One of the restaurants I worked at for a few years had Limoges table settings that were both intricately detailed and seemingly indestructible. They had to be 20 years old when I got there and they're still in use today. When I first started there I used to flinch every time I clinked a plate on the window while expediting, but never broke one.
I seem to remember Mikasa having a pattern called "Threads" back in the late 90's that I liked, but generally I perfer some hand thrown stoneware to fine china. If you're ever around Colorado Springs there's a big artist community outside town (at least there was 10yrs ago) where you can pickup some real nice pieces (or sets), or get some made to order. And yes Marko, they are much more durable then Wedgewood.
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Our Mikasa set is Studio Nova "Homestead". I really like them and would replace a couple pieces, but it is long discontinued and the pieces are spendy when you do find them. I should keep an eye out on the 'bay.
Have you checked out Lenox? Besides their classic cream colored china, they make white bone china. I'm not sure if they do a completely plain white--there might be some embossing on their white plates. It seems like the more recent patterns are sturdier than the vintage ones, which are more delicate and translucent (at least in the cream). Lenox is readily avaiable on eBay. You can also try replacements.com if you don't mind used pieces. They have all sorts of things that have been discontinued--might be worth investigating to see if you find something you really like.
Along with Lenox we have some Royal Doulton that's holding up well. All the china gets used then put in the dishwasher--haven't had any problems with it.
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For classic French, Raynaud and Bernardaud still make nice pieces. Some of the others, like Deshoulieres and Royal Limoges, make stuff that looks good from afar, but I think they often get the color palate a bit wrong and it looks weird. For French modern, which would align itself with designer as opposed to architectural interiors, I think Coquet is pretty good. It is slightly precious looking, and the plates can be small because they expect restaurant portions, but the quality is really there and it is super durable. For a more modernist look there is a line called Adonde, which is really cool looking. It competes more with Heath than with Raynaud or Lenox, but the shapes are wonderfully done.
For German, KPM has wonderful designs from the last 70 or so years which look good in any situation, but are, at their heart, modernist in the sense of post war non mid century looks. Think Mises rather than Eames. They also have some lovely fascistic pieces with Greek inspired medallions. Don't take fascistic to mean a political philosophy but the corresponding aesthetic one. The quality on all of these is extremely high, better than any of the French or English. For classic German you are looking at high dollars, but KPM makes a few and Meissen makes the most beautiful dragon plates going. You really have to love them, though.
One rung down from these quality-wise is Rosenthal, which is related to the plates Apicius mentioned he has. It is a bit more design and a bit less classic. The Jasper Morrison Moon Plates are about as versatile as you will ever find. Really good quality that can be used even at breakfast. The Tac plates are nice as well.
So, I guess I have some recommendations but I don't know exactly what you want. Take a look at these and let me know. Also price wise there are a lot of ranges.