Your fancy chinaware has finally been updated for the sci-fi-loving 21st century.
A legendary ceramic pattern called Willow has graced the face of housewares since the 18th century. This popular style, known for its intricate blue and white designs, was inspired by the porcelain dishes that England imported from China.
Upon receiving a Willow-patterned family heirloom, graphic designer Don Moyer had the bright idea to take the classic pattern and have a little fun with it. He drew his own design that mimics the traditional aesthetic of the blue and white, then infuses it with a hefty dash of robots and flying monkeys.
"I thought it was funny to mock the traditional design by adding drama," he toldMashable.
Fans seemed to agree, and eventually wanted more than just the mock designs Moyer shared on Flickr. Thus, the Calamityware project was born.
Moyer is on his third round of successful Kickstarter funding. Following the success of the first plate, featuring sea monkeys, Moyer designed others, including a giant robot and thecurrent project, a sea monster. The next project, coming in August, features a UFO invasion. Moyer aims to launch a Kickstarter campaign with a new plate design every 90 days, completing with a collection of about six to eight designs. However, you can still buy any of the past Kickstarter plate designs on his website.
"I just wanted to have a few beautiful, utilitarian, and funny plates," Moyer says. "It turns out that there are many people I have never met who want beautiful, utilitarian, and funny plates too."