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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

Hands on Bowl

I recently saw this in a shop nearby and was impressed with how the servers are integrated into the bowl. Made from melamine, this set would be perfect for all those casual summer dinners outside (or in).

??Dishwasher safe.
White or green.
11″ dia x 5″ deep

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: Uma

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