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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

Arcto Alpine Salt and Pepper Shaker

When you’re off on your adventures, you need not go without salt and pepper. The Arcto Alpine Travel Shaker is designed for robustness: it’s humid proof to prevent clumping and housed in a extra tough plastic case to withstand all sorts of abuse. It opens with a “click” so you’ll know when it’s open- no unnecessary spills in your bag, thank you very much. Get it, and all of your future travel companions will like you so much better.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Koki Ice Cream Scoop

I scream, you scream, we all scream for… you know the rest. Make sure you have a decent scoop for your ice cream, because you don’t want it to melt while you wrestle your serving (plus others) out of the box or tub. The Koki’s handle is comfortable to hold and has a length suitable for all types of containers. It’s perfect for soft and creamy ice creams (homemade is best!).
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Hive

Heller Rainbow Mugs

A big dose of cheerful, rainbow color in the morning would do everyone some good, don’t you think? The Heller Mugs are iconic tableware pieces, first winning the Compasso d’Oro Award in 1964, if you can believe it. This classic set will match any existing vintage pieces, as they’re made using the same molds.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: DWR

Cold Bruer Coffee Brewer

If you thought cold coffee was for snobs or sugar junkies, think again. Cold brew coffee is often less acidic and less bitter than hot brewed coffee, and more palatable with milk. Using a slow-drip process with an adjustable valve, the Cold Bruer Coffee Brewer lets you play around with brew time to get your ideal cup. However, don’t think you’ll pull this sort of cold brewing off in a quick minute; the recommended brew time is a 6-hour span, at a drip per second.
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Price: $80.00
Available from: A+R Store

Ora French Press

Another French Press coffee maker? Yawn. But, wait! This one has a double walled glass body to help keep your coffee hot, plus a cork stopper and a pour spout with absolutely no branding or colors (that I can see) on its body to interrupt your morning reverie and/or kitchen color scheme. The simplicity is hard to beat, no?
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Wood Salt & Pepper Shakers by Tomnuk Designs

If your current salt & pepper situation is not appropriate for the dinner table, then maybe you need to grow up a teensy bit and buy some nice shakers. These shakers (solid maple salt shaker and solid walnut pepper shaker) have solid brass screw in caps that add a superb touch to an otherwise very minimal tabletop accessory.
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Price: $120.00
Available from: Modern Anthology

Gaze Coffee Dripper

Any discerning coffee aficionado will occasionally turn their attention to a new and clever coffee dripper, especially if it appears simple and elegant. The Gaze is certainly that, as it’s made up of two double walled glass pieces; one houses the coffee and filter while the other catches your brew. The process is entirely visible, which hopefully will add to your enjoyment rather then your impatience.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: HMM

Pinch Spice Containers

These small wood vessels are intended for tabletop use, as their lids are carved to allow for a small sampling of spices. Their sides are also cut at an angle so that you may place them either at a vertical or horizontal position. Considering their size and placement option, I bet you could also find a use for them in the office or bathroom, for paperclips or bath salts perhaps?
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Price: $62.00 - 68.00
Available from: Luminaire

Sempli’s Incanter

Summer is right around the corner, which means you’ll need cold drinks in good supply. Sempli’s Incanter looks sort of fun, if you can get past the tipsiness that you might feel watching it spin around. Maybe you’ll put fruits in the borosilicate glass infuser and then pour in a liquor, but I’d opt for water or lemonade because I’m not a boozehound (like you). There is something nice about the vessel doing the mixing for you, and it’ll look oh-so-pretty on your table.
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Price: $65.00
Available from: A+R Store

Soft Aerating Pourers

You’re not going to want to carry around a bulky wine aerator on all your future picnics this summer, are you? Nah, all you’ll need to bring is one of these little plastic Pourers. It’ll fit into the neck of any bottle and will aerate your wine while making sure there’s no drips or spills- unless you have too much wine, that is, and then all bets are off.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Skultuna Basso Coaster

No more wine or champagne drips on your precious tabletop, because this Skultuna Basso Coaster will set the bottle dead center each and every time, thanks to its raised center surface. Did you know that indentation at the bottom of bottles is known as a punt or kick-up? Good luck trying to fit that into a conversation without appearing like a complete nerd.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00
Available from: Ode to Things