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Machine Collection Glassware

Do these glasses remind you a little bit of industrial light fixtures? That’s exactly what inspired them, and the result is a hefty sort of glassware with just an smidgen of decorative fluting (like a well-made suit with a pretty tie and pocket square). Choose between a large or small set of three.
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Price: $33.00 - 48.00
Available from: Gessato

Dearborn Glassware

What says ‘grown-up glassware’ more than the $70 per piece price tag of the Dearborn Glassware? Maybe the intricate, fluted Borosilicate glass, or the knowledge that each piece was expertly created by master glassblowers in the Czech Republic. Borosilicate glass, if you didn’t know, gives thermal resistance, which translates into a durability appropriate for daily use- it’s safe to use in ovens, microwaves, and dishwashers- and that gives us all a little more understanding to the collection’s value (and, ultimately, the aforementioned price tag).
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Price: $65.00 - 75.00
Available from: Alchemy Fine Home

EM Press Coffee Maker

Did you know Erik Magnussen’s Stelton Vacuum Jug was designed way back in 1977? Or that the very recognizable shape is now available as a coffee press? Brew your coffee and keep it hot for hours, all in the retro-cool iconic thermos. The EM Press brews up to 8 cups, and has the same simple open-close mechanism of the Stelton Jug.
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Price: $44.00
Available from: DWR

Shakers by Reed Wilson Design

If your salt and pepper situation is very sad, maybe you need to get better receptacles. Reed Wilson offers these faceted walnut shakers with rubber stoppers, and I dare say they’d be a pleasure to use. Each shaker is shaped by hand, so no two will be exactly alike.
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Price: $40.00
Available from: Reed Wilson Design

Belle-V Ice Cream Scoop

You know what will make your life better? The best ice cream scoop ever. The Bell-V is made of hand-finished and polished Teflon coated aluminum. It’s ergonomically comfortable. It’s black. I don’t know what more information you need, because that’s enough to convince me and I don’t even eat ice cream.
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Price: $50.00
Available from: Belle-V

Rhom Trivet

Your dining table hates hot things, so do it a favor and get a Rhom Trivet by Shane Schneck. It’s made of silicone, so it’ll protect your table’s surface from all sorts of hot trays, dishes, and pans, and its rhombus-inspired shape will do wonders for your design credentials. That’s not a promise, mind you, just a very enthusiastic endorsement of a trivet design.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Bodum® Pebo Vacuum Coffee Maker

Are you up for a bit of chemistry when making your morning brew? If so, this Pebo Vacuum Coffee Maker from Bodum could be an interesting experiment. How does it work? Steam escapes from the bottom bowl into the top, mixing with the oils of your coffee. Once you remove it from heat, and the newly brewed coffee filters back down into the bottom bowl for serving. That’s a simplified version, of course, but you get the idea. It’ll take a little longer (5 to 11 minutes) than a regular coffee maker but the brewing time and temperature are calibrated precisely for a perfect cup each time.
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Price: $80.00
Available from: Sur La Table

Travel Teapot Set and Bag

You may not need this Travel Teapot Set, but wouldn’t it be nice to have? The grey tubular porcelain vessel is a lesson in simplicity- its two included cups fasten securely to either end to make transport more efficient. Wrap them all up in the included linen bag and be on your way, knowing you’ll have an easy-to-serve hot drink in a lovely little cup whenever you take your next break. There’s also a smaller Travel tea can set and bag if you prefer to carry a single serving.
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Price: $132.00
Available from: WallpaperSTORE

Marta Tasting Glasses

While you may not be excited by a simple, short glass, you might like the fact that it’s available in a set of 8 for just under $10. Can you do any better than that, with a similar, fine-looking glass? If so, you need join the team here at BLTD, and I’m not kidding (finding nice stuff that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg isn’t easy). There’s also a set of 8 Marta Double Old-Fashioned Glasses and Coolers, should you want to beef up your collection.
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Price: $9.95
Available from: CB2

Pepper Tray

Pepper dust. If you have a pepper mill, you know all about how it sits just under your mill whenever you set it down, creating little dust piles of pepper. How about a tray to keep it contained? Yes, it’s the smallest detail, and maybe a little unnecessary, but you like to keep your kitchen spic and span, this may be your pepper mill’s new best friend.
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Price: $26.00
Available from: Human Crafted

15.0% Ice Cream Spoon

Before you roll your eyes at a $45 spoon, you need to know this is a special spoon, for ice cream. It uses your body heat to cut through frozen ice cream, which makes your “scooping experience” effortless. The solid aluminum spoon has a thermal conductivity of 237 W/mK (watts per meter kelvin), so you’ll be slicing through your favorite flavor with ease like a ice-cream-eating ninja.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Bambus Glass Carafe

How about another nice carafe to hold your hydration source? This handblown carafe was inspired by the bamboo of Zen gardens; it has an elegant handle and a drinking glass that fits perfectly on top. As stated before, a carafe lets you rely less on plastic bottles of water (hooray!) and more on your own two feet… to get water from the office cooler or your fridge’s filter. Perhaps while you walk to replenish said water you can be thankful that it’s clean and plentiful, and that you’re crossing a distance of yards instead of miles, unlike lots of other people in other parts of the world. Did you know you’d get a guilt trip while reading about why a carafe is so great? Surprise, and you’re welcome.
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Price: $104.00
Available from: Luminaire

Cutlery Set

Ditch those plastic forks, spoons, and knives, because you’re going to buy this Cutlery Set. All three utensils nest together into a compact case for safekeeping and easy transport, which is convenient for your daily lunch at the office or your next camping trip. Stainless steel won’t bend or break, and, as a bonus, you can freely lecture anyone around you about how their use of plastic cutlery is lame, both in function and for the environment. You may not make new friends this way, so maybe it’s best to just wait as others slowly notice your superior eating utensils, then tell them all about it.
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Price: $13.95
Available from: Box Appetit

Fluted Talise

Water is a necessity, but nowadays too many of us rely on plastic bottles to get our daily intake. Perhaps by purchasing this very nice Talise carafe, you’ll cut down the amount of plastic you use and thus become a more responsible adult. Unending supplies of water and other beverages may be kept in its lovely fluted design, which looks so much more appropriate on a dinner (or conference) table than a six pack of plastic bottles. Use the inner funnel to hold a water filter, if needed, or remove entirely for non-filtered beverages.
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Price: $160.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

Lempi Glasses

Sometimes those cheap plastic cups just won’t cut it at the dinner table. Upgrade to the Lempi (means ‘favourite’ in Finnish) Glassware from Iittala. Use them for everyday water or for that special occasion wine; they’ll fit every occasion. And, the major bonus, the Lempi is stackable to save space in your kitchen. If you’d rather a bit of color, check out the lilac, light blue, and grey.
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Price: $67.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop