Looking for a design-forward spring refresh for your dinnerware? We've got a suggestion from a surprising source: Amazon.
While we think of the website as a destination for things we might otherwise pick up at a big-box store, the retailer has been working to quietly change that. Amazon Homemade, an attempt to compete with Etsy, launched in 2015. And more recently, a line of unique, one-of-a-kind dinnerware was just rolled out on another platform: Amazon Launchpad.
Designed to be an incubator for start-ups, products on Launchpad range from smart plugs to energy bars. Which makes one if its latest additions, Dorotea, seem like a bit of an outlier. A line of nature-inspired dinnerware, all pieces are handmade by the artist, Carolina Silva, in her studio in Seattle.
"I wanted to apply my art to everyday objects," Silva explains on her digital storefront. All the pieces in Dorotea are unglazed, and edges are irregular, giving it an organic, raw feel. (If you're thinking they look like they could fit right in at Anthropologie, Silva did sell pieces there at one point, so you're not that far off!) All pieces also include florals and pops of color, and are designed to work great alone or in a larger set.
Just because the pieces are handmade and special doesn't mean you can't use them as everyday dishware. In a video, Silva explains that "special shouldn't be just for twice a year." All pieces are dishwasher- and microwave-safe, meaning you don't need to wait for a big dinner party to enjoy them (or worry about enjoying them too much.) Prices range from $45 to $60.
Perhaps because they are handmade, every detail of the Dorotea collection seems considered. Even the name is infused with meaning and intentionality. Dorotea is named for Silva's young daughter. The Spanish equivalent of "Dorothy," Silva says she liked it because "old names carry the weight of women who have carried the name before."