Red Chalk Placemat

Not a bad way to fill those minutes waiting for food, but if you’re over the age of 12 I’d suggest you check with any dinner companions before you pull out your chalk.

“Draw while waiting for your meal. Perfect for at home and restaurants. This single mat comes with 2 pieces of chalk and a sponge for easy cleaning. Washable.”

Also available in Blue, Yellow, and Green.

12″ x 18″

Purchase Information:

Price: $18.00
Availability: Buy Red Chalk Placemat here

Late-For-Dinner Plates & Floral Tumbler

These cheerful dinner plates and tumblers will probably brighten up your table to an arguable amount of absurdity…plus, just the word “quaff” makes me want to buy something.

Floral Tumbler: $6.00, Buy it here.

“A refreshing quaff is the essence of out-of-doors entertaining. Fill these playful glasses with cherry limeade, sun tea or a sparkling tipple.”
-Dishwasher safe
-6.5″H, 3.75″ diameter

Dinner Plates: $24.00, Buy it here.
“Blasts from the past in mod melamine, these retro plates are covered in pop-art flora. Their large size easily accommodates your nostalgic favorites like meatloaf and mashed potatoes.”

-Set of four
-Dishwasher safe
-1″H, 11″ diameter

Purchase Information:

Price: $6.00
Availability: Buy Late-For-Dinner Plates & Floral Tumbler here

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Paper Plates by Virginia Sin

Super smart (porcelain) Paper Plates so you can have the summer feel without the waste.

“I shredded actual paper plates, which previously where used to mold the plates, and then combined the paper pulp with porcelain slip to create my own unique batch of environmentally sound paperclay. When paperclay is fired, some of the paper pulp burns away leaving a lightweight yet strong ceramic structure behind. This allows the porcelain-paperclay paper plates to be nearly as light as the actual paper plates. Also, to ensure everyday porcelain wear and tear, each of the plates are glazed on both sides.”

Microwave and dishwasher safe.
materials: porcelain paperclay

small: 5.5″x5.5″x1/8″, $35.00
medium: 8″x8″x1/8″, $65.00

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00-$65.00
Availability: Buy Paper Plates by Virginia Sin here

Recycled Newsprint Wine Bags – Set of 3

A suitable option for presenting and transporting wine…

“Created from pages recycled from the Hindi Times, this artistic, eco-friendly wine bag is made by a cooperative which supports education and vocational training for women.”

Set of 3. Each bag measures 13″ H x 5.25″ W (32.5 x 13.3 cm).
Handmade in and fairly traded from India.

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.95
Availability: Buy Recycled Newsprint Wine Bags – Set of 3 here

Tom Dixon: Eco Ware Cup Set (4)

The Eco Ware line is the result of experimenting with biodegradeable plastics made from compressed natural materials such as byproducts of coconut, rice and bamboo processing. Tom Dixon created this line of biodegradeable plates, bowls and cups dubbed Eco Ware . This elegant line of sustainable tableware is 85% bamboo bound with a water-soluble polymer.

Eco Ware is fine enough for formal occasions, tough enough for the outdoors, and robust enough for every-day use. The best part is that after a long functional life (5 years give or take), the Eco Ware objects can be recyled into plant pots or simply composted back to the earth.

Size (each cup): 4.25″ height x 4″ width

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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.99
Availability: Buy Tom Dixon: Eco Ware Cup Set (4) here

The Middletons Plates – Complete Set

These plates might brighten up the table a bit…

“Based on the idea that melamine plates can have personalities too, the artist calls this set of four, The Middletons and names each individually – Doug, Janet, Claire & Perry. Take a good look at the family and discover the subtleties in the hues and textures of their overall character. Let them into your home and get to know them.”

Full color, 4 x 10 inch melamine plates. Plates are dishwasher safe, not microwave safe.
Design by Marco Cibola

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Availability: Buy The Middletons Plates – Complete Set here

Napkin Catch Placemats- Set of 2

Cut down on tabletop clutter with placemats that feature built-in napkin rings.

“With this clever placemat designed by Josh Jakus, you will never lose those napkin rings again because each mat features a built-in holder. Pop the attached ring out of the mat and interlock around the napkin, then tuck safely back in for easy storage. Sold as a set of two in gray or black. Gray rubber is 30% post-industrial waste rubber. Black rubber is 100% recycled tires. Handmade in the USA.”

Sold as a set of two mats in gray or black.

18″ L x 12″ W

Purchase Information:

Price: $38.00
Availability: Buy Napkin Catch Placemats- Set of 2 here

Black Bottlebag

I don’t know if you guys buy lots of wine (or liqueur) at once or not, but this bottle bag would cut down on the amount of boxes used each time to move it all to and fro the store and then the recycling center.

“From Reisenthel, this sturdy bottle bag will allow you to safely transport up to 9 1.5 litre bottles. No more bulky boxes or worrying about clanging bottles on the way home. Use the bottle bag to transport recycles to the garbage bin too.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Availability: Buy Black Bottlebag here

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


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.”

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Purchase Information:

Price: $75

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