the Rosenthal Loft is a great choice for every day dinnerware. You have many choices in shapes and sizes including: round, square, oval and rectangular. The white on white concentric circle pattern on the Loft dinnerware is subtle but contributes to the Loft's ability to be transformed from every day to more formal. Mix and match shapes or stay with one shape, the Rosenthal Loft allows for personal creativity and multifunctional use. A whole place setting could be square plates, rectangular or round. Go round, but use the small rectangular plate as a bread and butter which can also be used as an appetizer plate for a cocktail party. The Rosenthal Thomas Group Loft dishware is not particularly thin nor is it chunky.