There’s a beautiful sense of calm to seeing an entire 12-piece place setting in pristine condition. If you’re antiquing, you know that’s the holy grail. And if you’re in the store picking out china, you know you’re about to drop a fair amount of money.
But: what about the plates that don’t come from full-service sets? What do you do with those lone dishes that peek out at you from store windows, your parents’ china cabinet, or a super-sale caused by some broken inventory?
Here’s a Nate secret: these plates don’t need to be relegated to a life all on their own. If you spy one you love, snap it up and put it to use in an unconventional way.
A single plate can make for a perfect place to corral keys or pocket change by the door. Or, place a selection of mismatched dishes on the wall for a 3-D (and curated-just-for-you) take on artwork.
Nate’s particularly found of scavenging FXDougherty.com for Richard Ginori plates, and you can see his previous Manhattan apartment decorated with a selection of Fornasetti dishes. We’ve pulled a few favorites below in case you’re looking for inspiration…
Clockwise from top left: Accompany‘s Safi Black dinner plates, Richard Ginori’s Volga and Labrinto Black plates via FXDougherty, Nate Berkus’s Trio of Ceramic catch alls available at Target, and Fornasetti’s Multi Faces Overlapping Plate via Barney’s.
Lead photograph by Roger Davies for The Things That Matter