I feel a tad pathetic loving a china pattern. I mean, it is 2009 after all. I don't really know anyone who has china (other than my parents of course, who have over the years inherited some beautiful sets from various family members). But that said, I keep coming across this very attractive design:
And I am totally fascinated by it. I think I first came across it at Barney's, then perhaps at The Conran Shop, and then finally at Tivoli, where I asked the proprietor what the story was. He told me this was Royal Copenhagen china, but updated. He told me that "some young person" had taken the original classic blue fluted pattern and enlarged it, putting a different aspect of the pattern on each dish. Thus the blue fluted mega pattern was born.
So naturally this begged the question, what does the original pattern look like? Gorgeous, that's what:
I have a weird fixation with sugar bowls lately. I'm pretty tired of digging sugar out of the Domino box for my morning tea, and feel somehow like my days would start off better if I could choose a beautiful lump of La Peruche sugar out of a sugar bowl like this:
But then I suppose my day would be not so great when I, in a somnabulent state, dropped the lid of the $200 sugar bowl on the floor, shattering it in a thousand pieces.
I do not love this one quite so much:
But herbal tea out of this in the evening would be so civilized and luxurious:
Does the fact that I like the old person's pattern (I prefer to think of it as classic) mean that I'm old and boring at heart? I'll just pretend that it has to do with my tastes being more highly evolved than the rest of my generation.