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Indigo Splatter Ceramics by Chris Earl

An indigo splattered coffee cup is just what your tea or coffee would like to live in (however briefly) before you sip/gulp/slurp it down. Los Angeles-based designer Chris Earl is the man with the blue paintbrush, and he splatters indigo glaze across his hand-thrown tumblers, coffee cups and bowls with equal enthusiasm.
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Price: $40.00+
Available from: Chris Earl

15.0% Ice Cream Spoon

Before you roll your eyes at a $45 spoon, you need to know this is a very special spoon, for ice cream. It uses your body heat to cut through your frozen favorite flavor, which makes your “scooping experience” effortless. The solid aluminum spoon has a thermal conductivity of 237 W/mK (watts per meter kelvin), so you’ll be slicing through your mint chocolate chip/vanilla/rocky road with ease, like an ice-cream-eating ninja. And, of course, if you are searching for a gift for someone that adores their ice cream, you now know what to get.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Standing Coffee Measure Spoon

Is $40 too much for a coffee measure spoon? Well, do you drink coffee every day, or often enough to appreciate that this spoon stands up on its own, even full of coffee beans? Designed by Masaharu Asano, this spoon is easy to grab and comfortable to hold. Its curves and angled tilt are all intended to improve the coffee-making process.
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Price: $40.00
Available from: Spoon & Tamago

Kartio Glassware

Glassware may not be the most exciting thing to you, but, hey, you use it every single day for your juice/water/spirits. Why not upgrade to something more visually appealing than the mix-matched set you’ve had since college? You can’t go wrong with Iittala’s Kartio Collection, as the series dates back to 1958, when Kaj Franck first created their simple, balanced design. There are quite a few subtle colors (you’re sure to find something to suit your preferences) and they’re durable enough for everyday use.
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Price: $22.00 - 28.00
Available from: AllModern

Splash, Petal, and Plough Serving Boards

These platters by Gareth Neal use digital manufacturing techniques to create inset lines, boxes, and ripples on the surface of the wood. And, yes, they do all look very intriguing thanks to these carved shapes and textures, but they are also quite functional, as these features provide resting spots for your favorite foods and their necessary crumbs and juices.
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Brass Lotus Root Bottle Opener

Does anyone collect bottle openers? If so, this one is a must have, as it masquerades as a thin slice of lotus root. Pretty, isn’t it? Made of solid brass, it could make a lovely little gift for anyone who likes their bottled beverages.
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Price: $85.00
Available from: ACACIA

Profile Servers

Don’t these salad servers look like they should be on the set of a futuristic movie? The ridged profile of extruded aluminum nests neatly in a bowl, drawer, or hook. You could even go super edgy and serve single portions on on the servers, as a sort of skinny dish (image below).
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Umbra Shift

InsideOut Wood Trivet

Trivets aren’t usually the topic of conversation at the dinner table, but you may find yourself sharing the source of this one when your guests repeatedly ask. The playful swirls and loops of the InsideOut trivet protects your tabletop while looking like a fun, artistic centerpiece. Use just one for a small dish, or line several up in a row for a larger diner party.
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Price: $24.00-32.00
Available from: Gretel Home

De JONG & Co. Walnut Salt and Pepper Mills

Need a nice salt or pepper mill? After all, you are an adult now, and not just any salt and pepper shakers will do. De JONG & Co. provides these lovely hand-turned shapes, which are perfectly functional and lovely to use. Don’t limit yourself to just salt and pepper either; each mill can be used for coffee beans or other spices. They also have beautiful serving boards available directly from their website, De JONG & Co..
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Price: $150.00
Available from: Spartan Shop

Tic-Tac-Trivet

Okay, sign me up- it’s a Tic-Tac-Toe game and a trivet. Fun for your family and friends, and functional. The five Xs and five Os also can double as drink coasters. Three uses, all in one product- score!
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Price: $40.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Ridge Kitchen Set

What about buying something for tabletop for a change? The Ridge set somehow hits a new-yet-vintage vibe, and the hand blown pieces with their rippled surface is sure to be a hit when you’re proffering beverages. The collection is now back in stock, thankfully.
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Price: $28.00 - 40.00
Available from: Areaware

Skultuna Basso Coaster

No more wine or champagne drips on your precious tabletop, because this Skultuna Basso Coaster will set the bottle dead center each and every time, thanks to its raised center surface. Did you know that indentation at the bottom of bottles is known as a punt or kick-up? Good luck trying to fit that into a conversation without appearing like a complete nerd.
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Price: $135.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Spiral Trivet Set

Look! You get three trivets that easily nest together to form one. Kinda fun, right? The spiral-shaped aluminum trivets protect your tabletop from those hot pans and dishes, and they easily stash away when nested.
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Price: $24.00
Available from: good thing

Kinto Brewer Stand Set SS

Here’s the brewer stand for you. There’s a stainless steel base, a porcelain brewer, and a heat-resistant glass server. The industrial vibe is anything but fussy, thank goodness. The inner side of the stand’s ring is edged to hold the brewer steady, and the stand’s height is easily adjustable to allow for other vessels from a mug to a bigger server. If you’d like something a little more classy, do be sure to check out the Kinto Brewer Stand in walnut/brass.
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Aulenti Flatware

You may recognize this flatware, as its minimalist vibe harks back to 1970. 1970? Wait, what? Wasn’t that before some of us were born? Yeah, maybe, but let’s appreciate how certain timeless designs remain relevant no matter the decade. Fun fact: Gae Aulenti was one of Italy’s most prolific architects, known for several large-scale museum projects, including the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Contemporary Art Gallery at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: Gessato