Bowls Trays

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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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

WrongWoods Tray

Can’t afford the $7,150 WrongWoods Long Credenza? How about the $2,970 WrongWoods Night Table? If your response to both these questions is rolling your eyes and wishing for the umpteenth time you’ll win the lottery, you need to take in this number: $220. It’s a tray, which is significantly smaller than a credenza or cabinet, hence the significantly smaller price tag. It’s still not cheap, of course, as it is a collaboration between British artist Richard Woods and designer Sebastian Wrong, but it does give you a chance to appreciate (and own) their work on a smaller scale.

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Price: $275.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Museum Shop

Aurelie Felt Bowl

Why do you need a big, felt bowl? Well, for starters, it could sit by the front door and catch all that miscellany that you bring in everyday. Keys, mail, cats… or maybe not the latter if you’re not fond of feline creatures. The interlocking pieces of felt create a patterned texture that will add interest to the room and the generous size allows you to tidy up areas prone to chaos. The Aurelie bowl is designed by artist Aurelie Tu and assembled by women and youth in transition in Portland, Oregon.
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Price: $269.00
Available from: Room & Board

Avva Keeper

Very similar to the Avva S+P Shakers, the Avva Keeper features embedded magnet closures to keep contents secure. What you put in this little container is entirely up to you; it’s sized for those smaller things in life- keys, cufflinks, coins- that need safekeeping, especially as those small, important things tend to hide or disappear completely just at the moment you need them.

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Price: $25.60
Available from: Teroforma

Design by Conran Stacking Trays

Contrary to what one would expect, a set of stacking trays that doesn’t offend the eyes is slightly hard to find nowadays. That explains why you’re seeing this set of 3 trays by Conran. They’re rather large and have pleasing neutral colors that would most likely work with your color scheme. So, whether you use them for mail and keys near the front door or in the closet for jewelry and accessories, they’ll blend right in and, more importantly, give you a landing pad to keep things handy.
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Price: $185.00
Available from: jcp