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Born to a German mother and Chinese father, Paris-based artist Nathalie Lété uses mixed media to create playful designs with a French edge. Her childlike compositions echo the mid-century experiments of Art Brut artist Jean Dubuffet, but you don't have to be an art collector to snag one. Her work is available at Anthropologie in the form of one-of-a-kind ceramic pieces and budget-friendly dinner plates. And, as if she couldn't get any cooler, Lété lives in a converted factory that once made girders for the Eiffel Tower!

It's tremendously talented people like Lété that whet our appetite for design. Check out her work on her website and at Anthropologie. And to see more photos of her studio space, check out the book "A Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of A Misspent Life," by Mary Randolph Carter out on October 19. We may be inviting ourselves over soon!

1. Nathalie Lété pictured in her studio on page 62 of "A Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of a Misspent Life" | 2. A Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of a Misspent Life by Mary Randolph Carter, $55, Rizzoli (out on October 19) | 3. Francophile Dinner Plate, Eiffel Tower, $24 | 4. Ode to Pollen Rug, $2998 | 5. Good Evening Dinner Plate, $24 | 6. Sous Le Rosier, 2008 by Nathalie Lété, $1000

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