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Hay & Scholten & Baijings’ Crystal Carafe

Yes, we have featured Scholten & Baijings’ Colour Crystal Stemware before. Well done for paying attention. However, not much fuss was made over the Crystal Carafes, which is understandable as they have a very subtle touch of color.

Choose the carafe with gradient blue or yellow descending from its top edge, or pick the carafe with gold pooling at its base. Pair a couple of Colour Glass Tumblers along with the carafe for an impressive serving set; water (or cocktails) will look oh-so-elegant.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: A+R Store

House Trivets

This wooden trivet folds into a small, architectural “objet d’art.” That in itself is pretty cute, but it also means that it’d be easy to tuck away in a drawer or on a shelf when not in use. There’s a leather loop for hanging as well. Note: this would make a great housewarming gift for a friend or coworker.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $38.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Sasso Serving Trays

It’s a large, flat wooden serving tray, so what’s the big deal? As is often the case, the big deal is in the smallest of details. A pebble-like shape finishes in a precise edge, giving the tray a very subtle, sculptural feel that puts the beauty of the wood front and center. But wait, is it too nice for your snacks or hors d’oeuvres? Nope, the price is pretty friendly despite its high-end look.
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Price: $20.00 - 99.00
Available from: Hem

Slow Coffee Style Carafe Set by Kinto

Coffee usually speeds you up, but what about slowing things down? That frazzled go-go-go pace of your life won’t help your overall well being, as you probably already know (but won’t do much about). Perhaps you could dedicate a few moments to, well, smelling the coffee as it brews. Using the pour-over method, this carafe set brews the coffee slowly, forcing you to slow down and add water bit by bit.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $54.10
Available from: Emmo Home

Soapstone Shot Cups

Besides the lovely bluish hue, did you know that non-porous soapstone will not trap flavor or odors? And that it keeps your favorite beverage cold? Now, back to the lovely bluish-black hue, let’s hope that’s not just the spotlights creating the color, because it’s something special. Designed by Thea Mehl for Teroforma’s Ekke series and sold as a set of four.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00 s/4
Available from: A+R Store

Hasami Porcelain Collection

Yes, you have seen this set of dinnerware by Takuhiro Shinomoto and Hasami before. Considering the beauty and function, it’s only right for another place in the spotlight, and this time the link is directly to the designer’s shop (as is only fitting).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00+
Available from: Tortoise General Store

Silicone Highball, Rocks, Wine Glass

Can you believe these are silicone glasses? Unbreakable and easy to clean, they’re perfect for outdoor use around the pool or patio. There’s the Highball size (mixed drinks and cocktails), the Rocks (shaped for whiskey or other on-the-rocks liquor), and the Wine Tumbler. Choose the size(s) most suitable for you and rest easy knowing that no matter how tipsy you or your guests get, your best glassware won’t be shattered.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $26.95
Available from: Snow Peak

Bambino Kids Set, Warm and Cool

Parents, can we discuss the silly plates and dishes on which you serve your children food? Maybe they like garish pink or blue, or the cartoon characters in colors that would make a discerning adult nauseous, but why not gently steer them towards something easier on the eyes? This tableware by Ekobo Home is still colorful, yet the color is of a softer, quieter variety. Made from bamboo, a renewable natural resource, each piece is dishwasher-safe, so you’ll not need to sacrifice an easy cleanup. The set has four pieces; a cup, a bowl, a deep plate and a spoon, just enough to cover the essentials, or pick and choose your pieces individually.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: Gretel Home

Weaver Tea Jar and Infuser set

A good tea canister and infuser can make all the difference in making a cup of tea. Hot water and tea may be the ingredients, but the whole process is enjoyed all the more with elegant tools. This copper Weaver Tea Jar by Toast Living will hold your leaves in pride of place while the small infuser will make brewing a special event with a stainless steel basket and a terra-cotta lid.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: designboom store

Wilfa Precision Coffee Maker

You might think this coffee maker looks like a chemistry experiment, and that’s entirely understandable due to its beaker-like tank. Any avid coffee fan knows that it takes a precise temperature and water control to create the perfect cup, and this automatic filter brewer is made for a professional barista’s exactitude*. It also looks pretty cool in action, as heated water (of an optimal 197ºF–205ºF temperature, as recommended by the SCAA) is extracted from the water tank and pumped into the double-wall filter holder. Watch it in action on the retailer’s site to see the full effect.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $249.95 - 329.95
Available from: Williams Sonoma

Groove Marble Trivet

Nice! The Groove Trivet from Hallgeir Homstvedt and Muuto meet three essentials: it’s functional, pretty, and affordable. Protect your tabletop and enjoy the etched marble surface as a textured material to contrast with other surfaces. As Muuto (or the retailer) says, “get into the groove!”
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Purchase Information:

Price: $59.00
Available from: A+R Store

Naturally Cooling Ceramic Wine Cooler

When you’re drinking rosé or white wine, do you really want to deal with ice and buckets? Nope. Get yourself this Ceramic Wine Cooler from Magisso and then pat yourself on the back for making chilled drinks that much easier. Soak the cooler in cold water for just a few minutes, then let the natural evaporation process keep your bottle perfectly chilled for 2 to 4 hours, no ice necessary. A glazed base prevents water rings. Smart, right? It does the trick; I own one myself and couldn’t be more pleased (unless it somehow opened the bottle of wine for me, of course).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: A+R Store

Spoonless Container

No spoon needed with this container. Just remove the cork lid from the small spout and pour. What will you store in it? Up to you, of course, but all sorts of things would work. Dry goods like loose leaf tea, rice, or sugar perhaps? Use it in the kitchen for oft-used ingredients or on the table for serving. In either case, the containers are pretty enough to be left out for all to see.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00 -69.00
Available from: Leibel

Cosmic Diner Collection

A cosmic collection of dinner plates? Yes, please. Thank goodness Diesel Living teamed up with Seletti to produce the Cosmic Diner Collection, because our tabletops just aren’t complete without a sun, moon, and a few planets. Made of porcelain, each plate is decorated with an image of a planet, so pick your favorites for a colorful presentation and possible astronomy lesson.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $70.00
Available from: Gessato

Sphere Bottle Opener

It’s a smooth, round bottle opener that fits the palm of your hand perfectly. What else could you ask for, besides a good beer or two? Consider it for your next housewarming or host/hostess gift if the new homeowner or host/hostess likes a certain bottled beverage. Available in black or natural wood.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $18.00
Available from: Areaware