I hypothesize that you’ll want to check out Neutrino Designs’ collection of minimalist tableware. The porcelain plates, bowls, butter dishes and cups are a collaboration of Julie York and Ian Anderson, two sculptors who ventured into giftware with simple, mix-and-match graphic design. And they did their homework: The molecular diagrams are a reflection of the actual chemical makeup of clay, says York. At a price range of $16-30, it’s simply elementary*.
The porcelain dishes come in seven patterns, or you can order a custom piece with several patterns together. I especially like patterns #1 and #6 — just enough interest without geek overload.
* I couldn’t help myself.