Dinnerware

Ping Pong Cocktail Trays

See these paddle-shaped, melamine cocktail trays? They’re for your guests, so they can stand around and comfortably hold their plate piled high with hors d’oeuvres while shaking hands and sipping drinks. Their thumb goes through the hole for firm grip, and that little detail decreases the likelihood of someone spilling something that will stain your rug. And, yes, who knows, maybe an impromptu game of Ping Pong will break out once everyone has relaxed a little. Take note of the date that Vico Magistretti designed this set: 1987.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Ete Plate

Problems with portion control? Join the club. The Ete plate can help, as it has portion sizes drawn directly on the plate. Fill the veggie portion up, cut your meat portion to fit, or follow the color guides for a mixed dish. See? It’s super simple, even a kid could get the hang of it. And, for every ten plates sold, one goes to a high school or academic institution. Back the project over at Indiegogo to get your own ($15), or a set of two ($40), four ($60) or six ($90).
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Indiegogo

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Jellies Family

A little prettiness is entirely expected during summer soirees, so maybe you’ll want to add a new set of tumblers or trays to your tabletop. Kartell’s Jellies Family is pretty, of course, and it’s made from colorful and transparent PMMA plastic. This shouldn’t be a surprise since Kartell is well known for their use of plastic in furniture and other accessories, yet the Jelly pieces just look so much nicer than what you’d expect from plain ol’ plastic. Patricia Urquiola designed the collection with an organic pattern in mind, with jelly moulds being a primary inspiration.
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Price: $76.00 +
Available from: YLiving

Japanese Porcelain Lidded Bowls

Each piece of this collection is a hybrid of fine porcelain and durable stoneware. The proprietary blend of local clay from Hasami, Nagasaki gives the pieces a soft and smooth touch, yet you’ll find that they’re strong and robust enough for daily use. The collection nests for neat storage and the ash wood lids double as a serving tray, plate, or trivet. Designed in Los Angeles by Taku Shinomoto and made in Japan.
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Price: $54.00 - 125.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

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 outdoors should you fancy a picnic.
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Price: €12.00
Available from: Variopinte

Entomo Dinnerware

How about some creepy-crawlies alongside your dinner? Might sound unappetizing, but the pattern is delightful. Black butterflies and beetles provide such a nice pattern on bone china; a few of these plates or mugs are sure to find their way into any entomologist’s (amateur or professional) hands. The mug would make an especially excellent gift, by the way.

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Price: $26.00 and up
Available from: Switch Modern

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

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