Tabletop

Hexagon Bottle Opener

You can’t have this now, no matter how much you want a bottle opener in the shape of a hexagon. You’ll have to wait until May, as it’s a new item from Ferm Living, and should you possess the patience, you should know it’s made of solid brass with a matte polish. It could also double as an excellent weapon, if you have a good aim and strong throwing arm, but you already knew that, didn’t you?
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Price: $44.00
Available from: Ferm Living

Solid Copper Flask

Need a new home for your happy juice? How about a handcrafted, pure solid copper flask? It will patina with use, so as you age, it will too. And if that makes you sad, don’t you worry: if you prefer to keep it polished, just use a mixture of ketchup (yes, ketchup) and coarse salt to bring back the shine. I see this as a perfect gift for a special event like the birth of a newborn (for the parents), a big promotion, or a silver or golden anniversary- be sure to attach an applicable quote, of course, so that your gift is received in the right light.
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Price: $215.00
Available from: Surname

Normann Copenhagen Tea Strainer

This tea strainer has a flexible silicone body that fits any cup, mug or teapot. The hat-like funnel top retains heat and flavor while your tea is brewing; simply remove the strainer with a built-in handle (no burnt fingers) and fold the silicone top down/up like the brim of a hat to prevent spills or errant drops. Smart!
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Price: $26.50
Available from: Vertigo Home

Menu Kettle Thermo Jug

With the weather being so damn cold, there’s never too many mentions of anything that will keep you warm. And, goodness, a lukewarm cup of coffee or tea is just not acceptable when your fingers or toes are freezing, especially when an appropriate receptacle can keep liquids piping hot for hours. This Menu Kettle Thermo Jug by Norm Architects keeps contents hot for very long period of time: “a beverage at a temperature of 203°F will, after 6 hours in a full jug in a 75°F room, still be 172°F hot.” Impressive, yes? (Especially in a very long/boring meeting, when all that’s keeping you awake is caffiene.)
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Price: $69.95
Available from: AbodeModern

Ciacapo Teapot

It’s coooold out, so how about a hot cup of tea? You might have seen several cast-iron teapots, as they aren’t too hard to find, especially considering all the variations on the traditional Japanese cast-iron pot. However, this Ciacapo fella is something surprising with its bold silhouette. Yep, it’s cast iron, so it will keep your team warm for hours (multiple cups at your desk, anyone?) and, for bonus points, it’s heavy enough to use as a door stop- if for some reason you need to use it as such. Expertly crafted, it’s more than fit for a modern kitchen and will last through years of casual, everyday use.
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Price: $150.00
Available from: COVO shop

Arne Jacobsen cups

Think you can’t afford an Arne Jacobsen piece? Sure, maybe not the furniture, but you can now own… (drum roll) a cup. Who doesn’t want some Bauhaus-inspired typography on their cup of coffee/tea/pencils/pens/miscellany? The letters were originally created by Jacobsen in 1937 for Aarhus City Hall, and now they’ve been revived (with permission) on these porcelain cups. Need I point out this could be a good gift for Jacobsen fans? (No need to go broke- just get two cups with the recipient’s initials if their name is prohibitively long.)

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Price: $21.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Teak Cheeseboard

Here the holidays are, barreling down the road at us whether we like it or not. And I know what you’re thinking, where will you put your fancy cheeses? Actually, that’s probably at the bottom of your list, and understandably so, but don’t forget that presentation is almost as important as the food. A rectangular inlay of stainless steel on this Teak Cheeseboard provides a clean surface for your artisanal cheeses with a fair bit of room left for breads, crackers, and grapes.
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Price: $125.00
Available from: Arango

Limited Edition Soma Water Filter

What will you give this holiday season? A bunch of presents, some of which will be successful and wonderful and others of which might just be ho-hum. Newsflash: you’re not perfect. You don’t have a whole workshop full of elves to craft the perfect gift. But how about giving clean drinking water to a village? That’s a stellar idea. For every limited edition Soma Water Filter purchased, $12.50 will be donated to charity: water’s life-changing projects. So, you’ll give clean water to a friend or family member and also to a whole village. Top that, Santa Claus.
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Price: $49.00 and up
Available from: Charity Water : Soma

Form Tea Set

Tea, anyone? Look like a grown up with this very proper, polished brass tea set by Tom Dixon. Rounded shapes made from spun brass are polished and then dipped in a warm gold wash to give each piece a subtle matte surface. The six-piece set includes a Tea Caddy, Jug, Milk Jug, Sugar Dish & Spoon and Tray (links & prices below).
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Price: $85.00 - 210.00
Available from: YLiving

58′ N Salt and Pepper Shakers

Porcelain paired with cork. It’s such a lovely contrast in materials that makes for a pleasing look as well as a comfortable grip. Should you wish to upgrade your own salt & pepper shakers, note that this pair from Normann Copenhagen is on sale and discontinued, so best act fast if you think they’re a good fit for your tabletop.
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Price: $29.00
Available from: YLiving

Wine Preserver Bottle

I rarely open a bottle of wine without finishing it, but that’s because I’ve got someone with a hollow leg to share it with me. However, a nice bottle of wine sometimes deserves to be enjoyed over a few nights, and this Wine Preserver Bottle will provide an air tight seal to lock in flavors for up to a week.

After you pour in your wine, you drop the float on top to create the seal, thus protecting your precious wine from that pesky oxygen. And, when it’s time to pour the wine into your glass, remove the spill-proof lid, tip the bottle and the float automatically adjusts to the pouring angle.
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Price: $50.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

DISH Plate Series

Just for fun, let’s take a look at the DISH Plate Series by the Patella Brothers. Each trompe l’oei design has a strange sort of narrative, and for that very reason I think most of us would vote to hang these plates on the wall as art rather than use them day in and day out. However, if you’d like your food to be presented alongside insects and other odd things, food-safe ink is used and each plate is dishwasher safe.
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Price: $95.00
Available from: Artware Editions

Concertina Wood Trivet

Trivets aren’t necessarily exciting, are they? Charged with the task of protecting our tabletops, they’re meant to be covered up with pots and dishes with little thought to their aesthetic value. However, this walnut trivet does a neat trick of extending from a small area to a rather long length, allowing it to fit your feast from one dish to several. It looks like a stack of chopsticks when closed, which is exactly what I thought it was when I saw it in person.

Designed by Sabine Meyer with SidebySide, a studio partnered with Wendelstein Werkstätten, a workshop for the handicapped.
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Price: $55.00
Available from: A+R Store

DropCatch Porter Bottle Opener

It’s a bottle opener, so what? Well, it hides a handy little magnet that picks up those pesky bottle caps. Up to 52 bottle caps are easily caught to its base, allowing you to showcase just how much beer you drank last night, and look, no mess! I’m sure your family/friends will be impressed.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: DropCatch

Parent Letter Napkins

“Avoid late hours, pickled salmon, public meetings, crowded crossings, gutters, water-carts
and over-eating.” So says Rudyard Kipling to his youngest daughter, 12-year-old Elsie, in a letter specifying a few rules for her trip to London. You and your family can now have this wisdom at your dinner table, for this letter and others are printed on 100% cotton napkins. Fatherly advice from Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Thomas Jefferson are included in the set. You may see the complete text of each letter via the retailer.
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Price: $50.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods