Tabletop

Illy Espresso Cups by William Kentridge

Through a partnership with illy coffee experts, artist William Kentridge brings us this limited-edition set of six espresso cups and six illustrated saucers, but it’s not until saucer meets mirror-finish cup that the images become clear and right side up.

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Amboyna Wood Cheese Board

This cheese board might just look like any ol’ tree slice, but it’s actually from amboyna trees in Thailand. Considering that the roots and branches from the tree would otherwise be burned, it’s nice to know that it can grace our tabletop instead.

-Hand sanded and finished with palm oil.
-Each one is unique and sizes vary slightly.
-Food-safe.

Material: Amboyna wood
Dimensions: 1″ h x 9″-11″ diameter

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Chill Serving Platter

If you’ve ever run across room temperature shrimp or luke warm celery sticks, you’ll know how this chilled melamine tray could be put to good use. It has a removable cooling gel pad that you can chill in the freezer before using, which means all the cold foods will stay that way.

-set includes a melamine tray with subtle indentions for easy carrying, a removable cooling gel pad and a porcelain platter.
-Porcelain platter is microwave and dishwasher safe.

Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, Kasper Rønn, 2009
Size: 1.25h x 14″diam.

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5-Piece Place Setting by Zaha Hadid

I’ll admit that the soup spoon might look a little funky to some, but if it didn’t, I wager the set could be mistaken for any generic place setting you might find in your gay uncle’s attic. Hence the unexpected and etheral forms of this stainless steel place setting by Zaha Hadid (winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize – the equivalent of a Nobel Prize for architecture), brought to Earth in a mesmerizing mirror finish.

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Price: $250.00
Availability: Buy 5-Piece Place Setting by Zaha Hadid here

OTTO Beer Glass by Monica Singer & Marie Rahm

Impossibly sexy and devilishly handsome are a few of the words that come to mind when I see this glass. And somehow, I start to think of Tom Ford and The Four Tops’ “Reach Out I’ll Be There” plays in the background. Yes, this mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal beer glass is taking me there – to the Rive Gauche – and with the hefty price tag, it should, no? This glass is part classically-dimpled pint mug, part dark talisman, and all fantasy-inducing cup of the gods.

Designers: Monica Singer & Marie Rahm
Manufaturer: Lobmeyr, Austria
6.1 x 3 inches
Lobmeyr Collectible of the Year, 2008

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Price: $1958.00
Availability: Buy OTTO Beer Glass by Monica Singer & Marie Rahm here

Landscape Napkin Ring by Patrica Urquiola

This pretty little napkin ring is “giving me”, as they say, Viktor & Rolf Spring Summer 2010. Both are at once: feminine, delicate, bold, and surreal. The inspiration behind Viktor & Rolf’s cut-out tulle creations? “With the credit crunch and everybody cutting back, we decided to cut [holes into] tulle ball gowns,” says Rolf. The inspiration behind Urquiola’s napkin ring? Maybe the rolling hills of her native Oviedo, Spain.

Manufacturer: Rosenthal, Germany
Material: Porcelain

[via goodnight cruel world]

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Price: $95.00
Availability: Buy Landscape Napkin Ring by Patrica Urquiola here

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Otto Black Matte 5-Piece Place Setting

Black flatware… 1 cool point. Matte black flatware… 2 cool points. Stainless steel matte black flatware… cool point overload.

Produced in Europe
Manufacturer: TableArt
6-piece place setting available here.
Other black matte flatware and kitchen utensils available here.

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Price: $122.00
Availability: Buy Otto Black Matte 5-Piece Place Setting here

Trio Champagne Cooler by Pieter Stockmans

Pieter Stockmans brings a touch of modernity to your favorite Old World Champagnes with this sleek porcelain cooler. And when not in use as a cooler, maybe it could work as a vase for billowing tulips or lacecap hydrangeas.

Designer: Pieter Stockmans
Manufacturer: Studio Pieter Stockmans
12.6 x 9.4 inches

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Price: $395.00
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Swiss Salt and Pepper Shaker

So this salt and pepper shaker is designed for robustness. It’s humid proof to prevent clumping, and housed in a extra tough plastic case to withstand abuse. I doubt you really need all those features (unless you’re a traveling chef or are really clumsy), but it’s nice to know right?

Designer: Wietlisbach

Dimensions: 2.3″ x 2.3″x .6″

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Price: $19.98
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Anatomica Tableware

Svpply is fast becoming one of my favorite sites. Kris told me about it a while ago, and I swear every time I check it out there’s about a dozen things I add to my bookmarks. If you get a chance, take a look (Svpply). This time, one of those dozen was this anatomical plate.

Design: Lisa Turner, 2009
Manufacturer: The New English, England
Material: Bone China

Anatomica 10″ Plate, $74.00, Buy it here.
Anatomica TNE Teacup & Saucer, $95.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $74.00
Availability: Buy Anatomica Tableware here

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Pupek Tall Tumbler by Bollen Glass

I was intrigued by the design of this mouth-blown, Czech crystal glass thinking the bulbous bits were some modern use of animal heads – tapirs perhaps. As it turns out, the concept dates back to the 16th century when most people ate with their hands and the bulbous bits, known as Pupek (dots), kept the glass from slipping out of greasy hands. What’s old really is new.

6.9 inches tall
Special order

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Price: $72.00
Availability: Buy Pupek Tall Tumbler by Bollen Glass here

Rubik’s Cruet Salt and Pepper Mills

Whether you’ve solved ‘the cube’ or not, you might get a kick out of these salt and pepper mills.

These salt and pepper mills are the ultimate tabletop tribute to the 80’s icon. Each cube is built around a high-quality ceramic grinding mill. The top layer of the cube rotates to operate the mill. The action of grinding the pepper or salt has the same feel and sound as the classic cube puzzle.

2.25″ square.

Available as a pair ($34.00) or individually ($17.00).

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Price: $17.00
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Celebration Champagne Flute, Set of 6

Happy New Year everyone!

Raise a glass and start the new year off with a toast—in six different languages. Each 4-ounce champagne flute is etched with “cheers” in Chinese, German, French, English, Italian, and Japanese. Set of six comes with one of each language.

2″Dia. x 9.75″T.

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Price: $60.00
Availability: Buy Celebration Champagne Flute, Set of 6 here

Stainless Steel Champagne Wine Bucket

This double-walled bucket will keep your bubbly ice-cold inside without condensation on the outside. Plus, it’s on sale, which is always nice.

-Double-walled construction
-Matte finish stainless steel
-Avoid abrasive cleaners

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Price: $39.95
Availability: Buy Stainless Steel Champagne Wine Bucket here

Loft Condiment Set

Whether for you or someone on your gift list, these wooden utensils would be a nice set to add to a tabletop setting.

Handcarved from fallen Pennsylvania hardwoods, the sweeping, modernist lines are a perfect counterpoint to the minor variations from piece to piece that show the “hand” of the artisan. Set includes Jam Spoon, Chutney Fork and Spreader. Rinse and wipe down after each use.

6″ Long (Spoon), 6 7/8″ Long (Fork), 6 7/8″ Long (Spreader)

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Price: $50.00
Availability: Buy Loft Condiment Set here