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Modern-Twist Placemats

Modern-Twist has a great collection of modern placemats which you should definitely take a gander at if you haven’t already. My favorite, oddly enough, is the kid’s versions which are able to be drawn upon with washable markers. Brilliant idea.

Stream Placemat, $17.00, Buy it here.
Doileez, pack of 2: $25.00, Buy it here.
Hide and Seek: $17.00, Buy it here.
Day At The Pond Placemat: $17.00, Buy it here.

Cedar Sake Vessel

I don’t make a practice of drinking sake, but this vessel by designer Shunji Kurimori might convince me to start.

Kurimori’s Cedar Sake Bottle is made using old cedar trees with a striking narrow grain, resulting in a bentwood low-conduction vessel that keeps cold sake cool, hot sake warm. Kurimori is a Master of Traditional Craft, recognized by the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry. Pair the Cedar Sake Bottle with the Cedar Sake Cups (sold separately) to practice a third Japanese tradition: sharing sake and conversation with friends.

Cedar Sake Vessel, $140.00 Now: $84.00
Cedar Sake Cups (Set of 2) $85.00 Now: $51.00
Buy it here.

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Mustache Napkin Rings

Another addition to the ‘mustache‘ category, hurray!

Each ring is laser cut from clear acrylic and fused with a chalkboard mustache that doubles as a placecard!…

4-3/8″ x 3″ x 1/4″
Includes set of 4

$24.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Availability: Buy Mustache Napkin Rings here

Number and Nutrition Water Glasses

Graphics on glasses are g-g-great.

Take a Number Water Glasses- set of 4, $22.50,
Buy it here.

Nutrition Facts Water Glasses, $22.50,
Buy it here.

Square Sake Cups

I like the idea of using these as tiny planters for succulents (as suggested). Take note of the size; they’re pretty tiny.

Square sake cups aren’t just for squares or sake for that matter. These delicate porcelain cups are designed for sake, but think how cute they would be with little succulents in them lined up on the windowsill.
White porcelain, so fine you can almost see through it, makes sipping sake sublime.

Set of six mostly square cups.
Each cup measures approximately 1.5″ x 1.5″.

$24.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Availability: Buy Square Sake Cups here

It’s Pop It’s Art Mugs

Suck UK has done a very fun collaboration with It’s Pop It’s Art in creating mugs decorated with lyrics from a range of classic songs. I could only find one place to purchase them so far, but will add others as the list grows.

Feeling a bit metal? Then rock out with a mug of Motorhead coffee. Just had a hard day of freedom fighting? Then sup some tea from the Marvin Gaye mug. Or maybe you’ve just perfected your Bobby Gillespie hair, Primal Scream it is then. For whatever musical mood you’re in there is a lovingly designed mug to accompany it.

around £10, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: £10
Availability: Buy It’s Pop It’s Art Mugs here

Stainless Steel Straws

Hmm, ‘drinking fun’? Not sure how much ‘fun’ these will add to your drinking, but they are kind of an interesting alternative to the plastic straw. I wonder how you’d clean them? Dishwasher? or maybe with those pipe cleaners in your craft drawer?

“Stainless steel is one of those rare, exceptionally functional and durable materials that manages to combine indestructibility with presentability…The stainless steel drinking straws come in a set of 4. These straws do not rust or tarnish and provide years of drinking fun.” -after5catalog

set of 4, $12.99, Buy it here.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $12.99
Available from: after5

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Lotus Teacup

This is one high-tech teacup for those of you that are serious about tea. Follow the link to read more.

It looks like every traditional teacup should, but for starters it’s double walled, so a) you won’t burn your hands and b) your tea won’t cool off as fast. Secondly its sliding lid is a beautiful piece of high tech, as it is truly integrated into the lid and all you do is you slide a separate piece up and you are ready to enjoy your tea.

$30.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Availability: Buy Lotus Teacup here

Plus Salt & Pepper Grinder

I know I posted these before, but I didn’t know it was also available in multicolor(!) and this retailer has it for a little less.

