tokyo novelty plates

What a great gift for your favorite sushi-phile. Perfect little kimono inspired shapes highlight these delicate plates.

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Price: $24
Availability: Buy tokyo novelty plates here

Gothic Side Plates

I saw one of these plates a while ago, and was quite sad to learn that it was not available to purchase. So, of course, to my delight, it is now available as a set with three other really great graphic designs. I like them so much I’d be tempted to hang them on the wall.

“This classic side plate set is made from high quality, durable melamine. The pattern is an exclusive Thomas Paul design that references traditional motifs used in fine china and adds a modern gothic spin.”

Set of 4.
Measures 9″ in diameter.
Dishwasher safe, not microwavable.

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No longer available.

Stak Table Set by Karim Rashid

“Designed by Karim Rashid for Danese in 2003. Stak is the perfect stackable modern table set. Each set includes a plate, bowl, soucer and cup. Made of high quality Italian ceramic-ware. A stylish alternative to traditional table ware.”

Material: Ceramic-ware.

Dimensions: 7.87″ h x 10.04″ w

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Price: $350.00
Availability: Buy Stak Table Set by Karim Rashid here

Tord at Target

I had to pinch myself when I heard the news: Tord Boontje designed a line for Target! The only thing I like more than great design, is affordable great design, and who could deny this set of four dessert plates for $17?

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Price: $16.99
Availability: Buy Tord at Target here

Ultimate Spaghetti Plate

Here is a very cleverly designed plate where there is no need for a spoon: a mere twirl of the fork in the center of the plate and the perfect mouthful is produced without mess…

Available in White, Black, and Red
Made of Portuguese stoneware
Diameter of 11.2″

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Price: $20.00
Availability: Buy Ultimate Spaghetti Plate here

Good china Bad china

Most days I feel diligent, but sometimes I feel slothful. So it only makes sense that my china would reflect that.

Set of 12 bone china dinner plates (26cm) and two serving plates (32cm)

with 7 Deadly Sins and 7 Seven Contrary Virtues.

Abstinence against Gluttony (serving plates) , Humility against Pride, Kindness against Envy, Chastity against Lust, Temperance against Anger, Charity against Greed, Diligence against Sloth.

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Japanese Ceramic Dishes

An elegant addition to any table setting…

“A centuries-old tradition of Japan, rustic ceramicware enhances presentation with organic hues and shapes. Set includes one of each pattern. Beautifully gift boxed. Dishwasher safe. Made in Japan.”

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Price: $29.95
Availability: Buy Japanese Ceramic Dishes here

Crumple Cups

“Inspired by a crumpled plastic cup, this white porcelain version can be used for coffee, dessert, or condiments. Dishwasher and microwave safe. Set of three.”

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Price: $25
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Biodegradable Plates, Cups + Utensils

It’s one of those miracle products (they’re out there, just sometimes hard to find): 100% biodegradable plates, cups and utensils. Made from compostable sugar cane fiber (utensils from potato starch/vegetable oil), these products could be considered best friends with the environment. Hurray for easy clean up that doesn’t hurt anybody.

“These disposable (and biodegradable, and compostable) dinnerware pieces are designed for elegant entertaining, indoors or out. They’re attractive, unbleached, FDA-approved food-safe, and they’re much sturdier than standard paper plates. (They’re comparable to Chinetâ„¢ brand plates.) Not only are they made from renewable resources (see above), they’re microwavable, freezer safe, oil resistant, and capable of handling hot foods and beverages. After use, this product can be recycled for the making of paper, or 100% catabolized as compost.

The potato-starch cutlery is sturdy, attractive, reusable, and suitable for hot foods up to 220° F. It will biodegrade within 180 days in a commercial composting facility, but is currently only certified for biodegradability under the ISO 14855 standards. (Certification under the ASTM standards for compostability is in process.)”

12 oz. Bowl :: Pack of 25 :: $4.00
12 oz. Cup :: Pack of 50 :: $7.00
9″ Plate :: Pack of 25 :: $5.50
9″ Compartmentalized Plate :: Pack of 25 :: $5.50
12″ Oval Platter :: Pack of 10 :: $4.50
Fork, Knife + Spoon :: 50 Sets :: $13.50

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Price: $4.00-$13.50
Availability: Buy Biodegradable Plates, Cups + Utensils here

Tom Dixon: Eco Ware Bowl Set (4)

I like the look and love the idea…

“The Eco Ware line is the result of experimenting with biodegradeable plastics made from compressed natural materials such as byproducts of coconut, rice and bamboo processing. Tom Dixon created this line of biodegradeable plates, bowls and cups dubbed Eco Ware . This elegant line of sustainable tableware is 85% bamboo bound with a water-soluble polymer.

Eco Ware is fine enough for formal occasions, tough enough for the outdoors, and robust enough for every-day use. The best part is that after a long functional life (5 years give or take), the Eco Ware objects can be recyled into plant pots or simply composted back to the earth.”

each bowl- 3.50″ height x 5.75″ width

(Special: $59.99 instead of $75.00)

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Price: $59.00
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gingko plates

I really like the simplicity and beauty of the ginkgo leaf as a design element.

Available in green celadon (shown) and orange.
6″ x 4″ x 1″.

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Price: $9.00-$16.00
Availability: Buy gingko plates here

Insula Cup Set

This Insula cup set is quite nice. With a “gentle organic ripple pattern” it’s sure to please the eyes as well as the sense of touch with a double insulating wall that makes it easy to hold hot or cold beverages.

Set of two.

3-3/8″ diameter and 4″ tall

Available in Snow white, Sea Blue, Salman Orange and Kiwi Green.

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Price: $13.00
Availability: Buy Insula Cup Set here

Vine Side Plate Set

I certainly hope nobody gets sick of my fixation on black and white patterned dinnerware. This particular set is so very pleasing to look at, and relatively affordable.

High-grade, dishwasher-safe melamine plastic. (Do not microwave.)
Set of four. Diameter: 8″

Update: This item is unfortunately no longer available. (10/30/09)

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Price: $29.00
Availability: Buy Vine Side Plate Set here

Biscuit Collection by studio job

Holy cow. I think these are absolutely amazing and honestly, cannot think of why I shouldn’t buy at least one piece of this collection. I want to use an expletive, I like them so much.

“designed by studio job for royal tichelaar makkum in 2006 and a highlight of the Milan Fair, the biscuit collection includes nine different plates and five centerpieces. the pieces are white bisque porcelain with reliefs based on allegory with fairy tail and fantasy figures. both sides of the plates are decorated.”

Pieces range from $130.00- $1,380.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $130.00
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Bjorn Dahlstrom: HotCool 3 Piece Set

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to eat. So any product that is designed to help me enjoy the consumption process has won my heart already.

“HotCool is an innovative serving concept that makes drinking hot drinks a luxurious taste experience. HotCool keeps hot drinks hot – like mulled wine and specialty coffees – and cold drinks cold – for instance, smoothies and iced tea.. An essential part of the HotCool range is the tray which is handy for carrying cakes or small savoury snacks.”

Presented in gift box.

Material: Glass & Plastic.
Dimensions Latte Cup: 5.25″ high
Volume: 13.5 oz.

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Price: $40.00
Availability: Buy Bjorn Dahlstrom: HotCool 3 Piece Set here