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Anne Black Tilt Porcelain Dishware

Handmade from high quality porcelain materials, this collection is really kind of fun with it’s slighty off-kilter design. The red line is a silkscreen print applied by hand, and it’s just the perfect touch.

All pieces are made with non-toxic glazes suitable for any foods and beverages and are dishwasher safe.

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Availability: Buy Anne Black Tilt Porcelain Dishware here

Insect Fruit Plates

I absolutely love these plates and I know that they are way too expensive (at least for the average person). But they’re so completely lovely; the hand painted insects were taken from a famous Cumberland pattern designed by Joseph Zachenberger from 1760-1765 (I’m such a sucker for historical replicas).

hand painted, glazed porcelain bisque underneath.

Insect fruit plate (one insect),
$290.00,

Insect fruit plate (two insect),
$350.00,

Insect fruit plate (three insect),
$405.00

Purchase Information:

Price: $290-$405
Availability: Buy Insect Fruit Plates here

Porcelain Styrofoam Cups

It looks like styrofoam but isn’t. Sold as a set of six, you’ll get a unique grouping of bent, bit and crunched designs. There’s over 30 different designs, so rest assured that you’ll be pleased with the assortment. I like ‘em lots.

Handmade in New York.

Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Availability: Buy Porcelain Styrofoam Cups here

Walnut Punched Placemat

What a nice placemat! And it’s different and modern and made from formica veneer on wood. I like it. But, there’s something unfortunate- it’s apparently discontinued and therefore the quantity is limited. Shoot, huh? Anybody know of another place that carries it?

L 15 3/4″ x W 11 3/4″

Purchase Information:

Price: $23.10
Availability: Buy Walnut Punched Placemat here

masahiro mori bar set

Masahiro Mori has created some amazing porcelain pieces and this collection of barware is no exception. The set includes 4 small sake glasses, 4 whisky tumblers and a pitcher and ice bucket.

$40 for the sake cups
$60 for the whiskey tumblers
$205 for the entire set–including pitcher and ice bucket

Purchase Information:

Price: $205
Availability: Buy masahiro mori bar set here

Jonathan Adler teapot

From one of Jonathan Adler’s earlier lines, the ‘Nelson’ line of pottery is based on the bubble lamps made by George Nelson. I really like how Adler can make ceramic look like it’s draped over a wire frame. It’s elegant.

Purchase Information:

Price: $98.00
Availability: Buy Jonathan Adler teapot here

Stamp Mugs

I love the idea of taking an inherent flaw of something and turning it into an advantage. This concept takes the familiar coffee ring and elevates it to something unexpected yet welcome. I saw these on this great design site a long time ago but, as far as I know, they weren’t available for purchase. Finally, it’s been picked up by a retailer in the US.

Purchase Information:

Price: $55.00
Availability: Buy Stamp Mugs here

Condiment Set

Before I went to Japan I had big plans of taking home useful items that have been designed well and that are unavailable in the US. That’s essentially what shopping in another country is about: taking home something that you can’t find anywhere else. Well, when I got to Japan it seemed like everything fit that description. It’s like going to the pound and wanting to take home every animal and you realize it just won’t be possible.

Anyway, I saw this in Tokyo, and due to sensory overload I didn’t take this, or any of it’s brothers and sisters home with me.

Regret is expensive.

Purchase Information:

Price: $62.00
Availability: Buy Condiment Set here

Float Tea Lantern and Tea Cups

I think maybe I posted this collection a while back (and if I didn’t, it’s gotten plenty of well-deserved attention from other sites) but now I’m bringing it to your attention again since I recently ran across a retailer. Each teapot is individually handmade in the Czech Republic from fine borosilicate glass (which is superior for its high temperature resistance) and, because of the design, you are able to pour it by hand just like any ol’ bottle. I guess I don’t have to mention that it’s absolutely the most beautiful teapot/lantern that I’ve ever seen- quite different from your average tea set to say the least.

“Designed by architects Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Float Tea Lantern recently won acclaim at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City and awards from both UNESCO and London’s The Architectural Review.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $159.00
Availability: Buy Float Tea Lantern and Tea Cups here

Martini Goblets

Who doesn’t enjoy a martini now and then? And who wouldn’t mind a glass that is a bit easier to handle and therefore escape any sloshing that usually occurs? The colors are quite fun and give some elegance to the sturdy shape.

Sold as a set of four.

Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Availability: Buy Martini Goblets here

Rubberband Coffee Cups

These cups are insulated by a rubberband so you can drink your morning OJ or coffee just the same.

-Fun color band protects hands from heat
-Glass and natural rubber
-Glass: dishwasher-safe
-Rubber: hand wash

Purchase Information:

Price: $2.95
Availability: Buy Rubberband Coffee Cups here

Upstate Collection, Constantin Boym 2002

I like these so much I can hardly stand to talk about them. At first glance, these plates look like the picturesque towns and touristy places, but, upon closer inspection you notice that you don’t really know what’s going on. All of these plates are digital decal prints (on ceramic) of nondescript places in upstate New York. Telephone wires, ‘wrong’ cars on the road, and other odd things make these odd plates really quite wonderful. (Two more are available, just not shown here.)

Each plate is numbered from a limited edition of 300.

dimensions: 12″ wide.

Purchase Information:

Price: $90.00
Availability: Buy Upstate Collection, Constantin Boym 2002 here

broad handled flatware

Finding affordable silverwear that’s streamlined and lacking ornamentation is difficult. These fit the bill nicely.
Flat handles and oversize heads in polished 18/8 stainless steel.

$39 for Flatware set: Four five-piece settings with salad fork, dinner fork, knife, soup spoon and teaspoon.

$14 for serving set: 8.75″ fork and 8.25″ spoon.

Purchase Information:

Price: $14-$34
Availability: Buy broad handled flatware here

Fusionware Everyday Vessels

I’ve long liked these very appropriate-sized vessels. Such a simple design lends versitility; use them for drinking, cooking (i.e. keeping ingredients handy), or as votive holders.

stoneware, dishwasher/microwave-safe.

flask with 8 cups, gloss white

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Availability: Buy Fusionware Everyday Vessels here

Black Forest Dinnerware

Do you happen to remember the Black Forest Vases I posted forever ago? Were you paying attention? Probably not, and that’s okay, because I’m going to do you a favor and let you know about the expansion of that particular graphic into dinnerware. I’m excited about it even though I can’t afford it.

Made in Germany from Fine Bone China. Dishwasher safe.

lovely, isn’t it?

Purchase Information:

Price: $85.00
Availability: Buy Black Forest Dinnerware here