Tableware from Reine Mere

Toulouse, France

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Stéphane Clivier and Didier Lachaizehe -- the Toulouse-based design duo behind Reine Mère (Queen Mother) -- create what they call "practical and poetic objects" for the home, like this egg cup that could also work as a sushi plate, with a built-in soy sauce bowl. Made in France, their collection of wood and porcelain objects have a pared-down elegance and a modern but timeless aesthetic that they describe as "chic & écologique."

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This knife rest with a built-in vase would also work as a chopsticks rest on a minimalist table.

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The "12 Pommes" fruit basket looks great with oranges, too.

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And the "Room Service" platter with a built-in coaster and Duralex glass, makes a coffee break for one more appealing.

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- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristin @ apartmenttherapy . com