Bowls Trays

Wooden Bowls and Round Box

Don’t tell me you don’t need a few bowls and boxes to stash miscellany, because then we’ll all feel inferior to your mad minimalist lifestyle. Plus, this grouping of Wooden Bowls and Round Box are the sort of objects that organize and elevate everyday clutter. Odds and ends will be hidden away inside while a beautiful oak object is left to be admired. The Wooden Bowls, above, have a hollow base in the bottom and a shallower, fine bowl at the top, so smaller items like keys and coins can be kept at hand. The Round Box, shown below, offers a hiding spot for jewelry and knick-knacks, or even your smartphone and tablet.
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Price: $159.00 - 249.00
Available from: Leibal

Nomess Display Box

Let’s hope that the soothing shades of blue on this three piece tray set will aid your organizational skills, and encourage you to put your stuff where it belongs. It’s not hard, you know, you just put in a little extra effort and your home can neat and tidy (says the person who has project folders scattered all over her desk and empty cardboard boxes in the foyer). Keep the trays together for a color study look, or separate them throughout your home for multiple landing pads for gadgets, keys, and odd accessories.
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Price: $120.00
Available from: Huset Shop

Gemma Box

It’s a box, so what? Well, it is a box, and, at first glance, you’d think it’s a solid block of wood. However, there’s a bit of trompe l’oeil going on, and to those who know, the lid is held in place by a magnet, so there’s little to hint it holds precious things inside. The Gemma Box is available in Large and Tall sizes and Oak or Ash wood.
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Price: $59.00 - 69.00
Available from: Hem

Karui Trays

Pretty, jewel-tone leather contrasts nicely with the polished brass perimeters of the Karui Trays by Gam Fratesi for Skultuna. “Karui” means “light” and “soft” in Japanese (there, look at that, you learned something), which echoes the minimal feel of the circular shape and soft leather surfaces. Pair a couple up for a vanity or entry area, and try not to gravitate towards them every time you pass by.
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Price: $134.00 - 336.00
Available from: Suite NY

100% Trays from Blu Dot

A set of colorful steel trays will do wonders for your organizational skills, especially as you can nest all three together for an excellent color grouping or separate them for individual use. Sunglasses and keys would suddenly have their own spot, or your jewelry, or those office supplies… so many things would look right at home when corralled within the bent edge surfaces. Sold in a set of three.
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Price: $79.00
Available from: Blu Dot

JOY N. 3 Tray Enamel Paint

A faceted blue tray is exactly the sort of landing spot you need for your prized possessions. Maybe it’ll be for today’s snail mail, your keys, and your wallet when you get home after a long day, or maybe you’ll choose to display a short stack of books or magazines on your coffee table. Either way, you will want to clear it off every so often just so you can fully appreciate the reflection of light off its surface. Made from a steel sheet, the tray goes through a sophisticated molding technique to create the faceted texture. There’s also the JOY N. 1 Bowl, pictured below.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $120.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

General Tray Artist Edition

We featured Good Thing’s General Tray back in February, but now they’re offering the tray in artist editions. Interested? Six different New York based artists are participating, and there’s only three one-of-a-kind pieces by each artist, so you’d best add your favorite version to your cart lickety-split or else you’ll miss out. They’d be the perfect hold-alls for your miscellany. Maybe with an artist’s edition you’re more likely to put things away so you can see the tray? Let’s say so, shall we?
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Price: $250.00
Available from: Good Thing

TR-001W Trays

Why should you care about these aluminum, powder coated trays from LIXHT? Well, they’d be good for organizing stacks of odds and ends, or for transporting things from one place to another. They’re also lightweight and have a very thin profile. On a personal note, I ordered both the small and large size after LIXHT emailed us, and now a previously messy stack of material samples suddenly looks purposeful and organized*.
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Price: $58.00 - 68.00
Available from: LIXHT

General Series by Good Thing NY

Don’t assign any piece of the General Series by Good Thing NY to just one function, as they’re meant to fulfill myriad needs around the home or office. A hard timber handle makes it easy to carry each bucket, bowl, or tray from one place to another, and the spun aluminum base/container should withstand a fair amount of wear and tear. Use them in the kitchen for serving food stuffs, in the office for corralling supplies, or in a living area or bedroom to catch various bits and bobs that need a home.
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Price: $44.00 - 54.00
Available from: Good Thing NY

Charcoal Ridge Tray by Yield Design Co

We’ve established that trays are good to have, haven’t we? For smaller items, consider this Charcoal Ridge Tray. It’s the perfect size for holding cards, jewelry, or pens and pencils, and can be grouped together with additional trays and the Ridge Stand for more organization options.
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Price: $32.00
Available from: Social Studies

9.9.2 Box : Tray

What’s the big deal about a walnut tray? Well, if you own anything, you know that little things tend to multiply, and it helps to have a tray handy to corral important things together. For instance, in the living area, a tray, such as the 9.9.2 Box you see above, would be an ideal spot to hold magazines and those unsightly TV remotes. In the kitchen, a tray would make a short job of setting the table- you can carry an armload’s worth of stuff safely to and fro. Use one in the office for an important stack of papers or in the bedroom for a safe spot for your phone, keys, and other pocket contents. The 9.9.2 Box : Tray is handmade from solid four quarter American black walnut. Check out OnOurTable to see more of their Box Collection, as various sizes (some with lids) are available.
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Price: $190.00
Available from: OnOurTable

Everyday Trays

This set of trays have nicely sculpted basins that would work well as catch-alls for all sorts of things: office supplies, jewelry, keys and coins… you name it. Finished by hand with a food safe oil, you might even want to use them in the dining or kitchen area for snacks or other small food dishes. Made from solid white oak.

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Price: $125.00
Available from: The Utility Collective

Vintage Printed Trays

Forgive me, but I’m a little in love with the Vintage Printed Trays from Robyn Glaser. How could I not be, when we’re talking about updating older wooden trays with a geometric pattern that’s sure to catch the eye as well as all manner of miscellany around the house? Suddenly I’m inspired to round up every wooden tray I find on ebay and try my own hand at adding triangle patterns, though I’m guessing my attempt won’t look near as nice as these.
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Price: $210.00
Available from: Robyn Glaser Home

Aluminum Tray by Piet Hein Eek

What’s so great about an Aluminum Tray? Other than the fact it’s from Piet Hein Eek and his fascination of the technical possibilities of aluminum (specifically, when combined with a stamping machine), you can rest easy knowing that it’ll take a beating and still do the job of holding whatever you might need to transport to and from the desk or dining table. Or, if you intend to set it upon a surface merely to corral mail and/or other miscellany, it certainly adds a certain machine aesthetic that you may find as a nice contrast to your other wooden pieces.

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Price: $120.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

Standing Bowl

If you have a very good memory, you probably remember seeing this bowl before when Gregory Buntain, of Fort Standard, shared his holiday Gift Ideas. It’s well past the shopping frenzy that is December, but I still have my eye on the Standing Bowls, and their splendid “architecturally inspired” planar legs. Each bowl is finished with a food safe powder coating, so it’d be just at home in the kitchen or dining room as anywhere else.
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Price: $84.00 - 110.00
Available from: Fort Standard