The color white is having a moment, from Olivia Pope’s Burberry trench to the ivory eye shadow seen on the spring 2014 runways. It seems the next iteration (here in SF, anyway) is dinnerware.
More specifically, vanIvey Ceramics. The handcrafted alabaster tableware is the polar opposite of boring white plates.
Launched by Bay View-based fine artist Kristen van Diggelen last July, the line of place settings and serving dishes has a rustic yet elegant vibe. The distinctive collections are meant to be mixed and matched: The intricate floral relief on the Baroque pieces (witness this pasta bowl, $80) is meant to complement the subtler Yerba Buena patterns. And the Mexican papel picado motif on this Mission dish ($90) contrasts nicely with the clean, classic lines of the Market plates ($65).
Van Diggelen also makes custom serving pieces, and we totally love the idea of giving (or receiving) the cobalt and white Laurel platter ($300) adorned with a map of a meaningful locale--send her an image of the area and she'll paint it to fit.
The ceramics are not only gorgeous but also durable. In other words: dishwasher safe.