Fashion Plates

James T. Murray

Once restricted to bone-white porcelain and simple gold trim, the dinner plate finally takes center stage.

From fashion houses like Missoni to artists like Hella Jongerius, designers are bringing the same inspiration to the table as they are to their collections. Jongerius has paired up with Dutch porcelain manufacturer Royal Tichelaar Makkum, and design duo Sieger has partnered with Fürstenberg in Germany to produce the hand-painted Emperor’s Garden pattern, shown here. "The culture around fine china has changed," says Michael Sieger. "People no longer keep it locked away in a cupboard." Murray Moss, design curator and shop owner, agrees. "The population is more informed, more curious, and more open to the idea that art can be found in many places," he says. Today’s patterns aren’t only visually compelling but they also pay homage to porcelain’s Tang dynasty origins. No longer the stuff of wedding registries, these bolder, more graphic designs serve the unconventional eye—and the plat du jour—best.