Combining strength with beauty results in lovely modern placemats from the French duo of Judith Tair, a fashion designer, and Philippe Mercier, an art director. Their cool placemats, like works of art feature photographic-like images infused into a functional surface.
Many of these table placemats are translucent so that the backdrop of the table they sit on becomes part of the effect. Almost too beautiful to set plates on, these placemats are affordable at $8 per place mat. Tair Mercier is known for their contemporary take on French design and blog about their inspirations. Their numerous styles of placemats can be found at AKAR Design, as well as their unique take on other modern tabletop art.
Accessorize the Tair Mercier placemats with matching plates or floor lamps from the collection.