tokyo novelty plates

What a great gift for your favorite sushi-phile. Perfect little kimono inspired shapes highlight these delicate plates.

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Price: $24
Availability: Buy tokyo novelty plates here

Gothic Dinner Plates (by Thomas Paul)

More ‘gothic’ plates by Mr. Paul…just in case you’d like to add to the others (Gothic Side Plates posted previously).

Dishwasher safe, not microwavable.
Measures 11″ in diameter.
Set of 4.

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No longer available.

Coffee Time Set, White

The way the saucers act as a lid is a definite benefit, and I especially like the spoon/stirrers. I think this would be a nice gift for someone that entertains…

Porcelain coffee set: tray, 6 cups, saucers and spoons.

4.75 in x 7.175 in x 2.25 in.

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Price: $45.00
Availability: Buy Coffee Time Set, White here

Dish Up

The Dish Up ceramic dinnerware creates partitions for your food, and their unique flat edge allows them to be stored vertically.

Small: 8.85″ x 3.75″ x 1.4″
Medium: 9.15″ x 5.45″ x 1.4″
Large: 9.25″ x 7″ x 1.25″


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Price: $39.00
Availability: Buy Dish Up here

Droog Tableshape Tablecloth with Napkin

For those of you that are hopeless at tablecloths and fancy napkin folding, you need not fear. Laser cut lines provide a guide for any sort of table as well as adding a bit of decoration. The napkins have guides for two different classical arrangements. You might have to save up for the set, but it would be worth it.

Tableshapes Tablecloth, $375.00

Tablecloth for 6 with Napkins, $510.00

Tablecloth for 8 with Napkins, $550.00

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Price: $28.00
Availability: Buy Droog Tableshape Tablecloth with Napkin here

Tag Cup

This cup bears resemblance to a cupcake, but I say that meaning it in a good way (for who doesn’t love cupcakes?). This cup is much more handy to have (than a cupcake) when handling hot or cold beverages. Would be a stand-out gift for someone that needs a new beverage-holder.

“Porcelain cup encased in easy to grip silicone sleeve. The silicone insulates the cup, keeping hot hot and cold cold, protects your hands from heat, and looks great too.”

Dimensions: 4.3″Ø x 3.5″H

Available in Mint, Plum or Carrot

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Price: $29.00
Availability: Buy Tag Cup here

Gothic Side Plates

I saw one of these plates a while ago, and was quite sad to learn that it was not available to purchase. So, of course, to my delight, it is now available as a set with three other really great graphic designs. I like them so much I’d be tempted to hang them on the wall.

“This classic side plate set is made from high quality, durable melamine. The pattern is an exclusive Thomas Paul design that references traditional motifs used in fine china and adds a modern gothic spin.”

Set of 4.
Measures 9″ in diameter.
Dishwasher safe, not microwavable.

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No longer available.

Droplet Glass

If you or someone you’re fond of is a connoisseur of wine (or sake), this particular glass would be nice and special. It arrives in its own small wooden crate (which could be displayed on its own) that rounds out the whole ‘special’ package.

“The 8 oz glass is exceptionally thin and has a beautiful inverted droplet shape which, as you gently swirl the glass, helps to aerate the liquid and release the bouquet.”

3 1/2″ high

Purchase Information:

Price: $42.00
Availability: Buy Droplet Glass here

The Tea Stick

I first read about this last year in METROPOLIS magazine, and knew it would be the perfect holiday gift for my good friend who drinks loose tea quite often. A few weeks into the new year, my friend confided that it was their favorite gift and that they use it everyday! For under $25, I don’t think you could go wrong if you have any tea drinkers on your gift list.

“The ultimate infuser for tea enthusiasts features intuitive “scoop-slide-steep” functionality while it reflects the aesthetic of traditional loose tea service. Durable enough for industrial use, it has no breakable mechanisms and is constructed entirely of 304L stainless steel with holes small enough to infuse the finest of teas. The innovative design provides optimum flow for perfect steeping and incorporates a fill-line. The Teastick fits nicely into glasses and mugs and is ideal for a 10-14 oz perfect cup of tea.”

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Price: $22.00
Availability: Buy The Tea Stick here

Iittala Mango Flatware

If you use this for any dinner parties, you had better prepare something more spectacular than the flatware!

“Mango’s bold design continues to delight 21st century diners in both everyday and formal table settings with its genuine elegance. Made of matte brushed 18/10 stainless steel.

Nanny Still is one of Finland’s most colorful designers with a wide range of products. She works with the same clear elegance in a variety of different materials: metal, glass, ceramics. Nanny Still masters almost everything to do with art and industrial design. She was awarded the Pro Finlandia medal in 1972 and the Diploma of Honour at the Triennale in Milan in 1954, to name just a few of her awards.”

Designed in 1971 by Nanny Still

5 piece place setting as shown

Purchase Information:

Price: $70.00
Availability: Buy Iittala Mango Flatware here

Stak Table Set by Karim Rashid

“Designed by Karim Rashid for Danese in 2003. Stak is the perfect stackable modern table set. Each set includes a plate, bowl, soucer and cup. Made of high quality Italian ceramic-ware. A stylish alternative to traditional table ware.”

Material: Ceramic-ware.

Dimensions: 7.87″ h x 10.04″ w

Purchase Information:

Price: $350.00
Availability: Buy Stak Table Set by Karim Rashid here

Fern & Frond Glasses

These are quite lovely…

“Three different delicate flora and fauna patterns are carved into glass then hand-painted using colorful translucent paints. The glass is then reheated to set the color. Each piece will vary slightly, due to the nature of the handmade creations. Hand washing is recommended. Set of 6, 2 of each pattern.”

Small Glasses (Set of 6)– 3 ½”dia x 3 ½”h

Large Glasses (Set of 6) – 3”dia x 5 ¾”h

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Price: $62.00
Availability: Buy Fern & Frond Glasses here

Shake by Tonfisk

Pretty cute little shakers.

“Shake is a pair of salt and pepper shakers in a white vitreous china with large cork stoppers making them easy to refill. D 7.5cm H 7cm. Tonfisk originates from Finland with the idea of creating new innovative tableware without sacrificing values like clarity, functionality and personality.”

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Price: $49.00
Availability: Buy Shake by Tonfisk here

Tord at Target

I had to pinch myself when I heard the news: Tord Boontje designed a line for Target! The only thing I like more than great design, is affordable great design, and who could deny this set of four dessert plates for $17?

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Price: $16.99
Availability: Buy Tord at Target here

Meet People Drink Identifiers by Atypyk

Think about it, $6 to avoid the normal, boring, how-do-I-start-a-conversation-with-this-person-I-know-absolutely-nothing-about or the which-glass-is-mine feeling. Well worth it for you and your guests.

“What’s in the glass makes you talk, but what’s ON the glass is what you’ll talk about. 90 Words to stick on glasses or plastic cups. ATYPYK is the industrial design firm founded by the French designers Jean Sebastian Ides and Ivan Duval. Introducing happy ideas that are wonderful, amusing and innovative.”

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Price: $6.00
Availability: Buy Meet People Drink Identifiers by Atypyk here