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Digital Dinner Plate Set

For those days when you’re feeling a bit pixelated, you can pull out your digital dinnerware to cheer yourself up. High-grade, dishwasher-safe melamine plastic plates (don’t microwave them).

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No longer available.

Forest Dinner Plate, etc.

Loveliness on a plate, that’s what this is. Delicate light grey patterns grace the white porcelain plates and bowls, and, of course, this particular collection was designed by Tord Boontje. Dishwasher safe.

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Price: $34.95
Availability: Buy Forest Dinner Plate, etc. here

Publique Living Veneer Placemats & Coasters

Not bad for placemats, eh? Natural veneers are laminated onto flexible foam to make for some decent/simple table protection.

18″ x 12″

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Price: $22.00
Availability: Buy Publique Living Veneer Placemats & Coasters here

simple flatware

About a year ago I bought some “modern” flatware. It looked great at first but then after a while it started to get rusty. It’s because it was not stainless steel. I learned my lesson. This flatware is mirror-finished 18/8 stainless steel. Dishwasher safe.

Flatware set : Four five-piece settings of salad fork, dinner fork, knife, soupspoon and teaspoon. 6.5″–9″l.

Serving set : 9″l fork and 8.5″l spoon.

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Price: $49
Availability: Buy simple flatware here

simple dinnerware

Simple dinnerware on sale.
Semigloss glazed white stoneware for every day or entertaining. Microwave and dishwasher safe. Set includes 4-dinner plates, 4-salad plates, 4-bowls and 4-mugs.

Dinner plates : 11″diam.
Salad plates : 8″diam.
Bowls : 6″diam.
Mugs : 4.25″h.

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Price: $69.00
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Full/Fill Series

Reminiscent of the plastic bottles we so hastily use and discard, the Full/Fill Series was designed by Luis Royal and Damaso for Marinha Grande Glass. Handmade in Portugal.

MGLASS LARGE FULL/FILL BOTTLE 12.5 X 3″, $35.00

MGLASS FULL/FILL MEDIUM BOTTLE 11 X 2.75″, $30.00

MGLASS FULL/FILL LARGE GLASS SET OF 2 5.5 X 3.15″, $30.00
MGLASS FULL/FILL JUICE GLASS SET OF 2 4.75 X 2.25″, $25.00

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Price: $25.00
Availability: Buy Full/Fill Series here

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.

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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

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Price: $290-$405
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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″

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Price: $23.10
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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.

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Price: $95.00
Availability: Buy Porcelain Styrofoam Cups 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

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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.

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Price: $98.00
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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.

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Price: $55.00
Availability: Buy Stamp Mugs 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.

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Price: $60.00
Availability: Buy Martini Goblets 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.

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Price: $62.00
Availability: Buy Condiment Set here