I am rather picky about my dishes. I like them plain and unadorned, a simple canvas for the food. But I also love fine bone china, delicate to the touch yet actually stronger than stoneware, and nearly translucent to the light. So I was intrigued to see this new line of fine china from IKEA. These ain't 50-cent plates, folks.
IKEA's dinnerware and servingware are famously inexpensive — classic starter sets for the just-graduated. I have a huge stack of 50-cent plates from IKEA for big dinner parties; they are just the right size (and price!) for outdoor picnics and holiday buffets.
But I am rather smitten by this new line of more pricey china plates and servingware. The line was designed by Ehlén Johansson, and it is definitely more expensive than their other dinnerware. A two-pack of plates goes for $20 to $28, depending on the size (11" or 13"). This is a shocker of a price for IKEA dishes, but it's still much cheaper than high-end bone china.
I'm particularly liking the serving plate ($19.99) and the serving bowls ($9.99 to $29.99). The pure white china and the fluid, modern design make these dishes look classic and elegant without being boring or stuffy.
I haven't seen these in person, though, so I can't vouch for the quality of the manufacturing and the china. Has anyone seen these or bought them?
• Find them: SKYN Dinnerware at IKEA