Unique Shapes (Modern and Traditional): Plates don't have to be round. Or even square. Modern designers, such as Rosenthal, play with flowing shapes that give a modern flair to any table even when they are finished in classic white. When you are entertaining with these designs it is important to pay attention to the overall personality. Designers like Rosenthal use geometric shapes that shouldn't be mixed with complex designs even though they are classic white. There is no need to dress these up, the designs are interesting enough.