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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
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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
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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
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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
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Abra Cadabra Collection

Have your dishes won any awards lately? These have*. And I can see why.

Microwave and dishwasher safe. Made in Germany.

*Awarded with the Baden-Württemberg International Design Award 2003, the Form 2003, Design Plus 2003, the Good Design Award 2002 Japan, the Good Design Award 2001, a recognition within the Thuringian Product Design Award 2001 competition and the reddot award 2001. Nominated for the Federal Design Award 2002.

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Price: $8.00
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Ink Blot Dinner Plate Series by Kathleen Walsh

I think these might be one of my favorite things I’ve seen in a while…and I’m going to quote straight from unica as they did such a good job explaining the series and such:

“the ink blot series, designed by kathleen walsh for walteria living, is inspired by a 19th century parlor game called blotto. a pre-cursor to the use of inkblots by rorschach in modern research psychology as personality tests, blotto encouraged right-brain thinking in a social setting. it is the intent of this series to simulate a similar dialogue and promote togetherness around the dinner table. plates are japanese porcelain with lead-free certified glaze. sold as a set of 4. available with text in black or gold. dimensions: 10.7″d

text on the plates reads as follows:
a) “1% – an outlaw biker rides alone, his destiny remains uncertain”
b) “compassion among species – 2 altruistic butterflies fly 2 injured field mice to safety”
c) “dueling roosters – 2 roosters engage in staring competition, there will be only 1 winner”
d) “an unlikely event – 1 winged porcine creature stands poised at the edge of a reflective pool”‘

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No longer available.

10 Piece Sushi gift set

Perfect last minute gift…

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Price: $19.95
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simple dinnerware

Simple dinnerware on sale.
Semigloss glazed white stoneware for every day or entertaining. Microwave and dishwasher safe. Set includes 4-dinner plates, 4-salad plates, 4-bowls and 4-mugs.

Dinner plates : 11″diam.
Salad plates : 8″diam.
Bowls : 6″diam.
Mugs : 4.25″h.

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Price: $69.00
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Digital Dinner Plate Set

For those days when you’re feeling a bit pixelated, you can pull out your digital dinnerware to cheer yourself up. High-grade, dishwasher-safe melamine plastic plates (don’t microwave them).

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No longer available.