Tabletop

Even and Odd Dinner Plates

Evens or Odds? Pick your side with these number dinner plates. Also, if you want to be all matchy-matchy, here’s some Numbered Cocktail Napkins (shown below).

10″ Round
Set of 4: Even or Odd
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Purchase Information:

Price: $129.00
Available from: HAUS

WASARA collection

I could’ve sworn that we’ve posted these before, but just as well that we haven’t seeing as they’re a perfect fit for today. Yes, today is Earth Day. What does that mean to you? Hopefully something, as it looks like our little planet needs all the help it can get. If you want to see what else you can do (in addition to recycling, because you already do that, right?), take a look at Worldwatch’s suggestions. I bet there’s a few on there that won’t hurt you to add to your weekly routine.

So, now that’s said, let’s take a look at these fully biodegradable and compostable pieces. Intended for single-use, they’re beautiful alternatives to regular paper plates. Sample kits start at $18.00 and contains one of each of the 14 pieces in the WASARA collection along with a coupon for $20 off your next purchase. Individual pieces in packs of 12 start at $9.00.

Designed in Japan by Shinichiro Ogata / SIMPLICITY
materials: 100% tree-free renewable materials (sugar cane fiber, bamboo, and reed pulp)

Purchase Information:

Price: $9.00
Availability: Buy WASARA collection here

Stainless Steel cup/carafe Set

Similar in usage to the French Stacking Carafe, this Stainless Steel Carafe set has cups that stack and nest within the mouth, allowing for easy transport to and from the table. However, unlike the glass of the French Carafe, this 1 litre double-walled carafe will keep your drinks at the temperature you want- hot or cold.

Purchase Information:

Price: $88.00
Available from: UMA

Looking Glass Decanter

While this upside down decanter is quite expensive, it would be terribly fun to use. Inspired by the stories of “Alice in Wonderland”, it magnifies and distorts the things seen through it. Chances are that it would be partly used as a decanter and partly a display object, because why in the world would anyone hide something like this in the cabinet?

Hand made in borosilicate glass.
Available as a numbered sequential edition.

Purchase Information:

Price: 255
Available from: spunique

“My Computer” Place mat

When looking through a recent issue of Dwell, the “Main Chaude” Oven glove caught my eye. Lo and behold, through another search, I found the retailer again and got sucked into browsing through their whole site. They have quite a bit of little textile jewels for the kitchen and dining zones. Two of my favorites are this glove and placemat:

“Untitled one” Oven glove, �15.99 ($22)
“My Computer” Place mat, set of 2, �15.99 ($22)

Purchase Information:

Price: �15.99
Available from: Envelop

Totem

What appears at first as a vase is actually a stack of 4 unique bowls. Could be a handy thing to have for serving or storing snacks/food, or maybe even on your desk as a receptacle for office supplies. Totem is made by hand, so keep in mind that each one is “perfectly imperfect.”

designers: Constantin and Laurene Boym of Boym Partners for Purple South.
Material: Ceramic
Dimensions: 16″h x 5″ dia.

Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: Merchant No.4

Bamboo Flatware

I think every kitchen needs a large wooden spoon for cooking. It just has that warm, welcoming feeling when using it, and won’t burn your hand when you touch it. Having that minaturized into flatware for eating sounds like a good idea to me. Made from fast-growing and renewable bamboo, and supposedly the knife won’t ever lose its edge.

3 piece place setting.

Purchase Information:

Price: $4.95
Available from: Crate&Barrel

San Francisco Neighborhood Plate Set

If San Francisco is near and dear to your heart, maybe you’ll like this plate set. Or, maybe you just like the geometry and web-like look of city maps. Interestingly enough, Cherry Chaicharn, the designer, is a former Bay Area city planner, so you know her heart (or her work) is behind the design of these subtle grey-on-white patterns. The set features maps of South of Market, North Beach, Glen Park/Noe Valley and Castro/Mission. And, get this, apparently there’s other cities (Bangkok, Tokyo, Hong Kong, etc..) to follow.

