Tabletop

Toast Trivets

These cork trivets are made to look just like toast, which is a cute thing for the breakfast table (unless you have really bad eyesight). Right now it looks like the ‘side order’ of 2 pieces is out of stock, but the ‘half loaf’ of 6 pieces is available.

Approximately 4″ x 4″ x 3/8″

Purchase Information:

Price: $38.00
Available from: Twine

Plate Typo Collection

With all the soirees you have planned for the upcoming holidays, you might want to get a few of these Typo plates. Could be fun to match the plate to your guest’s initial, perhaps? While the full set of 26 plates is pretty cost prohibitive (£569.00), a few here and there scattered about the table would do enough to keep things colorful.

Also, apparently this is an exclusive for this UK retailer, so apologies if you’re elsewhere…
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Purchase Information:

Price: £24.50
Available from: Made in Design

Jesus Salt/Pepper Grinder

If you’re a devout follower of Jesus of Nazareth, just think of how much better your life will be with this salt and pepper grinder. Every time you need some extra spice, you’ll be reminded of your beliefs. Nice, right? I’m not one to lean towards any particular religion, but man, I sure do appreciate religious iconography, especially when it comes in this form.

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.99
Available from: DIGS

Winebreather Decanter

‘Winebreather’ sounds like some sort of derogatory name you’d call an oenophile, but, in fact, it’s the name of this decanter. Place the decanter mouth-to-mouth with a wine bottle, flip it, and then watch as the wine washes down the sides of the decanter, partially aerating it. I’m not sure if it would qualify as a magic trick, but there is something nice about watching wine slowly move from bottle to decanter, sort of like an hourglass.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $70.00
Available from: A+R Store

Mango Wood Bowls

These colorful bowls remind me a bit of Loyal Loot’s Log Bowls, except made in sustainably harvested mango trees. I can’t imagine any room or tabletop these would look bad in. Each measures 6” in diameter and are available in white, blue, or green.

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Purchase Information:

Price: £9.95
Availability: Buy Mango Wood Bowls here

Source: Re-Nest

Tippo Wood Veneer Placemats

Simple faux wood placemats might just be the thing to get your tablescape updated this fall. They’re polypropylene vinyl, so you get the look of real wood with the easy care of vinyl.

Originally available from UMA.

Purchase Information:

No longer available.

Wine Cork Stoppers and Pourer

I love these new Wine Cork stoppers designed by Aurélien Barbry. The Wine Pourer (right) is pretty clever too, as its top ensures a proper seal. With more and more wineries choosing screw tops over cork stoppers, these will at least keep some of that traditional feel alive.

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Purchase Information:

Price: €20,00
Available from: Normann Copenhagen

MexICON Platters

Carlos Slim? Verónica Castro? Maybe you’re familiar with these names, maybe not. But these MexICON Platters from the design studio DFC sure steal my heart quicker than any Fornasetti piece I’ve seen. Originally DFC founders Tony Moxham and Mauricio Paniagua conceived this series as homage to Fornasetti, and used famous Mexican pop icons in place of Fornasetti’s ubiquitous choice. The group includes faces of poet Pita Amor, telecommunications magnate Carlos Slim, eyepatch-wearing ’70s soap star Catalina Creeland, architect Luis Barragán, and actors Andrés García and Verónica Castro. I’d say any one of them is a safe bet for jazzing up your tabletop.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $130.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

Camera Lens Mug

Camera-geek joy, indeed. This mug looks just like a 24-105mm lens. Buy several and call it a day, because this would be just about the best gift (ever) for anyone who likes photography. A lens-cap lid and rubber-grip focus and zoom rings completes the picture.

Plastic mug with stainless steel lining.
Holds 16oz of liquid
3.3″ diameter, 4″ tall
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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Available from: Photojojo

Source: Craft

Mypressi Twist Handheld Espresso Maker

Mypressi, Mypressi, Mypressi! Not only do I love the concept of a handheld espresso maker, but as you can tell, I love the name too. Just put in your coffee, add hot water, and press. And it now ships with a free Mypressi Milk Frother!

-produces single or double shots from either fresh ground coffee or ESE pods
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Purchase Information:

Price: $169.00
Availability: Buy Mypressi Twist Handheld Espresso Maker here

Source: PicoCool

Cheat Sheet Placemat

If you need some reminding about where the dessert spoon goes, here’s the perfect placemat for your table. Or, perhaps just get a few purely because you’ll enjoy the graphics. No one nowadays really cares all that much about correct placement of cutlery, do they?

60×65 cm (25” x 23”)
Cotton, machine washable.

Purchase Information:

Price: €14.95
Availability: Buy Cheat Sheet Placemat here

Brass Bottle Openers, Trivet

These cast brass openers and trivet might seem like something you’d pass over in a second, but consider how nice they’d be as a gift for a host/hostess or coworker or something. I’m just saying think about it; they’re functional objects that will stand the test of time without offending anyone’s design sensibilities.

Crescent bottle opener, $50.00 (2.5″dia.)
Brass bottle opener, $60.00 (5.5″l)
Sunburst Brass Trivet, $99.00, (7″dia.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: CHATCHADA

Goodesign + DWSTW Coffee Mug Set

Spotted these mugs over on Notcot yesterday and I have a feeling that you’ll like them as much as I do.

“I will pay for good design” and “Design will save the world”
11 oz. ceramic coffee mugs, sold as set.

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Available from: Artefacture

Source: not-cot.org

Palace Stacking Dinnerware

I meant to post these forever ago, but, as is often the case, got sidetracked with the hundreds of other things to show you. This collection by Alessandro Zambelli for Seletti are sets of dinnerware that form small buildings when stacked, giving you an opportunity to have a mini gallery of Florentine-inspired Renaissance homes on your shelves or table. The roofs become serving dishes and each plate has an interior floor plan layout.

Porcelain.
Available at The Future Perfect or A+R Store.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00
Available from: the future perfect

Salt & Pepper Corkie

If you’re into the whole cork craze (as I am), you’ll appreciate these wine cork-ish salt and pepper shakers. (I’m guessing they’re larger than an actual wine cork, fyi.)

Food approved with a stainless steel cover.

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.00
Available from: Gessato