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What's on Your Dish List?

Thursday, January 27, 2005; Page C02

Between the extremes of paper plates and fine china is upscale everyday tableware. It's nice enough for company, simple enough for dinner on the coffee table and reasonable enough that you won't hurl yourself off the deck if you break one.

"There were so few options for couples today who love modern design and are looking for an alternative to the traditional china they'll only use once or twice a year," says Sandra Velvel, owner of Vivi, a new housewares store in Bethesda.

Pantone Skyway collection includes dinner plate ($24), salad plate ($18) and mug ($14), at fishseddy.com. (Julia Ewan - The Washington Post)

"The trend in dinnerware is china you can use all the time," says Antonia van der Meer, editor in chief of Modern Bride magazine. "People are buying what you can utilize every day and not just what couples used to serve only on special occasions."

Not everything has to be matchy-matchy. "We sell all of Alex Marshall's pieces separately so that people can mix and match the pieces in whatever way they'd like," says Velvel.

And best of all, these pieces can survive the dishwasher.

-- Janelle Erlichman Diamond

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