We're always taken with old, broken things re-purposed as artworks, especially when their practical use has been restored. Danish designer Ornamented Life gives these dishes (spotted on Oh Joy!) a beautiful fresh start, filling in cracks and chips with 24K gold and applying hand-made enamel floral transfers. The flowers look as if they're growing out of the cracks, like sidewalk weeds. More after the jump...
Each of these dishes is one-of-a-kind; the designs extend to the backs of the plates and the insides of cups and teapots. We're not totally convinced that it's safe to drink out of chipped cups, gilded or no, but at least the gold calls attention to the chips, so you can avoid them? Clearly we're making excuses because these are so lovely.
Tea cups and saucers $38, plates $64, and an adorable sugar and cream set is $75. Available from Horne.
(Via Oh Joy!)