Set of four (one each of four designs).
Designed by Cherry Chaicharn, of August Table (more pics here)
7.5″ diameter each

Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: SFMOMA Store

Cucina Food Warmer and Dish by Hans-Wilhelm Seitz

I was thinking maybe this food warmer is a chicer alternative to those tin pans and blue jelly candles, especially because this version by Seitz is porcelain and heated by tealights. I just wish it came in bigger sizes, but it’s dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe so I’ll cut my losses.

Rectangular dish: 8 x 13 x 2.5 inches
Warmer: 8.5 x 13.5 inches
A range of coordinating dishes and platters/lids available at Lekker Home.

Awarded with the Form 2001, the red dot award for good product design 2002, and nominated for the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $128.00
Available from: Owen Lawrence

Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker

I forget how I found this thing, but the reviews, even the critical ones, say it makes a better-than-average cup of coffee with less acidity and no bitterness. And you don’t even need electricity to use it so take it camping if you like…Brokeback Mountain style, but with Juan Valdez and a happier ending.

Includes: Aeropress plunger, funnel, scoop, stirrer, and a year’s supply of micro-filters.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.99
Availability: Buy Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker here

VKB TV dinner tray

TV dinner trays aren’t exactly known for their elegance, of course, but this tray might change that. Coated in a non-slip finish, it helps keep your plate and glass from sliding around, and it’s easy to stack and store. Available in white, black, and willow wood, it also has a distinct elevated appearance from your regular plastic tray variety, which might just help your TV-watching dinner experience be a bit more… well, civilized.

Designer: Ontwerpbureau 3.11
Manufacturer: Royal VKB

Purchase Information:

Price: 27.00
Available from: Funktionalley

Ice Carafe

All you do is freeze a little water in this carafe (on its side), then once it sets, you fill the rest of the carafe up with water and watch the ice slowly release. It’s a smart idea for streamlining the cold drink process.

Designer: Officeoriginair (Ivan Kasner and Uli Budde)
Materials: Polycarbonate bottle; silicone top
Size: 11.2″ t x 3.3″ w x 3.3.” d

If you’re interested, there’s a video about it too…
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Purchase Information:

Price: $32.00
Available from: A+R Store

Ooma Bowl

Yeah, how much do you want this? Because this is the sort of thing that once you have, you’ll wonder how you managed without it, unless you always-always-always sit at a table to eat, of course (in which case, this might change your life). The double chambers allow two types of food to be balanced ‘ergonomically’ while eating without a table. What part of that isn’t great? Less mess fumbling around with your food is always a good thing, no doubt about it.

Designed by Thomas Both
3.2″h x 9.3″w x 4.8″d

$25.00 at SFMOMA MuseumStore
$25.00 at UncommonGoods

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Availability: Buy Ooma Bowl here

Picnic Set by Carina Ahlburg

Has spring officially sprung? I’d say so, and it’s got me daydreaming of afternoons at the park. I’m not a huge person for picnics, but this set by Swedish designer Carina Ahlburg has me reconsidering. Check it: plates, cups, tableware, with one big bowl for storage and/or serving, for four people.

Designer: Carina Ahlburg
Tableware is in stainless steel.
Material: Melamine.
Height 4.3″ (11 cm), 9.4″ dia. (24 cm)

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: Huset-Shop.com

Self-Cooling Carafe by Royal VKB

Batteries? Don’t need ‘em. Power outlet? No ma’am. Arian Brekveld’s carafe uses the natural self-cooling properties of terra cotta to keep its contents cool. And its silicone base protects tables from scratches.

Designer: Arian Brekveld
Terra cotta and silicone
11 x 3.2 inches � holds one liter

Purchase Information:

Price: �19.95
Availability: Buy Self-Cooling Carafe by Royal VKB here