Tabletop

Sphere Bottle Opener

It’s a smooth, round bottle opener that fits the palm of your hand perfectly. What else could you ask for, besides a good beer or two? Consider it for your next housewarming or host/hostess gift if the new homeowner or host/hostess likes a certain bottled beverage. Available in black or natural wood.
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Price: $18.00
Available from: Areaware

Ping Pong Cocktail Trays

See these paddle-shaped, melamine cocktail trays? They’re for your guests, so they can stand around and comfortably hold their plate piled high with hors d’oeuvres while shaking hands and sipping drinks. Their thumb goes through the hole for firm grip, and that little detail decreases the likelihood of someone spilling something that will stain your rug. And, yes, who knows, maybe an impromptu game of Ping Pong will break out once everyone has relaxed a little. Take note of the date that Vico Magistretti designed this set: 1987.
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Price: $40.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Ete Plate

Problems with portion control? Join the club. The Ete plate can help, as it has portion sizes drawn directly on the plate. Fill the veggie portion up, cut your meat portion to fit, or follow the color guides for a mixed dish. See? It’s super simple, even a kid could get the hang of it. And, for every ten plates sold, one goes to a high school or academic institution. Back the project over at Indiegogo to get your own ($15), or a set of two ($40), four ($60) or six ($90).
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Indiegogo

Source: Fast Company

Copper Chemistry Carafe and Glasses

A little copper makes a big difference in this drinkware set. The copper bands wrapped around each piece are like cummerbunds; it’s pretty obvious someone’s dressed up for a fancy occasion. And, just like a cummerbund, the copper band could be kept on all the time for a dressier look, or you could take it off to bathe put the set in the dishwasher or go for a more casual appearance. Okay, let’s forget how funny tuxedos are and take a moment to admire the copper feature, and how it will develop a nice patina over time.
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Price: $22.00 - 45.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Ceylon Pitcher

Regular water is so offensive. Personally, I only drink lemon-infused water or cucumber-mint water. That’s a big fat fib, but I certainly could drink my water that way every single day if this pitcher was in my fridge. Iced tea or fruit infused water is super easy to make and have on hand with the Ceylon Pitcher. The removable filter allows for easy separation of leaves or fruit and the oval shape is sized to fit your fridge.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: CB2

Jellies Family

A little prettiness is entirely expected during summer soirees, so maybe you’ll want to add a new set of tumblers or trays to your tabletop. Kartell’s Jellies Family is pretty, of course, and it’s made from colorful and transparent PMMA plastic. This shouldn’t be a surprise since Kartell is well known for their use of plastic in furniture and other accessories, yet the Jelly pieces just look so much nicer than what you’d expect from plain ol’ plastic. Patricia Urquiola designed the collection with an organic pattern in mind, with jelly moulds being a primary inspiration.
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Price: $76.00 +
Available from: YLiving

Jug + Cup by Aldo Bakker for Particles

Prepare yourself for some oddity in the drinkware department, for the Porcelain Jug from the collection by Aldo Bakker for Particles is one strange beast of a receptacle. When full, the jug balances on its backside for easy pouring; when empty, it prefers to be flipped downwards, so that its opening may cover a cup. As you were warned, it’s a little strange, but also sort of wonderful in its sculptural form.
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Price: €325.00
Available from: Wannekes

Lift Trivet

If you’re going to save your table from scorch marks, you might as well do so with something pretty. The Lift Trivet is made from solid brass bent in a graceful ‘s’ shape to keep those hot pots and pans off those delicate wood surfaces. It’s simple and shiny: just what your table didn’t know it needed.
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Price: $48.00
Available from: DESU DESIGN

Push Coffee Maker by Muuto

Mette Duedahl’s Push Coffee Maker is made of a warm grey stoneware in a rounded shape, which seems a little friendlier to touch and hold than the normal glass carafes used in most households. You’ll find the plunger is made of steel, so no worries as to the durability of daily use, and the lid is clear plastic, allowing you to check the progress of the brew. Duedahl’s Coffee Mugs look to be excellent companions to the Push Coffee Maker; I’ll keep my eyes out for a North American retailer.
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Price: $166.00
Available from: A+R Store

Drink Rocks by Runa Klock

Drink rocks aren’t the most appealing idea, mostly because the two words don’t sound like the best of friends. Who wants a rock in their drink? Not me…but, maybe we should be a little more open to the idea, especially because Runa Klock has made this set from soapstone and marble, and each rock has a very appealing geometric shape. Come to think of it, they’re the sort of thing I’d like to set on a bookshelf to see, or on a table to pick up and hold, so why not see if they can cool my drink?
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Price: $38.00
Available from: Poketo

Ruban Bottle Opener

This might win the award for most minimal bottle opener, if such a thing existed. The Ruban is made from bended stainless steel, blasted on the lower portion and polished on the upper for a nice contrast. Maybe it’s the most indestructible opener as well…at least when it comes to normal household usage- I’m sure if you wanted to destroy it, you could.
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Price: €55.00
Available from: Contexte

Ora Teapot and Tea Cup Set

The same guy responsible for the x3 Watering Can, Paul Loebach, designed this double-walled glass teapot. There’s no need for a handle, as the insulating outer glass wall never gets too hot to handle. Hold, carry, and pour your tea with ease. To complete the set, add the Ora Tea Cups to the mix. (Note: the teapot and cup set would make a nice gift for certain upcoming events.)
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Price: $45.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Wine Breather Carafe Deluxe

If your mother likes wine, maybe you could get this “deluxe” Wine Breather Carafe for Mother’s Day next weekend. The updated gold-plated lid makes it special, while the function remains the same as the original Wine Breather. Simply invert a bottle of wine on the carafe for hands-free decanting. After aeration, use the carafe for serving or return the wine to the original bottle.
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Price: $74.95
Available from: Lumens

Honey Pot & Oak Dipper

Maybe you like your honey in a cute jar or bottle, but there are some of us who would like a honey receptacle to be visually quiet and serviceable, and to preferably reduce any drips that seem unavoidable with plastic bottles and lids. I’m thinking a glass jar is the way to go, and there are two that seem to fit the bill. Above you see the LSA Serve Honey Pot & Oak Dipper. It’s made of mouth-blown glass and has a ridged oak dipper for dispensing. The Honey Jar w/ Silicone Spoon from Blomus (below) is also a glass jar, yet it features a silicone spoon for drizzling. Which one is best*?
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Price: $23.39 - 50.00
Available from: Amara

Droog Optic Glasses

Here’s another item from long ago that’s worth remembering the next time your drinking glasses need a reboot. Droog’s Optic Glasses have both concave and convex lenses and create an optical fun house in your hand. Also, the knobby surface is rather comfortable to hold, as your hand has a better grip.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $51.75
Available from: Molecule