Continuing a centuries-long tradition, the Obamas unveiled their contribution to the official presidential china collection recently: a suite of colorful dishes, created in collaboration with AD100 designer Michael S. Smith and White House curator William Allman. 

With a kind invitation from First Lady Michelle Obama, Architectural Digest headed down to Washington, D.C., for a front-row seat at the unveiling, not to mention a special tour around the White House grounds on the eve of the Japan State Dinner.