Some people see plates as, well, just plates. I see them as bases for tiered cupcake stands, wall art, and jewelry trays. So when I happen upon a divine selection, such as Nathalie Lété's selection at Anthropologie, I can hardly walk away from them. When the French artist was commissioned to design for Anthropologie, I knew we were in for a treat. But to my surprise, it's the kind of treat I can actually afford. At $24 a plate, they may not be a bargain, but they certainly beat some of the artwork I've been perusing or the China I tend to ogle. Once again, the most heartbreaking part about seeing the vast selection of the romantic plates is my inability to take home every single piece for my hutch. I have to admit, I was taken with the pup. I could practically hear the petite painted dog on a green trim scalloped plate yelping for me to take him home.
Anthropologie has commissioned Nathalie Lété, a French artist who works in a variety of mediums (embroidery, ceramics, weaving, textile design, painting, and illustration), and is wildly popular in Japan, to design bedding and drawer pulls. It's no wonder the retailer, which does its best to seem oh-so-French, sought Lété out; her designs are ubiquitous in France, appearing on Designers Guild textiles, Issey Miyaké shawls, touristique postcards, chocolates, and hand-tufted rugs. I'm loving her Treetop Quilt ($248-$268); it's very whimsical and exuberant,
as well as sophisticated despite its light-hearted childish edge.