Constellation Plates

Uh…so, um, what’s your sign? Here’s some pretty plates that show the constellations of the zodiac signs.

“Throw a star-studded dinner party with pretty white plates featuring delicate blue renderings of the 12 zodiac signs. Silver dots show what the actual constellations look like in the night sky. Sold as a set of four, the plates feature three constellations per plate and are divided up into fire signs, earth signs, water signs and air signs.”

Made in China.
Materials: porcelain
Size: 8″ dia.

Set of four: $34.00 atUncommon Goods

Purchase Information:

Price: $34.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Ripple Plate

These ripple plates by Alex Marshall Studios would be a fun (yet still elegant) way to display appetizers.

All ceramics are made from porcelain clay, are food safe, residential dishwasher safe, microwave safe and may be warmed in the oven up to 250°.

By Alex Marshall Studios
11.25 x 11.25″

$54.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $54.00
Availability: Buy Ripple Plate here

VerTerra Signature Plates

VerTerra specializes in eco-friendly single-use dinnerware and their signature collection (shown above) is a heck of a lot better looking than paper plates.

“Each piece is made from 100% renewable and compostable plant matter and water. No chemicals, waxes or dyes, like those found in disposable paper and plastic options. No harmful toxins that can leach into your food. No worrying. It’s also the most durable and versatile single-use product available; use it to reheat in the microwave, bake in the oven, or cool in the fridge.”


Fortune Cookie Plate

I love it: as you eat, you see your fortune.

Inspired by the traditional fortune cookie served at the end of a meal, this “fortune” is also revealed only once the food on the plate has been eaten.
Price shown is for a set of four, each containing a random fortune, with random placement.

Designer: Willie Tsang
Materials: Fine Porcelain
Dimensions: 10″ dia.
set of four: $59.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $59.00
Availability: Buy Fortune Cookie Plate here

Twenty Past Four

Teach your friends and family dining etiquette without saying a word.

Referencing “proper” British etiquette, these plates are printed with a diagram showing the correct placement of utensils (twenty past four) when dinner is done, as well as the caption “Place your utensils in the dotted lines when finished”.

Price shown is for a set of two plates.

Designer: Willie Tsang
Materials: Fine Porcelain
Dimensions: 10″ dia.

Purchase Information:

No longer available.

11″ Print and Pattern Plates

These are really quite nice for the price.

A perfect and pretty plate, decorated with a charming design, and equally at home on your table or wall. Choose Kaleidoscope, Night Flowers, Stormy Harbor or Towers print. Exclusive to Urban Outfitters. Imported. Dishwasher and Microwave safe.

* 8″ diameter, Porcelain

$8.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $8.00
Availability: Buy 11″ Print and Pattern Plates here


This is pretty interesting…a mixture of plates and bowls all stack up into the shape of a ming vase. To get a close up of the inside imagery (which is really quite lovely), take a look here .

a great selection of plates and bowls and smaller bowls and more plates and it all stacks up in the shape of a ming vase…It’s pretty fantastic, about 15″ (40 cm) high, hides 7 different plates and bowls, is made out of Melamine and printed with the most beautiful imagery we have seen from ibride in quite a long time!

Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $125
Availability: Buy Ming here

Lily Pond Sushi Set

This sushi set certainly evokes a lily pond; I like how the forms are handled simply and how they manage to be fun in an understated, elegant way.

It is important to remember that the objects presented here, just like the ones in the Chin Family, characters or flowers and fruits, each performing the roles of domestic household objects, are made partly in hand-decorated plastic and partly in fine bone china, also hand-decorated. The magic of Giovannoni’s design lies in the fact that these objects recall the grace of 18th century ceramic trinkets, while at the same time being utterly contemporary…

Sushi set composed of: plate and chopsticks in melamine, small plate for soy sauce and chopsticks holder in fine bone china. Hand-decorated.

Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $94.00
Availability: Buy Lily Pond Sushi Set here

Chinese Whisper

It’s strange how such a simple ‘tweak’ can update an old pattern into something that complements the modern table setting.

A lovely combination of east and west, the Chinese Whisper features standard willow patterns on standard ceramic plates, cups and saucers. Alone, this would seem rather common, but with a simple tweak in manufacturing, the patterns are mismatched, adding a clean, contemporary edge to a classic design.

Small plate: 7.75″ dia.
Large plate: 10.5″ dia.
Cup: 3″ dia. x 2.75″H
Saucer: 5.75″ dia.

Purchase Information:

Price: $39.00-$49.00
Availability: Buy Chinese Whisper here

Floor Plan Plates and Platters

If you like looking at floor plans, you might just have to get some of these plates and platters (despite the possibility of distraction during dinner time).

