I've come to realize (thanks to my significant other) that some of the most interesting design is coming out of Australia. Mud Australia, has been one of my favorite new brands of porcelain items to daydream about.
All of their items are handmade in Sydney with porcelain directly sourced from France. The color palette evokes the serene, laid-back Aussie lifestyle I think we all desire.
If you are lucky enough to live in New York, you can visit their showroom in Nolita.
I don't know if its the warm weather and laid-back attitude, but it's working.