Tabletop

Wood Chopsticks (Set of 24)

With all the dreary weather that fall and winter can sometimes bring, you might as well stockpile some brightness for your tabletop with these colorful chopsticks. Might make a good host/hostess gift as well.

“Traditional Japanese chopsticks get a colorful make-over in this set of 24 Wood Chopsticks (1994). The round, lacquered wood utensils come in an assortment of 12 different hues, offering the freedom to mix or match colors, depending on your mood.”

Materials: Wood, lacquer.

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Zipper Cup (Set of 2)

Keep that tea bag in place with this set of two Zipper cups. Might be a good gift (see below) for someone this holiday season too.

A zipper is a unique device used around the world to typically join two sides of fabric, such as in clothing, bags and now…cups…well, not exactly. While the zipper cup does not function like an actual zipper, the zipper design is incorporated into another commonly used household product such as a cup. The intricate design mechanism of a zipper reflects the bonding and friendship of two people, which is why they are sold in pairs. Great for gifts to newly weds, friends, parents, anniversary etc.

Cup: H3.9″ x D2.6″ (opening)
Coaster: 4.3″ x 4.3″
2 cups and 2 coasters included as a set inside original gift box.

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Availability: Buy Zipper Cup (Set of 2) here

Link Mugs

This set of three mugs link together to ensure safe transport; no tray needed. Could be a handy thing to have around, either at the office or at home (or ski chalet perhaps?).

Link Mugs are one of those simple but inspired product designs that solves the problem of how to carry several mugs at once without the need for a tray… designer Jonathan Aspinall has developed an inspired solution to this problem – mugs that can link together. Each cup has a plus shaped plug on one side and a corresponding receptacle on the other. Thereby allowing the mugs to be linked together for you to carry in a line to friends, family and work colleagues.

Design: Johnathan Aspinall
Set of three link mugs

Purchase Information:

Price: £32.50
Availability: Buy Link Mugs here

Soup and Sandwich Tray

As the cold weather approaches, prepare yourself for soup and sandwich meals with this easy combo tray that will simplify the trip to and fro the kitchen.

Nestling cozily on its sandwich tray, this soup bowl helps you indulge your comfort food cravings. Perfectly sized to serve up tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich, this ceramic combo lets you end the precarious balancing act of enjoying your favorite quick and comfy meal. Safe for use in the oven, microwave and dishwasher, the simple white serving pieces are always ready for those relaxed rainy day meals.

plate: 12.5″ L x 6.5″ W, bowl: 5.25″ dia, 22 oz.
Sold as a set of two trays and two bowls. Spoon not included.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Availability: Buy Soup and Sandwich Tray here

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Psycho diagnostik Coasters

Oh, the fun to be had with these Rorschach coasters. They actually look sort of beautiful in a way…don’t you think? Or are they slightly disturbing for you, and if so, what does that say about each of our mental states…hmm.

Set of 10 coasters

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.50
Availability: Buy Psycho diagnostik Coasters here

Teeth Mug

I can think of one word for this: creepy. Since it’s October, creepy is kind of okay, and despite my initial reservations on the inconvenience of your tea/coffee seeping between the teeth and onto your hand or desk, not to mention how strange it would be to have your own teeth bump against the cup’s teeth (uck)… yeah, so despite all that, maybe you’ll get a kick out of it, or know someone who will.

Each one is individually hand carved by skilled Taiwanese ceramic artists.
Material: Ceramic
H3.8″ x D3.3″, 11.8oz

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Availability: Buy Teeth Mug here

Water Carafe with Smartlid

If you’re still enjoying warm weather, take note of this carafe: it keeps extra ice cubes and such in the carafe with a ‘Smartlid’, which will save you from that awkward ice avalanche when serving your guests.

Jakob Wagner reinterprets the typical bottle into a simple water carafe.
The discreet lid opens automatically when pouring, ensuring that ice cubes and lemon slices remain in carafe.
Lid made of silicone and stainless steel. Great for colored liquids as well as water.

Measures approx. 11″ x 3.5″ x 3.5″
Available with a white or black lid.
$45.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $45.00
Availability: Buy Water Carafe with Smartlid here

58′ N Salt and Pepper Shakers by Normann Copenhagen

Porcelain paired with cork. It’s such a lovely contrast in materials that makes for a pleasing look as well as a comfortable grip. Should you wish to upgrade your own salt & pepper shakers, note that this pair from Normann Copenhagen is on sale and discontinued, so best act fast if you think they’re a good fit for your tabletop.
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Price: $29.00
Available from: YLiving

Blue Mormor Dinnerware by Normann Copenhagen

Using textiles as inspiration, this collection of dinnerware by Gry Fager was influenced by “the atmosphere and the character of the kitchen, particularly older kitchens from [her] grandmother’s time.”(-normann-copenhagen)

The Mormor series is made for the modern kitchen and dining table using ceramics as its point of departure, and it definitely applies to the traditional kitchen. Not only that, structures and patterns along with familiar kitchen items such as cloths and dishcloths are contained in the visual expression of this series.

