Tabletop

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

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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

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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

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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

Whistler Cork Teapot

The Whistler Cork Teapot is part of Moma’s exclusive highlight of Portugese products. Made with traditional materials, this charming and quite affordable teapot has a large opening at the top for easy filling. Also, check out the Sugar and Creamer containers and Tea Cups that go along with the cork teapot.

Designer: Raquel Castro, 2009
Material: ceramic earthenware, cork.
Size: 7h x 5l x 5.5”w, 3.5 cups

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Availability: Buy Whistler Cork Teapot here

Best Mug Ever

This really is the best mug ever, as you can write whatever you want in the blank. Could be a good way to start the day for yourself or your loved one (depending on what you write, of course).

Dry erase marker included.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Availability: Buy Best Mug Ever here

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Balloon Shakers

Masayuki Kurokawa’s concept behind these Shakers was to see the contents, so that in addition to regular salt and pepper containers, they could also be used for all sorts of seasonings. Each is hand-blown by Shotoku Glass Co., who used to make lightbulbs in Japan.

Designer: Masayuki Kurokawa
Cork/Glass
2″ dia x 2.75″h

Sold in Set of 2 ($80) or Set of 4 ($160).

Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Available from: Merchant no. 4

Totem Cups

Check out this awesome set of ceramic stacking cups based on the traditional Native American Totem Pole. Comes in a set of four and available in white, gold and silver. Buy multiple sets and make a totem tower. Just be careful not to topple them over.

Purchase Information:

Price: $59.00
Availability: Buy Totem Cups here

Party Straws

Happy Memorial Day! In light of all the outdoor events you’ll have this summer, here’s some colorful (dishwasher-safe) acrylic straws to dress up your drinks.

Set of 6 straws.
Pink and Orange, $4.95
Blue and Green, $4.95

Purchase Information:

Price: $4.95
Availability: Buy Party Straws here

Carl Mertens Cappuccino Stencils

Make your cup of Joe even more special with Carl Mertens’ stainless steel stencils. Sprinkle cocoa powder over the stencil and onto your cappuccino for a cute graphic surprise.

Designer: Carsten Gollnick
5.1 x 4.1 inches

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Purchase Information:

Price: �13.50
Availability: Buy Carl Mertens Cappuccino Stencils here

Cylinda-Line Cocktail Shaker

Apart of Stelton’s Cylinda-Line, this cocktail shaker is a sight for sore eyes, and I’m not talking about the promise of future cocktails. Clean lines, no frills, it’s amazing that something so very simple and sleek is sooo incredibly expensive. Unfortunately, as is often the case, sometimes less is very definitely more.

Designer: Arne Jacobsen
8.6 in x 3.3 dia.

Purchase Information:

Price: $259.00
Available from: Fitzsu