Made from lacquered-beech, these totem-like grinders have a fine ceramic grinding mechanism and are available in two colors: black for pepper, white for salt. Grinding mechanism guaranteed for 25 years.

Designer: Norway Says for Muuto
2.6″ dia x 7″H.

$69.00 for black and white, $79.00 for multicolor, Buy it here.

(original post: $89.00, Buy it here.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $69.00-$79.00
Availability: Buy Plus Salt & Pepper Grinder here

Chikotan Charcoal Stirrers

That’s right, stir with these strange charcoal twigs and voilĂ !…your drink is purified.

Think of Chikotan as the ultimate swizzle stick. This high quality Japanese Bamboo charcoal stirrer is perfect for stirring and purifying drinks and cocktails. 3 piece set.

3 piece set:
$16.00, Buy it here.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Availability: Buy Chikotan Charcoal Stirrers here

Write-on Glassware

Why not carry around your to-do list on a glass or mug? Seems like you’d have to write on these glasses while empty, maybe while you’re waiting for your coffee to brew, otherwise the awkward angle of writing on it without spilling a beverage would cancel out any convenience (not to mention it’d make you look a little idiotic).

Feed the cat, take out the trash, mow the lawn; there are so many things to
remember and now you can take your to-do list with you! Write on this glass
mug or tumbler then erase when you are done with each task. A mini pencil
with eraser is included.

Mug measures 3”x3.5” and tumbler measures 3”x6”
$16.00 each, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Availability: Buy Write-on Glassware here

Coffee & Tea Mugs

State your preference with these mugs.

Some say coffee and tea should not be served in the same mug. Some folks only drink coffee and their partners only tea. However you want to use them, our mug set uses early 20th century type and complementary colors to create a salt and pepper type set. Comes inside an 11oz kraft box. Both mug and box designed by John Caserta. Mugs screened by Maslen, Inc. in Pawtucket. Boxes made for The Design Office by Custom Corrugated and screenprinted by Tarvis Graphics in Pawtucket.
This is a fundraiser project. All profits fund group projects and future products.

$14.00 or $25.00 for set, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.00
Availability: Buy Coffee & Tea Mugs here

Elephant Bottle Opener

This might not win any ergonomic awards, but it sure gets points for charm.

This carved wood sculptural piece also serves as a bottle opener! Leather and brass details make this little guy extremely charming.

6″ long

$25.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Availability: Buy Elephant Bottle Opener here

Postcup

This is a very cute alternative to the ho-hum-flowers-and-candy…plus, this will last a lot longer (ensuring appreciation for years).

Each cup features phrases – or heart – in burnt sienna bold text on one side, while the other side has a postcard design, which (and this is the cool part) can be personalized with your own message plus your recipient’s address — Re Jin will hand write it onto the cup with heat set porcelain paint (black or blue).
Please include your custom text (maximum 100 characters) when placing your order, as well as recipient’s address (if different from shipping address).
Microwave and dishwasher safe.

Designer: Re Jin Lee

$49.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00
Availability: Buy Postcup here

Cara and Kami Wood Cups

There’s something so refreshingly simple about wood cups…they seem warmer and softer than porcelain and ceramic.

Cara M Cup, (on left), set of 2: $85.00, Buy it here.

The new Cara Series was designed by Rina Ono and hand-crafted by Hidetoshi Takahashi in Japan. The gorgeous cup is made from Japanese Linden wood with a food-safe polyurethane coating inside. The series also includes a milk cup and egg cup. Available in set of 2 or 4. 3″ x 3″h

Kami Cup Large (right), set of 2: $85.00, Buy it here.

The new Kami Series is hand-crafted by Hidetoshi Takahashi in Japan. The gorgeous cups are made from Castor Aralia wood with a food-safe polyurethane coating inside. Available in set of 2 or 4 tall cups. 3″ x 5″h

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Purchase Information:

Price: $85.00
Availability: Buy Cara and Kami Wood Cups here