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We've long been craving some color in our white dinner plates, and we think we've finally found the solution in John Derian.

The renowned decoupage artist has put his signature touch on a new collaboration with Parisian ceramic company Astier de Villatte. The result is a sophisticated array of trays and platters that are anything but bland.

Currently on sale in Derian's East Village shop, the collection ($120 to $600) is divided into two categories: The Iconic series features Derian's trademark bird, butterfly and insect graphics on delicate dessert plates and platters, and the Marble series shows off his handiwork with teacups and saucers painted in swirls of red, teal and deep blue. Handmade in Paris, each piece is currently available for preorder and will be ready for store pickup a month after purchasing.

If you can't wait for your piece of Paris, Derian's shop is also stocked with a vast selection of Astier de Villatte's classic whitewashed creations. We'll set our dinner table with the hand-glazed Grand Pichet teapot ($350), luminous candlestick holders ($116) and deep scalloped bowl ($170). Although the pieces look fragile, they're all dishwasher safe.

In this case, we approve of breaking the mold.

John Derian, 6 E. Second St. (between Second Ave. and the Bowery); 212-677-3917 or

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