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Coava Kone Coffee Filter

After moving out to the Northwest it didn’t take long to notice that people take their coffee pretty seriously out here, and I’m not talking about Starbucks or Seattle’s Best. A welcoming local cafe is always a stone’s throw away, catering to both the casual coffee drinker and as well as patrons of the most distinguised taste. In Portland, one of the most unique cafes I have come across is Coava in the Central Eastside district. Sharing a space with a bamboo plywood showroom, the interior is industrial chic (fancy enjoying your coffee at a tablesaw?) yet is warmed by a large, welcoming bamboo counter and of course the lingering aroma of coffee beans. Serving coffee via a Chemex pour-over brewer is their first choice for a rich tasting cup, however co-owner Keith Gehrke saw the single-use paper filters to be quite wasteful. Instead of just dealing with it he decided to design his own filter, called the Kone… (more…)

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Price: $55.00
Availability: Buy Coava Kone Coffee Filter here

Lowercase Alphabetti Papermats

Cute. These paper place mats offer space to write out a menu, message, or customize a place setting in LCD style text. Quite similar to the DIY Screenprinted LCD card, isn’t it?


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Price: AUD26.00
Availability: Buy Lowercase Alphabetti Papermats here

TIPSY Serving Tray

For those of us that are a bit clumsy (or lazy), this tray would be a dream. Filled glasses and dishes keep their place even if you swing the tray, allowing you to move from kitchen to dining table to outdoors in a breeze. The loop at the top of the straps means you can carry even more in one hand if necessary.

Nylon handles are removable from the aluminum tray.

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Price: $88.00
Available from: Fitzsu Society

Kupu Coffee Scoop and Bag Closer

This coffee scoop also functions as a bag sealer, which means less ‘stuff’ required to make your morning drink and maybe even a few seconds saved in the process. Designed by Teemu Karhunen, the Kupu is made in Finland with birch plywood.


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Price: $26.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Faux Bois Placemat and Coasters

Similar to the Tippo Wood Veneer placemats, these have the wood look without the splinters. Made from durable digitally printed vinyl, which means you just wipe them clean, no washing machine required.


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Price: $12.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Union Wood Co. Serving Tray

I’m such a sucker for reclaimed wood. These serving trays by Union Wood Co. are built from old growth fir boards from a recently renovated RCMP Livery stable in Vancouver. Each tray is unique (though they all have brass handles and rubber feet on the bottom).

Made in Canada
Measures approximately 12 x 12 x 2 in/30 x 30 x 5 cm

Union Wood Co. Serving Tray

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Price: $80.00
Availability: Buy Union Wood Co. Serving Tray here

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Big Top Tablecloth

Normally soft, subdued colors draw my eye, and I would guess most of us play it pretty safe when it comes to color in our homes. Maybe it’s the perpetual grey weather of January that has me itching for crazy-in-your-face color… you know, the kind that makes your eyes water and brings delight and sometimes even a ‘for goodness sakes!’ response. Now, this tablecloth might not tick all those boxes, but it is ‘fun’, with its big top imagery, even if it is a little bit juvenile. It’s appealing with its bright red and white and tassels (tassels, for goodness sakes!). Just the thing for this time of year.

Handmade of cotton in India.

Purchase Information:

Price: $68.00
Available from: UncommonGoods

Hive Honey Set

I’m a big fan of honey. A little bit in chai tea, on bread, with plain yogurt, etc… I go through a small jar so fast it’s silly. Now, I’m thinking this set from BioDidactic Designs might just outperform the plastic squeeze bottle that’s near its end, plus it’ll look a lot nicer on the counter or tabletop.


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Price: $99.00
Available from: BioDidactic Designs

Heart Salt Shaker

One tiny hole on this heart shaped salt shaker reminds you to take a little less…
designed by Bormann & Serman.

Also available from odc-paris for €39.

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Price: $59.00
Available from: Fitzsu Society

Table Brush & Dustpan

Whether you have breadcrumbs on your table or eraser shavings on your desk, this brush and dustpan set will make short work of cleaning up. Made by the Iris Hantverk company (they employ visually impaired craftsmen in Sweden).

Small oiled beech wood dustpan and horsehair brush.

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Price: $64.00
Available from: Fitzu Society

Squishy Bowl Set

Rarely are dishes and such labeled ‘fun’, but this bowl and cup set are decidedly so for their squishiness. No worries of breakage, you can shove this food grade silicone set in a bag or backpack and know that if you need a vessel for food or drink you are entirely prepared. I’d think they’d come in handy whether you’re on a camping voyage or at the office kitchen.


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Price: $16.99
Available from: ThinkGeek

Happy New Year!…Champagne Gift Set

Happy New Year! Have a safe celebratory night if you venture out (or stay in, for that matter)… we’ll return to posts as usual on Wednesday, January 5, 2011.

Shown above: 5-piece stainless steel champagne gift set, $49.95 from CB2

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Price: $49.95
Availability: Buy Happy New Year!…Champagne Gift Set here

Chess Bottle Stops

Knight and Queen bottle stops? Yes, please. Add these to your list of perfect stocking stuffers.

Designer : David Weeks
Made of wood and cork.
Measurements : H 3.5″ x Dia 1″

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Price: $20.00
Available from: Kikkerland

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InsideOut Collection Champagne Glass

From our archives (originally published October 2, 2007), for your gift list consideration…

This is one of the more interesting champagne glasses I’ve come across in my many days of perusing online retail stores.

“Besides the visual beauty, there is another extremely convincing argument: your drink simply doesn’t warm as fast as it would in a normal champagne glass as you are not touching it at all and if you really want it cold, chill the glasses in the freezer and create an amazing visual presentation…”

Handmade, 1.5″ (3,8 cm) wide and 9.25″ (23,5 cm) high

Set of 2.

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Price: $65.00
Availability: Buy InsideOut Collection Champagne Glass here

Sagaform Wine Decanter

From our archives (originally published December 1, 2008), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

I think as far as wine decanters go, this one is incredibly elegant…might be the perfect gift for a wine lover.

67 oz., Glass, Oak.

Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods