Tabletop

Rok Hand-powered Espresso Machine

The perfect cup of espresso is hard to replicate at home unless you want to plonk down several hundred (or thousand) dollars. And that’s exactly why some of our tastebuds will perk up when seeing the Rok Espresso Maker. It’s completely hand-powered. It’s also portable, which opens up the options for just where you’ll enjoy a cup of caffeinated loveliness. You’ll need a good espresso grind, some hot water, and your muscles. And maybe some practice. That’s it. Sounds encouraging for the non-expert, doesn’t it? See the video below for more.
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Price: $190.00
Available from: Gessato

Duo Server

How to keep your cheese visually separated from your baguette and/or crackers? By reminding your family/guests that the cheese stays on the marble circle dammit(!). But you’re not obsessive compulsive, are you, so you wouldn’t say something like that and you surely wouldn’t mind a few crumbs encroaching upon your beloved cheese… right? Especially when the pairing of a solid walnut cutting board looks so nice against a white (or dark) marble circle. The parts can be separated and used individually (marble=trivet).
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Price: $180.00
Available from: Leibal

Japanese Porcelain Lidded Bowls

Each piece of this collection is a hybrid of fine porcelain and durable stoneware. The proprietary blend of local clay from Hasami, Nagasaki gives the pieces a soft and smooth touch, yet you’ll find that they’re strong and robust enough for daily use. The collection nests for neat storage and the ash wood lids double as a serving tray, plate, or trivet. Designed in Los Angeles by Taku Shinomoto and made in Japan.
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Price: $54.00 - 125.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Moon Phase Dishes

How about a little lunar imagery on your dishes? This stoneware set has black painted moon phases, and, as each dish is around 3.5″ in diameter, they would be a good fit in the kitchen for smaller portions (snacks) or in a dressing area for coins, jewelry, and other small pocket contents.
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Price: $100.00
Available from: Magpie & Rye

Pitcher with Cup from Lagos del Mundo

Maybe you think this pitcher and cup from Lagos del Mundo doesn’t belong on your ‘must have’ list, but that will all change when you’re sitting outside on a hot summer’s day without an aesthetically pleasing receptacle for a cool, refreshing drink. The ceramic pitcher with cup is handmade from natural clay and glazes; the same materials have been used for over 3,000 years, so you’ll not need to worry about this set ever going out of style.
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Price: $70.00
Available from: Merchant No. 4

Cold Bruer Coffee Brewer

If you thought cold coffee was for snobs or sugar junkies, think again. Cold brew coffee is often less acidic and less bitter than hot brewed coffee, and more palatable with milk. Using a slow-drip process with an adjustable valve, the Cold Bruer Coffee Brewer lets you play around with brew time to get your ideal cup. However, don’t think you’ll pull this sort of cold brewing off in a quick minute; the recommended brew time is a 6-hour span, at a drip per second.
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Price: $80.00
Available from: A+R Store

Tomnuk Walnut Trivet Tray Set

Why should you care about a walnut trivet tray set? Maybe you shouldn’t, as there are much more important things going on in your life, but your dining table just emailed to let me know that it cares an awful lot about not being burnt from hot pots and pans, and why don’t you stop being a slob and protect your nice furniture? That’s what your table said, basically, word for word. You can stack, nest and store these Walnut Trivets from Tomnuk Design, you can even use them as small trays for snacks and other small sundries.
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Price: CAD52.00 - 150.00
Available from: Tomnuk Design

GINO Glass Dripper

Here’s an elegant little coffee dripper that fits directly onto your cup. Made from borosilicate glass, it’s heat and scratch resistant. The dripper has double-walled construction that insulates, and the angle of the cone’s wall and the size of the bottom holes are engineered for an optimal extraction for perfectly brewed coffee. Brew for one or use the Gino Server for two or more.

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Price: $24.00
Available from: notNeutral

SAIC Origin Cuatro Platters

Platters with grids will bring out the best of your OCD, or at least that’s what we’ll hope. SAIC student Allison Rokusek uses various fine-lined grids for the design of these porcelain platters, as she believes grids “help section the world into more digestable pieces.” Makes sense, doesn’t it?
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Price: $3.50 - 21.95
Available from: CB2

Sucabaruca Memphis “Pop” Coffee Service

You better act fast if this coffe service set makes your heart beat faster, as only 10 editions exist. That kind of limited availability halfway explains the price, and once you add in the vibrant, hand mixed color pigments, it makes complete sense. Made by porcelain artist Alissa Coe, the set includes a wood gift box and a small book about the production process of Sucabaruca.

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Price: $890.00
Available from: Mjölk

Wood Salt & Pepper Shakers by Tomnuk Designs

If your current salt & pepper situation is not appropriate for the dinner table, then maybe you need to grow up a teensy bit and buy some nice shakers. These shakers (solid maple salt shaker and solid walnut pepper shaker) have solid brass screw in caps that add a superb touch to an otherwise very minimal tabletop accessory. Handmade by Tomnuk Design founder Jordan Tomnuk.
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Price: $120.00
Available from: Modern Anthology

Doppio Round Cutting Block

Bad news: this Doppio Round Cutting Block is not cheap. It would be so much better if it lost a zero in its price tag, as right now it’s about the price of a very decent armchair. Alas, we’ll settle for appreciating the double layer of marble- the dark side is Nero Marquina marble from Spain and the white is Carrara Marble from Italy- and imagining it upon our tabletops.
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Price: $900.00
Available from: Horne

Hix Marble Serving Board

What the what?!? Can it be? A marble serving board hand-cut with beveled edges? Talk about impressing your guests, fine Agaria Marble in a gem-like shape will make anything you put on it look like a million bucks (probably). Appetizers, charcuterie, you name it, it’s going to look like it came from a chef’s kitchen on this kind of serving board.
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Price: $145.00
Available from: Jayson Home

Essence Modern Wine Decanter

If you’re still struggling to find a gift for a wine lover, might I suggest a modern decanter such as the Essence by Iittala? It’s simple and elegant, and, if your recipient likes color, it is available in a translucent copper ombre as well as a quieter clear glass. A small lip at the mouth ensures precise pouring while the bottom-heavy base provides heft and stability.
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Price: $94.00 - 135.00
Available from: Finn Style

Nusskubus Modern Nutcracker

Remember this? Also called the Cubist Nutcracker by some, this nutcracker by Adam and Harborth does the job in a straightforward way. Place a nut in an appropriately sized indention in the larger cube, take the other smooth cube and place it on top of the nut and then give it a good whack. Voilá, the nut is cracked.
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Price: $39.99
Available from: Nova68