Designer: Gry Fager

$17.75-$48.25, Buy it here.
(165.00 SEK-670.00 SEK,
Buy it here.)

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Price: $17.75
Availability: Buy Blue Mormor Dinnerware by Normann Copenhagen here

“O” Pitcher and “O” Red White Wine Glasses

For something you use everday, the details do make a difference. A well designed glass can add a tiny bit of happiness to your table, if not your drinking habits.

Ideal for everyday use as well as special occasions, these glasses have rippled hollow bases and are suitable for serving a variety of beverages. Made of non-lead clear glass. Dishwasher-safe.

Designer: Georg J. Riedel, 2009

“O” Pitcher, $50.00 ($45.00 Members), Buy it here.
“O” Red and White Glasses, $35.00 ($31.50 Members), Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Availability: Buy “O” Pitcher and “O” Red White Wine Glasses here

Simplicitas & Wolf Udo Wagner’s Picnic Set

Hopefully you’ll be enjoying your Labor Day* outside in the sunshine, maybe with some of the usual refreshments, and, if so, perhaps you’ll consider how this picnic set would be ever so much nicer to use than ordinary throw away plates.

Save the planet from one more throway picnic plate! Part of the Urbana series of thoughtfully designed to-go products by Simplicitas in Stockholm, this uber-compact, five-setting picnic set by Wolf Udo Wagner is made of durable, dishwasher-safe ABS. Yet it’s lightweight and ready to move. Each sectioned plate features a cup for hot or cold bevies and an all-purpose flatware triangle–fork, knife and spoon all in one. When not in use, the plates stack and cover the cups and cutlery, which stays locked in place by the screw.

Size: 11″ dia x 3″ thick

$28.00, Buy it here.

*Seeing as it is Labor Day, there’s just one post today. Posts resume tomorrow as usual.

Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00
Availability: Buy Simplicitas & Wolf Udo Wagner’s Picnic Set here

Fresh Traveller

Now you can transport your breakfast cereal (or other fruits or foods) separately from your milk (or drink) and mix them whenever you want. I’d say it’d be perfect for milk and cookies, but I guess it’s not often that you want to take those with you…or maybe it is, what do I know.

Designer: Arian Brekveld
Material: Stainless steel, high-grade plastic.
Size: H 18.5 cm, Dia 9.3 cm, Vol. 420 ml.

£29.00, Buy it here.

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Price: £29.00
Availability: Buy Fresh Traveller here

Design House Stockholm Stig Lindberg Table Linens

There’s been a previous post about Stig Lindberg Pillows, but table linens are another lovely way to inject some Scandinavian design into your home.

This colorful collection includes some of the most popular Swedish fabric designs of the 1950′s. This runner by Design House Stockholm is in the fantastic graphic prints “Lustgården” or “Pottery” by Stig Lindberg.

Design House Stockholm Stig Lindberg Table Runner, $60.00, Buy it here.
Design House Stockholm Stig Lindberg Placemat, $16.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Availability: Buy Design House Stockholm Stig Lindberg Table Linens here

Nambé Twist 10-Inch Cocktail Shaker

Talk about a some serious cocktails, this spiral shaker has some sharp curves (and point) to make handling easier. It looks slightly scary, but I’m sure it does the job extremely well.

The twisted, sculpted sides of the shaker increase the ease of handling the shaker when moist, and beautifully flow into the pointed, cone-shaped top. Made of sand-cast metal and polished to a bright mirror finish, the shaker retains cold remarkably well and can be thoroughly chilled in a freezer before filling with martini ingredients. A thin black rubber ring is integral in the lid and in the removable strainer, to make the press fit nice and snug. With a 16-ounce capacity and height of 10 inches, the shaker comes gift-boxed and ready to impress a favorite cocktail maker.

designed for Nambé by Fred Bould
5 x 5 x 12.5 inches

$144.95, Buy it here.

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Price: $144.95
Availability: Buy Nambé Twist 10-Inch Cocktail Shaker here

Stainless Steel Tea Infuser

For anyone who prefers a specific brand of loose-leaf tea, you know there’s a certain ritual in creating each cup. If you’re not thrilled with your current tea tool, maybe you’ll like this tea infuser from Sagaform.

Designed by Helene Tiedemann for Sagaform.
Size: 6.75 inches

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Availability: Buy Stainless Steel Tea Infuser here