Bowls Trays

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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Purchase Information:

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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Purchase Information:

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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Purchase Information:

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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Purchase Information:

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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Purchase Information:

Price: $185.00
Available from: jcp

Riviera tray

Need an elegant landing pad for your precious phone, keys, and other pocket contents? The Riviera tray is hand made with solid wood, and the only decoration is the interwoven slats of the two sides. The resulting appearance, while austere, is surprisingly fresh and, not to sound too pretentious, timeless.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $175.00
Available from: DESU DESIGN

Felt Tray

If you’re not in need of a tray or two to catch miscellany around your home or office, congratulations, you deserve a tip of the hat. For the rest of us, a felt tray would be an excellent spot to keep our smaller devices, keys, wallet, remotes, etc. The felt material would soften the clatter of contents, and give you a designated catch-all for whatever you deem appropriate.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00 - 32.00
Available from: Poketo

What is it?

So, what’s your best guess? It’s around 16″ deep, with one side about 4.5″ in length and the other about 7.5″. It’s not a table per se, but it does function as a surface. (Hint: it has something to do with a sofa.)

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Purchase Information:

Price: CAD150.00 - 275.00
Available from: BlisscraftandBrazen's Etsy Shop

Plateau PÖL

Don’t say you don’t need a desktop organizer because you’ll just sound all put together and organized. These trays by Caroline Gomez offer two ways to give order to chaos: the plateau is a simple surface with two compartments for small accessories and the tablette tray offers rails to hold cards, photographs and notes.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €35.00
Available from: Orphan Socks

Mineral Plate

Yep, it’s a plate with a strange sort of image- minerals, to be exact. Why would you need something such as this? You don’t, of course, but you might want a plate with weird mineral formation imagery just to appreciate/celebrate the strange and wondrous things found in nature, especially when the imagery has such nice color combinations. There’s little info available as to food safety, but I’d say any of these are more suited to catching keys and miscellany, just so you could see it each day instead of being tucked away in a cabinet.

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Purchase Information:

Price: £79.00
Available from: do shop

Steel Tray vs. Corian Tray

Next up, ladies and gentlemen, we have a tray smackdown! Steel versus Corian, white versus white, handles up versus handles flat, all very exciting. Which one has the lower price of $79 and which one has the higher price tag of $335?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $79.00 / 335.00
Available from: Room & Board / shopHorne.com

Kaleido Trays

Yes, yes, and yes. This collection of powder-coated steel trays stack together for easy storage. Just how many places could you use them in? Kitchen, bathroom, office, anywhere where you need a little help organizing the bits and bobs associated with your daily life. And, if I may say so, the colors are excellent in their unexpectedness.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00 and up
Available from: A+R Store

Bias Tray

If you fall in love with all things angular, here’s a trapezoid tray that will tickle your fancy. While it was made to live on the accompanying Bias Large Ottoman, you might do better by mixing things up a bit and putting it on top of a credenza or dresser to corral smaller items. However, do keep in mind this is one large tray (32.25″ W X 22.5″ D), so it might only fit on a large ottoman if your other case goods tend towards the small size.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $340.00
Available from: YLiving

Perimeter Trays

It’s not often that a tray will make you sit up and take notice, but this Perimeter Tray designed by by Dylan Davis and Jean Lee of Ladies and Gentlemen Studio has some of us wondering if we have an extra $200 to conjure out of our wallets. A removable marble plate is perfect for cheese, if you choose to use it in the kitchen/dining regions of your home. Choose between an aluminum (red + black) or brass (white + brass) frame.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $175.00 – 210.00
Available from: Unison

Cork Tray

It’s a cork tray. You might think it’s a little ho-hum/boring, but I’d wager a guess it would be entirely useful when it comes to shuttling things back and forth from the kitchen to table (or sofa, if that’s your preferred spot). Cork is renewable and recyclable, as you know, but the main function here is that it would keep your cups of tea/biscuits/etc. from sliding around and making a mess. However, if you should spill, no worries, as it can be wiped clean with a wet cloth.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $29.95
Available from: YLiving