have divisions that allow you to present food with accompanying seasons or sauces, thus minimizing the number of dishes. (Also, if you’re not one to fuss with seasons, sauces, and other such accompaniments, you could perhaps use these as a sort of portion control guide for meals or snacks, as they are more modest in size.)

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Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00 and up
Available from: Leibal

Teema Mini Serving Set

Shapes! Color! Spice up your hors d’oeuvres with this mini serving set from Iittala. The Teema mini serving set includes three pieces of Kaj Franck’s basic forms- a circle, a square and a triangle. Use one piece for a small snack or all three and more for a proper tapas dinner.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $54.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Techno Plates

Whoa, check out these lookers. Bold patterns with a punch of color now and then is just what a ho-hum tabletop needs, and these hi-gloss porcelain plates will mix and match well with a plain white service. Of course, even if you decide to go crazy and get a whole set, you still won’t break the bank, as each plate is just under 4 bucks.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $3.95
Available from: CB2

Iittala Kulku Dinnerware

Inspired by Oiva Toikka’s Kastehelmi (Dewdrop) collection, this dinnerware set is intended for holiday use, yet I think it would work just fine throughout the year. The red and grey colors are festive, sure, yet the dot pattern isn’t so “holiday” that you’d look strange using it in May or June.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $27.00 and up
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Altered Antique Plates

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your odd-yet-lovely family and friends! Have a safe and happy holiday weekend; posts will return as usual on Monday.

Shown: Altered Antique Plates by BeatUpCreations. May be used for serving or just as an interesting art piece. Each plate costs anywhere from $25 to $100.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00 - 100.00
Available from: BeatUpCreations Etsy Shop

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Coupe Monochrome Bone China Collection

Now, let’s not be hasty in calling each other dinnerware-obssessed nutcases (as referenced in the 24h Tuokio Tableware post). At times, it’s entirely appropriate to remember the name and pieces of certain collections, especially if they’re as graphic as this one. All pieces are dishwasher and microwave safe, so they’re appropriate for everyday use (thank goodness).
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No longer available.
Originally available from moddea

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