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Leave the fine china in the cabinet, because designers are dishing up plenty of snazzy designs in the new material of the moment: melamine. You read right: melamine. No longer merely the stuff of baby’s-first-dish sets, plastic is in play for plates that range from whimsical to, believe it or not, elegant (well, as elegant as melamine can be, anyway). Here are six that serve a delicious dose of good taste, at home or on a picnic blanket.


1 Pizza by Liberty Garage [top & bottom]
$25 for a set of six plates
(562) 594-4595
www.libertygarage.com

2 Russian Nesting Dolls by Thomas Paul [top left & bottom right]
$35 for a set of four plates
(866) 781-9494
www.velocityartanddesign.com

3 Doo the Dishes by Pop Ink [top right & bottom left]
$10 per plate
(269) 683-1100
www.mrfrench.com

4 Barcelona by French Bull [left center]
$39 for a set of four dinner plates
(718) 433-2484
www.plumparty.com

5 Square Orange Dinner Plate by Working Class Studio [center]
(a division of the Savannah College of Art and Design)
$8 per plate.
(912) 525-5180
www.shopscadonline.com

6  Diner by Bob’s Your Uncle [right center]
$39 for a set of four plates
(866) 757-4463
www.store.shopshine.net