The china above is Tuxedo from Swid Powell and was designed by Gwathmey Siegel, the architect. At My Ranchburger we have numerous household items, collected over the years, that were designed by architects. The appeal of these pieces, I believe, is that their designs are so intelligent and therefore functional. I cannot afford to live in a house designed by one of the great architects of the world but I can still have something their work. There is a certain snob appeal in that small ownership.
Note: This design, which Tall Husband and I purchased from the Houston Museum of Fine Arts Gift shop, has long been out of production. "Tuxedo," along with many other Swid Powell designs by architects, is represented in the Yale University Art Gallery collection.