A couple of months ago, my partner and I moved from a small studio to an apartment with a real bedroom, kitchen, and dining room, and realized we needed, or wanted, more things for our home. Each time I have made a new acquisition, whether it's a kitchen scrub brush or a bookcase, I have tried to choose items that are not only nice to look at but also thoughtfully produced. I want the things we own and use to have meaning, to do as little harm as possible to the environment, and to last a lifetime.
Now that we have a proper dining room and table, we decided to replace our youthful, and chipped, mishmash of dishes from the Japanese 99-cent store with something more "grown up." (We gave the old ones to friends and Goodwill.) But each time I came close to purchasing a set of new white dishware, I stopped, wary that it was made in China, or didn't look durable, or that we might not like the way it looked in five years. Then I remembered Heath Ceramics, the designer of products that are handcrafted in the state where I live (California), in facilities that are socially and environmentally responsible. (Read about their full history and values here.) We became especially smitten with their Coupe tableware line, which was designed in 1948 but is truly timeless. Perfect, right? ... except for the price tag.
Have you ever approached a purchase this way, whether it's dishware or other items for your home?
(Images: Emily Ho, Heath Ceramics)