Okay, we're being a little facetious with this, but then so were the designers, in all probability. It does intrigue us, though, to think creatively about how such a common tool can be designed to maximize the efficiency of its care. For we don't just eat off of plates, we wash, dry and store them too.
First up is The Cuelgame designed by Marc Graells Ballve & Victor Vinyamata. It features a little hook that can be used to hang it dry, or as a perch for a wine glass or a thumb. The second is designed by Ernest Perera, with similar multifunctionality — a flat tab allows it to stand on edge to dry (presumably on a tray of some sort to catch the water), but can also serve as a thumb rest.