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iittala Decanter

What’s better than a nice glass of wine? One that’s been opened up and allowed to breathe. Yeah, that’s right, I’m admitting it, I aerate my wine. If you’re not already smirking at my inane talk regarding a subject I know little about, you might be interested to know that this decanter is designed for aerating wine, and pairs nicely with any of iittala’s wine glasses, if you have them.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: 2modern

Iittala Kulku Dinnerware

Inspired by Oiva Toikka’s Kastehelmi (Dewdrop) collection, this dinnerware set is intended for holiday use, yet I think it would work just fine throughout the year. The red and grey colors are festive, sure, yet the dot pattern isn’t so “holiday” that you’d look strange using it in May or June.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $27.00 and up
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Fork-Knife Chopsticks

If you’re a klutz when it comes to chopsticks, this might be a good alternative. It’s a knife and fork set that interlocks to become a pair of spring-loaded chopsticks. Now, while this seems quite clever, I doubt that many people in a restaurant would congratulate you for bringing your own utensils, so perhaps this is more of a stay-at-home item.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Chemex Coffeemaker

Cyber monday, blah, blah, blah. I’m sure you’re busy clicking on all the deals flooding your inbox, and the best of luck to you. While you do that, some older posts will get some much needed updates here on BLTD, with current links and prices.

If I drank coffee, I’d make it out of this coffeemaker; there’s something awfully nice about the simplicity of no buttons or blinking lights. Made out of an hourglass-shaped glass flask, this coffeemaker was invented by a chemist, and therefore brews coffee by a chemically correct method. All that’s needed is coffee, hot water, and a separate Chemex bonded filter (sold separately).

Dishwasher- and microwave-safe. Set of 100 filters sold separately.
Designer: Peter Schlumbohm, 1941
Size: 9.5h x 6″diam.

(Originally posted Aug 27, 2009.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.90
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Altered Antique Plates

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your odd-yet-lovely family and friends! Have a safe and happy holiday weekend; posts will return as usual on Monday.

Shown: Altered Antique Plates by BeatUpCreations. May be used for serving or just as an interesting art piece. Each plate costs anywhere from $25 to $100.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00 - 100.00
Available from: BeatUpCreations Etsy Shop

Source: [BB-blog]

Scrabble Letter Mugs

AMAZING. 19, double word score, 38 points. Delight your favorite wordsmith or board games player with these Scrabble-inspired mugs. Game on!
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Purchase Information:

Price: $11.95
Available from: Spoon Sisters

Poketo Color Dipped Mug

How’s this for a beautiful and classy mug? It may not replace your “Best Mom/Dad Ever mug”, but if you’re in the market for a new coffee-sipper this could do the trick. It has a similar charm to the Pantone mugs, but a closer inspection will reveal handmade qualities such as the glaze being hand dipped. Made in Japan and microwave and dishwasher safe.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00
Available from: Poketo

Coupe Monochrome Bone China Collection

Now, let’s not be hasty in calling each other dinnerware-obssessed nutcases (as referenced in the 24h Tuokio Tableware post). At times, it’s entirely appropriate to remember the name and pieces of certain collections, especially if they’re as graphic as this one. All pieces are dishwasher and microwave safe, so they’re appropriate for everyday use (thank goodness).
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Purchase Information:

No longer available.
Originally available from moddea

Source: moddea

Soapstone Shot Cups

Besides the lovely bluish hue, did you know that non-porous soapstone will not trap flavor or odors? And that it keeps your favorite beverage cold? Now, back to the lovely bluish-black hue, let’s hope that’s not just the spotlights creating the color, because it’s something special. Designed by Thea Mehl for Teroforma’s Ekke series and sold as a set of four.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00 s/4
Available from: A+R Store

Castiglioni Splugen Bottle Opener

Never underestimate a good bottle opener; the same goes for a corkscrew. If you use it often, a well designed opener can make the experience of removing the lid of your beer or beverage even better, while using a poorly designed one can be quite irritating, and even dangerous (if and when inebriated). This bottle opener was originally designed in 1960 by Achille Castiglioni for the Splugen Brau bar project in Milan. Also, note that this is tagged in our gift guide, for your future reference.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Available from: hivemodern.com

WineSkin

At the risk of sounding like a pretentious wino, when you travel with wine, you want it to make sure it arrives unharmed. And when that wine is, say, a little expensive (why else would you travel with it) you’d do well to invest $4 in making sure it’s protected. This durable vinyl WineSkin has a double closure and an interior bubble pack that acts as an insulating shock absorber. It’s meant for one-time use (thumbs down), but it is recyclable (thumbs up), so you can hopefully shed any residual guilt from your conspicuous consumption.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $4.00
Available from: MoMA Store

24h Tuokio Tableware

If you would like a more established tableware set (i.e. nicer than what you bought at IKEA), you could do a whole lot worse than this set from Heikki Orvola. If you’re a complete dinnerware-obsessed nutcase*, you might recognize the 24h series, which Orvola designed for his own use. While perhaps the collection didn’t necessarily need improvement, Finnish designer duo Helorinne & Kallio added a little pep and pizazz (for lack of a better term) with the blue brushstroke pattern.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00 and up
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Meeting Carafe and Glasses

If you’re a minimalist that likes a little bit of decorative detail, perhaps you’ll like the Meeting collection from Sagaform. Subtle black stripes surround the base of a carafe and a couple of stacking glasses, making a nice set for having a drink (of water or something stronger) at home or the office.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00 - 30.00
Available from: Rare Device

KeepCup

Still looking for a suitable commuter cup? Check out this recyclable KeepCup: it’s lightweight, has an interchangeable lid (if you get a couple of different sizes), and a silicone band to protect your hand. The 8 and 12 oz. sizes fit under espresso machines, so you can take it to your local coffee shop for a fill up. It’s dishwasher and microwave safe too. Also available in Gray + White and Black + Green.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00-16.00
Available from: Branch

Fold Unfold Tablecloth

This might look like it’s been carefully dip-dyed, but it’s actually digitally printed, which explains the vibrant colors and perfect pattern. In fact, I’d say just try to do this at home, and if you replicate it successfully, I’ll send you a handmade ‘well done’ ribbon. Designed by Copenhagen-based textile and color designer Margrethe Odgaard, and created for Hay Denmark.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $160.00
Available from: A+R Store