Tabletop

Nomad Carafe

This stainless steel carafe hits all the right notes with its minimalist cork stopper and four nesting cups. Stack the cups and invert them on top of the carafe for an easy to carry stack that’s perfect for picnics or just for transporting a hot or cold beverage from the kitchen to patio. Designed by Hlymur Vagn Atlason.
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Price: $40.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Table Tiles Optic

Add a few stripes and you’ve got a 3D illusion. That’s sure to cause endless rearranging to get different patterns when these coasters are placed together for a table trivet. Two functions in one, plus a pattern play = fun! If you’d rather less stripes and more color blocks, then there’s the plain(er) Table Tiles for your consideration.
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Price: $18.00
Available from: Areaware

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

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’s quite a few subtle colors (you’ll 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: TRNK

Vino Cork Stopper

Why does your wine bottle need a hat? To be clear, it’s a stopper, not a hat, but you can call it what you wish. In the event you are unable to finish a whole bottle of wine in one sitting, this Vino Cork Stopper will save it for later enjoyment. And, it has a trick up its sleeve- turn it over and it may be used as a bottle holder. Two in one!
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Price: $12.00
Available from: Luminaire

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 paint brush, 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

DORO Grill Fork, Set of 2

Is January too cold for gathering around a fire for some S’mores? Some of us think not, and will shortly add this set of 2 DORO Grill Forks to our carts. Simply thread a stick through the holes of the fork to keep it in place, and you have a sturdy fork for vegetables, sausages, or marshmallows, take your pick.
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Price: $19.50
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

Lissoni Salt and Pepper

Should you need an option for no-fuss salt and pepper grinders, consider Piero Lissoni’s pair. Subtle and functional, they’re a smaller scale version of traditional grinders, making them the right size for tabletop use. They’re easy to hold in the palm, and also easy on the wrist thanks to the grinding mechanism at the top. Each fills from the bottom, with a coin to unlock the barrel.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: DWR

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

Cowboy Coffee Kettle

Wait a minute, a coffee kettle without a filter? Pshaw! It might go against everything you’ve ever believed in, but, yes, this kettle is based on the campfire version of coffee and has no filter. Simply bring water to a boil, add your grounds, and let it steep. After 5 minutes, pour your brewed coffee slowly out, preferably while singing this song.
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Price: $90.00
Available from: A+R Store

Cage and Truss Bottle Openers

Why are bottle openers good gifts? Well, everyone runs into a bottle that needs to be opened, especially around the holidays. Plus, these Cage and Truss Bottle Openers are pleasantly hefty and nicely architectural, so they may be left out and admired rather than stuffed away in some drawer.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: A+R Store

Normann Copenhagen Basic Bronze Bar Tools

What do you get your favorite wino oenophile? These Bronze Wine Tools from Normann Copenhagen, that’s what. However, if they’re a true oenophile, they probably already have a preferred opener/set, so they’ll most likely say, ‘oh, that’s so nice of you, but I already have a preferred opener, so please, do keep it for your own use…’ and then you’ll have to pretend to be embarrassed instead of particularly pleased to upgrade your own bar tools to something so streamlined and functional. Win/win, right?
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Price: $16.00 - 21.00
Available from: TRNK

Pinson Carafe

This carafe by designer Céline Frébault (in collaboration with the Sentou gallery) incorporates a rather odd beaker-like handle, which fills when the carafe is full. As far as carafes go, it’s definitely got a high end (semi-mad-scientist?) look… any guesses as to the price? Is it $50, $100, $200?
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Price: $100.00
Available from: Luminaire

Snowe Drink Essentials Set

Bargain glassware has one thing going for it: bargain pricing. But it’s not such a bargain if the glassware breaks after a couple of uses, right? Here’s a drinkware set that’s durable, elegant, and rather affordable. A set of four glasses are paired with a tall carafe; all are made in Italy of lead-free crystallized glass that is both ultra-clear and break resistant. Quality and beauty combined? Yes, please. This might be an excellent gift, by the way- you may want to bookmark it for a nice housewarming or holiday gift option.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: Snowe

Soma Black Pitcher

Soma has just released a limited edition Pitcher in black, and doesn’t it look nice? Just like the carafe, the lid features a pour-through lid that automatically opens when you add water. The all-natural filters are biodegradable, and you can choose to have them delivered every 2 months for $12.99 each, with free shipping. Oh, and if you want to feel better about yourself, know that every purchase includes a $15 donation to global water projects.
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Price: $49.00
Available from: Soma