Tabletop

Brewing Pitcher (Ice Tea)

This will sure be handy once the summer heat sets in…

“Steep hot tea in the lidded upper pitcher and then Flash Chill deliciously fresh iced tea by pouring the brewed beverage into the ice in the lower pitcher for immediate service. The signature piece of our Tea-Over-Ice™ line, these sculpturally designed pitchers are made from hand-blown heat-resistant glass and stack for a captivating table side presentation.”

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Purchase Information:

Price: $42.00
Availability: Buy Brewing Pitcher (Ice Tea) here

EVA SOLO’S CAFE SOLO COFFEE BREWER

This is a perfect gift for your favorite coffee drinker.

“Eva Solo bring their “less is more” design aesthetic to the simple task of brewing coffee. Simply spoon in the coffee, add boiling water, stir and replace the drip-free filter funnel and the tip-up lid. Wait four minutes, and pour the freshly-brewed coffee. The lid and the cover keep the coffee warm for 30 minutes, as well as giving the brewer is distinctive “flask in a pullover” look.The covers are available in knitwear or neoprene (zipped). Consisting of four easy-to-clean parts (heatproof flask, lid, filter and cover), with a custom stirrer, easy to clean and maintain. Winner of numerous design awards, including the 2004 Design-Plus. This method of brewing coffee is the closest to that used by professional coffee tasters and blenders.”

[posted by kris]

Purchase Information:

Price: $75
Availability: Buy EVA SOLO’S CAFE SOLO COFFEE BREWER here

New York City Skyline Tumbler by Nicci Green, 2007

The delicate line drawing on this tumber is just enough detail, plus, it’s New York City, so who wouldn’t like that?

“Crafted by hand using partially recycled glass, this tumbler shows the iconic New York City skyline in a simple line drawing. The hand blowing process used to create the tumbler results in subtle ripples and striations, adding to the individuality of each piece. Hand-wash recommended.”

Size: 3.5h x 3.3″diam.

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.00
Availability: Buy New York City Skyline Tumbler by Nicci Green, 2007 here

Crystal Barware by Ted Muehling

These are absolutely lovely, no doubt about it, but man, you’d think they’d almost be too precious to use.

“Inspired by the whimsical sensibilities of warm weather and the fantastical nature of soaring butterflies, this delicate, lead-free Austrian crystal collection is an absolute treasure.”

Butterfly Decanter and Stopper, $600.00
One Butterfly Balloon Glass, $210.00
Two Butterfly Balloon Glass, $340.00
Three Butterfly Balloon Glass, $465.00
Three Butterfly Tumbler, $330.00

Purchase Information:

Price: $210.00
Availability: Buy Crystal Barware by Ted Muehling here

Adónde Stoneware

This stoneware collection seems to balance a modern aesthetic with a natural sensibility. The plates can double as lids for bowls, serving bowls are oven-safe casseroles, and (my favorite) the cups have a lid that’s perfect for holding a tea bag or small snack.

“Combining versatility, smart design and good stewardship of the earth’s resources, the stoneware assortment comprises several differently sized “cylinders.” Although each cylinder size has been given a name, that doesn’t need to dictate its use. The stoneware’s enamel is hand-applied and made entirely from all-natural minerals. The coordinating utensil set has a pared-down aesthetic and is crafted from sustainable wood from well-managed forests. Stoneware is dishwasher, oven and microwave safe. Made in France.”

crafted from natural stoneware and mineral enamel.

Cup, $15.00
Cup Lid/Tea Bag Holder, $15.00
Olive Bowl, $15.00
Salad Plate, $25.00
Salad Serving Bowl, $65.00
Dinner Plate, $35.00
Bowl, $25.00
Serving Bowl, $70.00
Appetizer Picks (Set of 6), $25.00
Adónde Dessert Spoons (Set of 4), $25.00
Adónde Tongs (Set of 2), $20.00 – $30.00

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00-$70.00
Availability: Buy Adónde Stoneware here

Radiator Mug

Pretty smart interpretation for keeping your beverages hot and your hand comfortable…

“the radiator mug designed by stephen reed is a refreshing departure from the traditional handle-style mug. instead of relying on that handle to allow you to hold a hot beverage, the radiator’s stylish and functional fins do the trick, providing just enough contact to keep your hand warm. the radiator mug is a must-have for those who appreciate its industrial style, or those who simply prefer that their everyday objects possess a little more flair.”

4.1″h x 3.5″ diameter

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Availability: Buy Radiator Mug here

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