Floor Plan Terrace Plate 9″ Square: $16.95, Buy it here.
Floor Plan Penthouse Platter 12″X16″: $32.95, Buy it here.
Floor Plan Railroad Rect. Tray 6″X12″: $16.95, Buy it here.
Floor Plan Duplex 11″ Square: $20.95, Buy it here.
Floor Plan Studio Plate 5″ Square: $7.95, Buy it here.
Floor Plan Luxury Platter 14″ Square (not shown): $32.95, Buy it here.

[via Dwell Magazine]

Purchase Information:

Price: $7.95-$32.95
Availability: Buy Floor Plan Plates and Platters here

Mug 09 & Salad Plate 20 by Sarah Cihat

Two particularly fine examples of Sarah Cihat’s Rehabilitated Dishware:

Artist Sarah Cihat takes once mundane thrift store dishes and reglazes/fires them after reviving their surfaces with vibrant colors and iconic silhouettes. By giving these discarded items a new look and a new life, Cihat is making a subtle statement on the importance of recycling and rePurposing products.

Mug 09, $40.00, Buy it here.
Salad Plate 20 (7-8″ dia.), $40.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Availability: Buy Mug 09 & Salad Plate 20 by Sarah Cihat here

Late-For-Dinner Plates & Floral Tumbler

These cheerful dinner plates and tumblers will probably brighten up your table to an arguable amount of absurdity…plus, just the word “quaff” makes me want to buy something.

Floral Tumbler: $6.00, Buy it here.

“A refreshing quaff is the essence of out-of-doors entertaining. Fill these playful glasses with cherry limeade, sun tea or a sparkling tipple.”
-Dishwasher safe
-6.5″H, 3.75″ diameter

Dinner Plates: $24.00, Buy it here.
“Blasts from the past in mod melamine, these retro plates are covered in pop-art flora. Their large size easily accommodates your nostalgic favorites like meatloaf and mashed potatoes.”

-Set of four
-Dishwasher safe
-1″H, 11″ diameter

Purchase Information:

Price: $6.00
Availability: Buy Late-For-Dinner Plates & Floral Tumbler here

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Paper Plates by Virginia Sin

Super smart (porcelain) Paper Plates so you can have the summer feel without the waste.

“I shredded actual paper plates, which previously where used to mold the plates, and then combined the paper pulp with porcelain slip to create my own unique batch of environmentally sound paperclay. When paperclay is fired, some of the paper pulp burns away leaving a lightweight yet strong ceramic structure behind. This allows the porcelain-paperclay paper plates to be nearly as light as the actual paper plates. Also, to ensure everyday porcelain wear and tear, each of the plates are glazed on both sides.”

Microwave and dishwasher safe.
materials: porcelain paperclay

small: 5.5″x5.5″x1/8″, $35.00
medium: 8″x8″x1/8″, $65.00

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00-$65.00
Availability: Buy Paper Plates by Virginia Sin here

The Middletons Plates – Complete Set

These plates might brighten up the table a bit…

“Based on the idea that melamine plates can have personalities too, the artist calls this set of four, The Middletons and names each individually – Doug, Janet, Claire & Perry. Take a good look at the family and discover the subtleties in the hues and textures of their overall character. Let them into your home and get to know them.”

Full color, 4 x 10 inch melamine plates. Plates are dishwasher safe, not microwave safe.
Design by Marco Cibola

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Availability: Buy The Middletons Plates – Complete Set here

Adónde Stoneware

This stoneware collection seems to balance a modern aesthetic with a natural sensibility. The plates can double as lids for bowls, serving bowls are oven-safe casseroles, and (my favorite) the cups have a lid that’s perfect for holding a tea bag or small snack.

“Combining versatility, smart design and good stewardship of the earth’s resources, the stoneware assortment comprises several differently sized “cylinders.” Although each cylinder size has been given a name, that doesn’t need to dictate its use. The stoneware’s enamel is hand-applied and made entirely from all-natural minerals. The coordinating utensil set has a pared-down aesthetic and is crafted from sustainable wood from well-managed forests. Stoneware is dishwasher, oven and microwave safe. Made in France.”

crafted from natural stoneware and mineral enamel.

Cup, $15.00
Cup Lid/Tea Bag Holder, $15.00
Olive Bowl, $15.00
Salad Plate, $25.00
Salad Serving Bowl, $65.00
Dinner Plate, $35.00
Bowl, $25.00
Serving Bowl, $70.00
Appetizer Picks (Set of 6), $25.00
Adónde Dessert Spoons (Set of 4), $25.00
Adónde Tongs (Set of 2), $20.00 – $30.00

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00-$70.00
Availability: Buy Adónde Stoneware here