There's something about the uncluttered look of white stoneware that makes us go ahhh. That's why we find the handmade collection of tabletop and home accessories by San Fran-based designer Rae Dunn particularly refreshing. More on Dunn's adorable pieces—and the artist collaborative that sells them—after the jump.
Dunn, who hails from a background in graphic and fashion design, takes a utilitarian approach to clay, crafting pieces ranging from vases, planters and birdhouses (shown) to sets of dessert plates and votive holders. Inspired by the Japanese tenet of "wabi-sabi," or finding beauty within the imperfect, Dunn fuses simple shapes with subtle textures, accent colors and typography that add whimsy without the kitsch. The food- and dishwasher-safe collection is sold at Magenta, a Berkeley, Calif., design collaborative aptly named for the most challenging hue to achieve when kiln-firing ceramics.
Last year, Magenta was awarded the Small Business Commerce Association's (SBCA) Best of Business Award in the Art, Picture Frames, and Decorations category. So props to Magenta, a small business that supports the handmade!