Despite hiking many miles up and down the aisles of trade fairs in the last few months, it still seems our best finds are from further a field.

Thomas Paul is a New York designer who’s applied his distinctive graphic style to everything from lighting to stationary. But the designs that really excited us were his sea life series.

And more specifically his sea life melamine plates (and trays and coasters).

The plates feature incredibly intricate designs of a variety of sea life, from turtles to crabs, and are really bought to life with incredible vibrant colours.

for the full range of Sealife dinner plates, side plates, coasters and the tray, you’ll have to wait until the shop goes live.

Thomas Paul - Sealife Crab melamine dinner plate

Thomas Paul - Sealife horseshoe melamine dinner plate

And the tray is fantastic.

Thomas Paul - Sealife turtle melamine tray

We also really love his coral series. These pink and white designs are really vibrant. As to whether we’ll stock the coral plates, we’re not yet sure. Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.

Thomas Paul - Coral melamine plate

Thomas Paul - Coral melamine plate