Cheerful yet understated, the mix of irregular shapes and tones of Diane von Furstenberg's porcelain dishes looks even fresher with an orchid floating in the bowl at each place setting. Pebblestone dinner plate, in Gray, $20; Brushstroke salad plate, in Yellow, $20; and Powerstone soup bowl, in Yellow, $15; dvf.com.
This sleek birch telescope may look modern, but it’s based on Galileo’s 1609 model. The striking piece attracts long gazes by itself, but it’s also a powerful tool for looking into the night sky. 400th Anniversary Galileo Commemorative telescope, $450, by Palomar, from accessories.ameico.com.