Tabletop

Amuze Salad Set, Stripe

Yep, they’re salad servers. Not for the more traditional tabletop, of course, but for those of us that prefer the very modern take on just about everything, they tick the right box. There’s something a little science fiction about them, don’t you think? As if they’d look right at home in 2060, if robots haven’t taken over salad serving by then. There’s also a serving set ($33.90) to match, fyi.
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Price: $27.00
Available from: YLiving

Kebo Bottle Opener

If you’re opening a bottle, you should probably have both hands on board, but we’ll make one small exception for this bottle opener. Now your other hand can be free to wave at your friends, show off your other bicep, your amazing coordination skills (juggling?), or maybe even get two Kebo Bottle Openers so you’ll look like a cowboy bartender with his/her Six Shooters. That’s my vote. Rush Dixon, the designer, was inspired by the Theodore Low bottle opener from the 1930s.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Beer Foamer

It is what it is: a Beer Foamer. What’s the point of that? Well, to those of you that are craft beer aficionados, you know that the “complete beer experience” includes those precious bubbles, and when you pour beer from a bottled or can, it just doesn’t have the same effect. So, that’s where this little device from Norm Architects comes in. A clear, shatterproof container holds your beer while the copper top supports the foaming device. A press of the button will create the dense foam you’d expect straight from the tap. It’s as simple as that.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: YLiving

Constellations Napkin Set

I consider it my duty to inform you of any and all items with constellations as decoration, as long as they are decent and/or notable, so, of course, you have to see this napkin set. Napkins are an excellent alternative to your sleeve for keeping your face and hands clean while eating, and I would suggest adding a set to your tabletop if you’ve not already. Your guests will approve of your nice table manners and be forced to act civilized. It’s a win/win situation.

Available from LEIF shop.
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Price: $48.00
Available from: LEIF shop

Geo Thermos

Hello Geo. Nice sharp edges sure set this guy apart from the usual thermos. And the colors (!), that geometric shape, the semi-retro design… who would have thought that a thermos could draw such an admiring audience?
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Price: $90.00
Available from: Scandinavian Grace

Nambu Cast Iron Tea Pot

As if you needed encouragement to purchase this Nambu cast iron kettle, greenergrassdesign is offering 20% off Nambu’s pieces until Saturday (coupon code “Nambu”). Designed by Makoto Koizumi, this kettle is made using traditional craftsmanship in the Iwate Prefecture of Japan. That craftsmanship goes back to the middle of the 17th century, so rest assured that this kettle will last for generations, and look exceptionally good while providing your daily cup or pot of tea. Be sure to check out other Nambu pieces: the Cast Iron Pan with Wooden Lid ($90) looks equally appealing.
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Price: $350.00
Available from: greenergrassdesign

Ori Salt & Pepper Grinder

More geometry, and this time it’s for your tabletop (and tastebuds?). The Ori Salt and Pepper Mills feature ceramic mechanisms that grind pepper, salt, and other spices, all housed within a a pentagonal column. The smaller top portion is for turning, and the larger bottom part for gripping. A matt finish gives an easy and comfortable grip.
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Price: $35.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Chopstick Rest (set of 3)

Nothing spectacular here, just a set of three textured brass chopstick rests that look oh-so-perfect when nestled together in the small package. Could they be a good gift? Maybe. Or something to add to your utensil drawer? That’s more likely, especially if your chopsticks are feeling a little lonely. Designed by Masanori Oji in collaboration with one of Japans oldest metalware manufacturers, Futagami.
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Price: $32.93
Available from: Analogue Life

Grab & Go Coasters

These look a little similar to Food Huggers, don’t they? (Note to self: try out Food Huggers as coasters.) They do to me, and I wonder if condensation gets caught by the coaster or if the coasters are such a tight fit that condensation simply runs off the side. In any case, a coaster that stays with your drink (and possibly catches condensation) is a good fix for all those cold, drippy beverages that you’ll have this summer.
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Price: $8.00
Available from: Umbra

Lazy Suzi 66

A while ago someone wrote in enquiring after modern Lazy Susans, and here we are, months after the initial request with a smacker of an option. I doubt most of us will want to spend five Benjamins on something that passes the food around with minimal effort, but, hey, more power to you if you’re in love with the optical effects. See the Lazy Suzi in action or read more about Lazy Susans in general over at SUITE New York.

Designed by interior designer Kelly Behun for SUITE New York.

Custom wood and laminate spinnning trays.
Available in three optical patterns in black and white.
23.75″ dia
Made in the USA by Kelly Behun / STUDIO.

Purchase Information:

Price: $525.00
Available from: SUITE NY

Flourish Paper Table Runner

You’ve got guests coming over for dinner, but your dining table is looking oh-so-sad and very unadorned, and you’ve not much money to dress it up with a fancy tablecloth. Tablecloths are a bother, anyway, as they need to be laundered and pressed after each use. So, what to do? How about adding some ‘flourish’ with a paper table runner? An ornate black scroll will dress up your tabletop while the kraft paper says ‘Hey, I’m not trying too hard.’ It’s long enough for around 4 separate lengths of an average sized table.
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Price: $35.00
Available from: Paper Trail

Champagne Sabre

We could play the ‘what is it’ game, but let’s just skip straight to the item at hand. It’s a Champagne Sabre, a blade intended to separate the collar and cork from the champagne bottle at its weakest spot above the neck. Now, you’ll notice I mentioned it’s a blade, albeit a curved, blunt blade; does this strike a little fear into anyone else? I’m sure it’s dramatic to slice off the neck of a bottle, but I’m not sure I’d want anyone attempting that particular feat when they’ve already had a few drinks. You know what I mean?
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Price: $149.95
Available from: Vertigo Home

Core Coffee Press

You’re not likely to part with your coffee press, especially if you use it everyday, but just in case the one you have isn’t operating to the best of its abilities, you’ll want to know about the Core Coffee Press. Designed by Rivers of Japan, it consists of a heat-resistant glass beaker and stainless steel mesh press (no paper filter needed). The outer holder protects your hands from the hot glass/water and minimizes the visual mess often found in more traditional coffee making paraphernalia.
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Price: $28.95
Available from: MCA Store

What Is It?

Let’s play the guessing game: what the heck is the item shown above? Despite looking like some sort of futuristic alien egg, it serves a useful purpose when it comes to oenology. If that word is unfamiliar to you, oenology is “the science and study of all aspects of wine and winemaking” (-wikipedia). Looky there, you just learned something, and now you probably have a good idea of the item’s purpose. Yes? No? If not, the pictures below will give it away.
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Price: $200.00
Available from: Luminaire

Loop trivets

Is it a magnet? Nope, it’s a trivet, a solid aluminium (or aluminum, as us Americans say) trivet, to be exact. Heat proof paint in either yellow or matte black finishes off this simple device to protect your tabletop in the most minimal fashion. By Daniel Emma.

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Price: AUD70.00
Available from: The Minimalist