Tabletop

THOUT UtiliTILE: Forked Up

Thinking outside of the box, UtiliTILE has designed a creative solution to utensil storage. It’s halfway between a useful fixture and an art piece, which leads me to think it’s well worth some consideration.

“UtiliTILE: Dining is a series of simple-to-mount yet elegant lacquered wall tiles, each providing a specific storage function for the dining room. Have a buffet without having a table… A useful tile for storing your utensils in a fun and space saving way, as if hurled into the wall by a knife thrower. Setting the table is as easy as pulling out as many utensils as you need. Magnets ensure that the system works smoothly.”

Materials: Baltic birch ply, lacquer.

24 W 24 H 1.25 D

Purchase Information:

Price: $300.00
Availability: Buy THOUT UtiliTILE: Forked Up here

Shattered Teapot & Tea Cup

Teatime, anyone? Add some edginess to the tradition with this ‘Shattered’ tea collection.

Fine bone china.

Shattered Tea Cup and Saucer, $23.00, Buy it here.

Shattered Teapot, $60.00,
Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $23.00-$60.00
Availability: Buy Shattered Teapot & Tea Cup here

“I Am Not A Paper Cup” Ceramic Cup

I’d seen this talked about, but it’s not until now that I’ve seen it actually available for purchase (‘purchase’ in the sense of able to order it- it’s out of stock until mid May, but you can preorder now to make sure your name’s down when they’re back in).

Double-walled porcelain cup with silicone top.
Dishwasher safe.

Size: 3.5″ x 6″

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Availability: Buy “I Am Not A Paper Cup” Ceramic Cup here

Ceramic Cups by Sarah Cihat

I posted Sarah Cihat’s Rehabilitated Dishware oh-so-long ago, and was pleased to find some of her new(ish) handmade cups.

Handmade cups with floral art.

3″ high by 3″ dia

Purchase Information:

Price: $70
Availability: Buy Ceramic Cups by Sarah Cihat here

Mix and Match Plates

There’s a little sale over at UO where you can get 4 plates for $18. Mix and Match and spice up your dinner!

Purchase Information:

Price: $18
Availability: Buy Mix and Match Plates here

World Dinner Maps

Introduce some practical visual aids to your daily meal or dinner party with these paper placemats.

Pad of 50 paper placemats featuring detailed maps of four cities; Paris, London, Toyko, and New York.

16.5″ W x 11.5″ D

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Availability: Buy World Dinner Maps here

“Seconds” Plates

Jason Miller now has a set of dinner plates (four on left) and dessert plates (four on right, not shown to scale) to continue with his “Seconds” series. While I liked the
tea sets, I absolutely love the plates. Well done.

‘Products that are “seconds” are products that are not quite right. Jason Miller’s Seconds series challenges the rules that surround modern day consumer items. Who says the decoration has to be in the center? Who says a whole bird is better than half a bird? Made through conventional methods of mass production, the decals on Jason Miller’s tableware are intentionally applied “incorrectly.”‘

Each set of four contains 4 unique patterns.

Dinner Plates, set of four, $120.00, Buy it here.

Dessert Plates, set of four, $80.00, Buy it here.

Available August 1, 2008

Purchase Information:

Price: $120.00
Availability: Buy “Seconds” Plates here

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PopMats

These placemats look too intricate to be disposable, but surprise, they are. Choose from three pop-up graphics to make your next dinner party a little more proper.

Made of 100% recycled paper (30% postconsumer fiber and 70% preconsumer wastepaper).
Set of 10 PopMats; Size 19″x13″.

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.75
Availability: Buy PopMats here

Opulent Boat Plate Set

I’d categorize these plates as more art than tabletop gear, but I’m sure they’d do either job just as well.

“These heavy porcelain plates are part of the Surface 2 line by a French company called Domestic. Domestic works with well-known designers and graphic artists to produce beautiful designs for the home. Each set includes two different designs by one artist. Opulant Boat features sumptuous linework by artist and musician Dylan Martorell.”

10.5″ diam

Purchase Information:

Price: $88.00
Availability: Buy Opulent Boat Plate Set here

Coe & Waito Porcelain Spoons

These aren’t necessarily something you’d buy to complete your table setting, but I think they would be perfect as gift or to make the tea or coffee ritual a little more special.

Bisque porcelain

Small 4″l, Medium 4.5″l, Long 6.5″l.

Purchase Information:

Price: $34.00-$38.00
Availability: Buy Coe & Waito Porcelain Spoons here

Keyaki Wood Tea Cups

I wonder how well wood conducts heat? I’m tempted to buy these; they look so comfortable to hold, plus, they seem more natural than the ceramic mugs we’re all used to.

“Keyaki wood is a Japanese elm and has been much prized for centuries by Japanese woodworkers for the dramatic and beautiful grain. Each teacup is carved from a single block of wood and has a unique pattern. They are light and wonderful to hold in the hand. Set of 4.”

[posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Availability: Buy Keyaki Wood Tea Cups here

Delica Trays

Take a look- these might be just the thing to simplify your breakfast, lunch or dinner. It seems like the one shown could easily take the place of a placemat, eliminating the need for laundry as well as multiple trips to the dining table.

“A series of trays by Zoocreative that will add a lot of comfort (not to mention style) to your dining experience. The Table and Small trays are cleverly designed to rest your arms in the grooves as you sit down to dinner in perfect comfort. Use the Coffee tray to carry food or utensils to the table… or use it as a lovely centerpiece, filled with fruit.”

Available in three different finishes and three different models:
Serving tray – right & left cutouts: 18.5″W x 15.5″L, $79.00
Coffee tray – raised side handles: 18.5″W x 15.5″L, $79.00
Small tray – one cutout: 13.75″W x 11.75″L, $67.00

Purchase Information:

Price: $67.00-$79.00
Availability: Buy Delica Trays here

Brooklyn Mugs

Whether you love or hate Brooklyn, these two mugs help take you back (unless you live there already).

Brooklyn Mug (right), $10.95 4.25” H Capacity: 12 oz.
Brooklynese Mug (left), $9.95 4”H Capacity: 7.5oz

[posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $9.95-$10.95
Availability: Buy Brooklyn Mugs here

Fruit Trough By Gus* Modern

I ran across this a while back displayed as intended, but never as a planter. Looks great either way, and I think it would be the top contender for ‘best affordable fruit container/basket available online’ if we had such a category.

Stainless steel construction

L30″ x W3.5″ x H3″

Purchase Information:

Price: $97.50
Availability: Buy Fruit Trough By Gus* Modern here

Messy Tablecloth

First of all, you’ll need to know a bit of Polish to navigate through this retail site, but this tablecloth is so noteworthy that I couldn’t pass it up just because of the language difference.

(I tried a translation site, but it didn’t really help too much. You can also visit the designer’s site:

Buy it here.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $150
Availability: Buy Messy Tablecloth here