Dishing It Out: Jaw-Dropping Place Settings

photography by Ka Yeung

What is it about dishes? They seem to inspire certain people (okay, us). Dallas psychologist Judith Samson laughs when she says that she’s got more place settings than she has room in her house for guests. That seems to be a common sentiment. With so many styles and shapes and colors, some people always hunger for more. It makes sense if you consider that “plates are symbols of nurturing and connection,” Samson says. “We all have to eat, and we typically serve food on plates. And we tend to sit down and eat with people and talk to each other.” A plate can represent quiet in the storm. And it sure beats standing in front of the refrigerator, eating from a can.


“Jardin des Orchidees” presentation plate. $375 at Hermès.
individual plate photography by John Gay



(left) “Syracuse” dinner and dessert plates by R. Haviland & C. Parlon. $230 and $210 at Neiman Marcus. (right) “Chirp” accent plate by Lenox. $27 at Macy’s.


(left) “Grand Tour” dinner plate. $162 for a set of four at Home, James! (right) “Orange Pekoe” dessert plate. $14 at Anthropologie.


(left) “Fraises en Foile” salad plate by Gien. $50 at Debris Antiques. (right) “Daffodil” platter by Michael Aram. $175 at Neiman Marcus.


(left) “Green Artichoke” plate. $12 at Sur la Table. (right) Tray by Alison Evans.
$90 at Stanley Korshak.


(left) Dinner plate by Savoy. $65 for a set of four at Neiman Marcus. (right) Dinner and dessert plates by Alice Goldsmith. $115 and $85 at Stanley Korshak.


“Taika” dinner plate by Klaus Haapeniemi. $40 at Nasher Sculpture Center Store.

Deep Dish!

You are what you eat. But are you also what you eat off of? We think so.


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