Bowls Trays

Chinoiserie Tray

Spring fever is now spreading fast and furious, and this tray might just fit the bill for adding some visual greenery in your home. Åry has been manufacturing birch wood trays in Sweden for over 50 years, and with Michael Angove’s drawing as its decoration, it’s a winner for sure.
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Purchase Information:

Price: £25.95
Availability: Buy Chinoiserie Tray here

Cross Tray Birch

Call me crazy, but I like the birch version of this tray so much more than the white. Thankfully, the tray is much less than the Cross and Crux blankets, so there’s hope of adding it to one’s home decor sooner rather than later. There’s also a smaller size (31 cm) for 250kr, which works out to be around $37.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $~ 52.00
Available from: Pia Wallen

Grip-Tray Serving Tray

This tray is serious about keeping things right where you want. It features a high-grip surface of smooth rubber studs (top and underside) so that your plates, glasses, and cutlery all make it safely from the kitchen to table and back. Available in two sizes and four different colors.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00 - 25.00
Available from: Lumens

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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Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Available from: The Utility Collective

Appo Tray

This tray/bottle stopper is something to consider, as it gives empty (or half empty) bottles a purpose. There’s an especially nice option when using several different types of bottles with different heights, as it would give your table a useful centerpiece for hors d’oeuvres (aka appetizers) while saving space. Designed by Carlo Trevisani for Seletti, the Appo Tray is made from cork.

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Purchase Information:

Price: €49.95
Available from: I/OBJECT

Mango Wood Plate

Originally $39, this mango wood plate is on sale now for 40% off, which makes it even more affordable. Considering the size, it would make a great catch-all near the front door for mail, keys, etc. Plus, it’s always nice to have some natural elements scattered around a modern home; it keeps interiors from looking too stuffy and perfect.

Bowl measures approximately 11″ in diameter and 1.5″ tall.

Purchase Information:

Price: $23.50
Available from: Magpie & Rye

“Adjust-a-Bowl” Soft Cork Bowl

I have an aversion to fruit bowls, or rather, an aversion to styled fruit bowls; mainly I blame the first issue of Dwell and the manifesto found within. It planted a little seed of awareness, and ever since I’ve shied away from piling fruit up within a bowl, preferring to let it sit in disarray on my counter. I made a semi-conscious decision to let my home look lived in- not too perfect or too organized- and this tiny little decision was a sort of a symbolic flipping of ‘the bird’ (a la Flight Of the Conchords) to all those perfect shellacked photos that I wondered (and sometimes drooled) over in shelter magazines.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $34.00- 48.00
Available from: Branch Home

Blow Bowls

The Blow Bowl is an interesting mix of textures and materials, combining mouth-blown glass with synthetic red or blue rope handles (comes with both). Designed by Alexis Georgacopoulos for ENO, Paris.

Materials: Blown glass, rope
High Dimensions: 8.6″ diameter x 9.8″ high
Low Dimensions: 13.7″ diameter x 3.1″ high

 

Purchase Information:

Price: $208.00
Availability: Buy Blow Bowls here

Concrete Bowls for BETONIU by Stephan Schulz

I came across the portfolio site of Stephan Schulz today and these concrete bowls made me do a double take.

They reflect the light just like polished natural stone, they feel comfortable and smooth cradled in your hands. The lips of the bowls – only a few millimeters thick – show that concrete is a material that can be used for the finest work, at the same time demonstrating where its limits lie; here, it has been taken to its limit.

Setting a minimalist accent, this set of four hand-made bowls presents an apparently everyday material in a new context. The bowls have a mobile quality; playing with the usual cliché of the hard rigidity and weight of concrete; they can rock back and forth, while drawing their stability from the increasing wall thickness towards the base.

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Purchase Information:

Price: €29.00 and up
Available from: Betoniu

Porcelain Trays at West Elm

I love this little porcelain tray from West Elm. I think this is the perfect place to put my phone, wallet and keys when I come home after work. It would also be a really cute place for jewelry or make-up or anything that needs a bit of organizing.

$16 for the big one, $6 for the little one. Currently they have free shipping. For $22 you can make out like a bandit and organize to your hearts content!
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Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Available from: West Elm

Porcelain Vide poche

What is a ‘Vide poche’? It’s a valet tray for keeping your keys and coins and such (the literal translation is glove compartment, or according to this site, empty pocket). This collection from {far4} has some friendly illustrations that are bound to fit anywhere you need a little tray to catch your odds and ends.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: {far4}

Funny Little Trays

Love these trays from Fishs Eddy. Perfect for keys, coins, notes, whatever. Could be a great gift for someone too…

Shown above:
Guest Check Tray, $7.95
Admit One Tray, $7.95

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Purchase Information:

Price: $5.95 and up
Available from: Fishs Eddy

Fat Tray from Alessi

This tray will cut your trips to and from the dining room in half. It’s a bamboo wood container with a lid that also acts as a tray, meaning you can put dishes and such inside and have a second layer to stack food or drinks. A moveable separator inside keeps things organized.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $146.00
Available from: Unica Home

Amelia Snail Dish

Apparently this polished stainless steel dish by Lluis Clotet is an homage to the characters from the novels of the Spanish poet Foix (of which a context is not so easy to find). Whatever the homage, there’s no doubt that this dish could be a functional art piece, though it would hurt to see it get scratches, wouldn’t it?

Dimension: 1.5 in. H x 7.25 in. Diam.
Designer: Lluis Clotet

Also available for £34.00 at Design Museum Shop.

Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Available from: Fitzsu

Neo’s Crocheted Rubber Bowls

Crocheted Rubber! Apparently they feel soft and silky, and given that they’re made from neoprine rubber, it’s an elegant contrast of traditional methods (i.e. crochet) with unexpected materials. They’d be excellent little bowls to hold all sorts of things given their strength and durability.

Available in Black, Gray or White.

Small, 7″x 7″x 4″(h): $48.00
Medium, 9″x 9″x 4.75″(h): $64.00
Large, 11.5″x 11.5″x 5.5″(h): $89.00
(Sizes nest together)

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Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Available from: Gretel Home