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Abra Cadabra Collection

Have your dishes won any awards lately? These have*. And I can see why.

Microwave and dishwasher safe. Made in Germany.

*Awarded with the Baden-Württemberg International Design Award 2003, the Form 2003, Design Plus 2003, the Good Design Award 2002 Japan, the Good Design Award 2001, a recognition within the Thuringian Product Design Award 2001 competition and the reddot award 2001. Nominated for the Federal Design Award 2002.

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Price: $8.00
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Bob’s Your Uncle Wine-Tasting Coaster Pad

Oh, I like these so much. If you’ve ever heard someone wax poetic about wine, especially when you don’t know much about it other than it tastes kinda good, then you’ll appreciate these coasters.

Pad of disposable paper coasters featuring made-up wine tasting quotes.
48 coasters, 4 each of 12 designs in a tear-off pad.

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Price: $8.00
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Normann CRYSTAL Carafe with 5 plastic cups

Plastic and crystal, two very different materials combined to make a winning combination (in this particular instance). I like the colors of the plastic cups too.

“A sculpted, transparent glass carafe complete with cups in colored plastic. The unexpected contrast between color and materials creates a dynamic between the cool and warm materials and the rigid lines and soft shapes.

(by Marcel Wanders, 2005)

Glass and plastic. Approx. 1 ltr.

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Price: $50.00
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Kinos Sushi Set

The Kinos Sushi Set has been designed to look like paper boxes which have been appropriated as impromptu platters.

DIMENSIONS: Square plate smll18 x 18 x 2,5 cm, soya sauce dish9 x 9 x 2,5 cm Long Plate 26,5 x 9 x 2,5 cm Square plate lrge 26 x 26 x 4 cm

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Price: $35.00
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Magnusen Flatware

I can’t quite figure out what is so Nordic about these, but it just looks like a guy named Magnussen designed them. Erik Magnussen, to be exact. Maybe it’s the subtle curves and angles. Anyway, they’re stunning.

Magnussen
5-piece place
setting

designer:
Erik Magnussen

design year:
1981

manufacturer:
Stelton, Denmark

materials:
stainless steel, satin finish

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Price: $112.00
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Grcic Goblet by Konstantin Grcic

Smoky glass, on sale, designed by Konstantin Grcic. What more do you need to know?

“These goblets were designed by Konstantin Grcic for Iittala’s Relations line. Grcic was named Brooklyn Museum’s Young Designer of the Year for 1998, and these clean, streamlined pieces are a great example of his work. This glassware was designed to be durable as well as useful; all pieces are designed to be stackable, each resting on an inner ‘shelf’ of the piece below. Available in grey. 11.5oz”

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Price: $9.80
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PUBLIQUE LIVING EVA BUBBLE COASTERS

These “Bubble” coasters by Publique Living are made from die-cutting high density closed-cell foam. Mix things up with a set of 5 (brown, orange, white, grey and lime). Hand-wash only. 4″ diam

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Price: $10.00
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CK Cups

Something worth taking a look at…these cups are square on the bottom and round at the top (thought I’d help you out just in case the picture didn’t do its job) which makes for a very nice shape.

Designed by Florian Aberle.

porcelain

7 x 9 cm

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Price: $34.95
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Wave Cups

These ceramic deep blue cups are sure to make your mornings, noons, and nights more enjoyable. Why? Well, because they’re pretty. Isn’t that reason enough?

3″h

made in japan

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Price: $10.00
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Wit Series Glasses

I’m fond of witticisms. How ’bout you? Maybe they’ll inspire you. It’s worth a try.

Jaque
money doesn’t make ideas . . . . ideas make money.

Einstein
imagination is more important than knowledge.

Caesar
i came, i saw, i conquered.

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Price: $9.00
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Ink Blot Dinner Plate Series by Kathleen Walsh

I think these might be one of my favorite things I’ve seen in a while…and I’m going to quote straight from unica as they did such a good job explaining the series and such:

“the ink blot series, designed by kathleen walsh for walteria living, is inspired by a 19th century parlor game called blotto. a pre-cursor to the use of inkblots by rorschach in modern research psychology as personality tests, blotto encouraged right-brain thinking in a social setting. it is the intent of this series to simulate a similar dialogue and promote togetherness around the dinner table. plates are japanese porcelain with lead-free certified glaze. sold as a set of 4. available with text in black or gold. dimensions: 10.7″d

text on the plates reads as follows:
a) “1% – an outlaw biker rides alone, his destiny remains uncertain”
b) “compassion among species – 2 altruistic butterflies fly 2 injured field mice to safety”
c) “dueling roosters – 2 roosters engage in staring competition, there will be only 1 winner”
d) “an unlikely event – 1 winged porcine creature stands poised at the edge of a reflective pool”‘

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“Goldfish” Asia Tea Cup

I wish I had seen these before making my christmas list. Shoot. There’s always next year, right? These two Bone China cups are sold as a set. Hand-painted with signature “Goldfish” motif.

Measures 6(d) x 5 (h) cm
Available in one color only

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Price: $45.00
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dreaming of a… cocktail napkins

Clever, no? Your guests will appreciate the humor, I’m sure.

Set of 20 cocktail napkins. 5″ sq.

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Price: $4.95
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‘The Tast of Talking’ Salt & Pepper Set by Henk Stallinga

If I were to collect salt and pepper shakers, these would be the crowning glory (I think).

“The receiver and mouthpiece of a telephone are mounted on the indicators of a Morris Mini. They form the salt and pepper set ‘The Taste of Talking’ and is part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.”

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Shanghai Platters

Do you love these or what? I just might have to cave and buy a couple of these for myself this holiday season…

“Apparently the inscription has nothing to do with mandarin beef or bok choy: it’s the subject line for a letter of career appointment dated in the King’s third year, first month, twelfth day. Business dinner, perhaps?”

•Unique dip-and-pour glaze with Chinese characters
•Twice fired durable stoneware
•Dishwasher- and microwave-safe

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Price: $3.95
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