Tabletop

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

Entomo Dinnerware

How about some creepy-crawlies alongside your dinner? Might sound unappetizing, but the pattern is dah-vine. Check out the mug and smaller 6″ plate to follow…(the mug would make an excellent gift, by the way).

Design: Monica Tsang, 2009
Entomo 8″ Coupe Plate, $66.00

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Purchase Information:

Price: $66.00
Availability: Buy Entomo Dinnerware here

Mangia Flatware

Maybe it’s not picnic weather just yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t prepare for it. This flatware is pretty clever in that the fork and spoon fit inside the handle of the knife, and then all 3 snap shut inside the cover. That means you have your own flatware for picnics, camping, or, if you’re particularly OCD, at restaurants.

Measures 7″ long x 1.5″ wide.
$16 per set

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Available from: Plastica

Balance Salt & Pepper Set

Inspired by mind-relaxing balancing stones, each vessel of the Balance Set features a unique color and finish so each seems like a unique find from the most perfect Jack Handey beach walk. The top vessel is a glossy white for salt, the middle vessel is a matte grey for pepper, and the bottom vessel is a matte white for dipping.

Purchase Information:

Price: $26.00
Availability: Buy Balance Salt & Pepper Set here

Source: Salon Store

Abe Flared Mug

Good ol’ honest Abe. I’m a believer in silly mugs, as they make early mornings a little more bearable.

Ceramic
3″d

Purchase Information:

Price: $8.00
Availability: Buy Abe Flared Mug here

La Via Lattea Cheese Knife Set

Are you a serious turophile? Serious enough to drop 400 big ones on a knife set for either soft or hard cheeses, or both?

Set of soft cheese knives composed of: knife for hard cheeses and knife for semi-soft cheeses in steel 1.4119 mirror polished with handle in boxwood, spreader for soft cheeses in 18/10 stainless steel mirror polished.

Set of hard cheese knives composed of one knife for hard cheeses and knife for semi-hard cheeses in steel 1.4119 mirror polished with handle in boxwood, serving fork for hard cheeses in 18/10 stainless steel mirror polished

Purchase Information:

Price: $400.00
Availability: Buy La Via Lattea Cheese Knife Set here