Tabletop

Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds

What’s the big deal about large, spherical ice molds? Well, besides them looking cooler than a bunch of small cubes, they melt slower, meaning they’ll cool your drink without watering it down (as much as a bunch of small cubes). And, if you’re a little skeptical about how well the sphere holds up, I can personally attest after 2 weeks of festive imbibing (hic!) these Tovolo ice spheres have kept their shape well past the last drop of each and every drink I’ve had. They’re also stackable, leak-free, and won’t tip in the freezer.
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Price: $10.95
Available from: Chef Tools

Chemex Coffeemaker with Filters

Flash sale sites are feeling a little old nowadays, but it’s nice to see there’s still a few tempting deals at wallet-pleasing prices. Gilt has a slight sale on the Chemex Coffeemaker along with 100 Prefolded Chemex Filter Squares. In my opinion, coffee from this thing actually tastes better than coffee from a machine, and it makes you feel a little like a chemist doing experiments with life-saving liquids (which, with coffee, may be the case in your household).

Available at Gilt Groupe, an invitation-based site, for a limited time.
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Price: $41.00 - 43.00
Availability: Buy Chemex Coffeemaker with Filters here

Nusskubus Modern Nutcracker

Remember this? Also called the Cubist Nutcracker by some, this nutcracker by Adam and Harborth does the job in a straightforward way. Place a nut in an appropriately sized indention in the larger cube, take the other smooth cube and place it on top of the nut and then give it a good whack. Voilá, the nut is cracked.
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Price: $39.99
Available from: Nova68

Whiskey Decanter

What to get the person who needs nothing? Well, if they like whiskey, and you’ve $200 to spend, you should get them something beautiful and mostly unnecessary, like this whisky decanter by Laurence Brabant. Its bubble chamber enables one to measure the perfect jigger of liquor and then dispense the liquor through the glass tube into one’s glass. It should also be mentioned that this could double as a vase when needed (and when the whiskey is gone).

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Price: $206.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

Pepper Salt Stones

Modern tabletop accessories can often fall into the angular camp. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, it’s just that sometimes it’s nice to have more rounded, organic shapes to offset all the sharp corners we deal with on a daily basis. These stone-shaped salt and pepper holders look like real stones found at the waterside and one could assume their smooth surface would be nice to hold/use.

Designers: Chris Koens, Ramón Middelkoop of Invotis Orange

73 x 24 mm

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Price: $23.00
Available from: Molecule Design

Arne Jacobsen espresso cups

Color any and all Arne Jacobsen fans happy, because there’s now a set of espresso cups numbered 1-4 to accompany the regular letter cups. And you thought your kitchen cupboard could hold no more Bauhaus inspired typography. These cups are small enough to work as tealight holders too, fyi.

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Price: $55.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Louise Bourgeois Placemats

Chances are that you can’t afford to buy the art of Louise Bourgeois, but if you’re a fan you sure can afford to pay $60 for a set of 4 place mats featuring designs from her fabric drawings. The intricate, geometric patterns are worthy of the wall, but we’ll take it where we can get it. There are coasters too (shown below) if you can believe it.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Artware Editions

Tea Egg

Shall we switch to loose leaf tea? This Tea Egg certainly tempts us to, as its two-part design allows for easy cleaning. Some swear that loose tea makes for a better flavor and some say it’s better for the environment as it cuts down on packaging; both points merit consideration, for sure. The color options of the Tea Egg also sweeten the deal (though it looks like A+R only has rose and blue, and Normann Copenhagen’s site seems to be having some issues).

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Price: $23.00
Available from: A+R Store

Stella Arianna Stovetop Espresso Maker

Like your espressos but hate your machine? Or, like your espressos but can’t be bothered to buy a machine? Take a look at this stovetop espresso maker and see if it doesn’t tempt you with the idea of a DIY espresso-driven bliss each and every morning. There are four sizes available (2-cup, 4-cup, 6-cup and 10-cup, all measured in tiny espresso cups, mind you, not standard baking measures) and a special filter in the funnel can be flipped to make half the amount if you should so choose.

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Price: $129.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Si-Bottles and Lids, Set of 4

Yeah, you remember these, don’t you? They’ve been featured here before (years ago) and therefore need a fresh post with a link that works. They’re glass bottles in the same shape as the familiar plastic bottle, thus drawing attention to consumerism and reinforcing the reuse/recycle ethos. But it’s made of glass, you say, and will break! Not necessarily, as the bottles are made from borosilicate glass (the same stuff your Pyrex measuring cup is made of).

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Price: $108.00
Available from: YLiving

Variopinte Plates

How about some colorful dinnerware for this season’s festivities? Variopinte* enamel plates were created as part of the A TAVOLA! project, where Stefania Di Petrillo created a dining room that’s easily transported via a clever packing plan/container. The plates are available in three sizes and can be stacked or used separately. Best of all, the enamel is durable enough to use out of doors should you fancy a picnic.
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Price: $16.50
Available from: The Vitrine

Cake Kitchen Paper Placemats

Hmm, these get a slight frown because of the fact they’re intended for one use only, but they would be excellent placemats for a party or special dinner where regular linens just won’t work. Blueprints of appropriate place settings can’t be ignored, after all, because of the technical aspect, so you’ll know everything will be in its proper place no matter who sets the table. Also available in kraft paper. And, should you want a cotton alternative, do be sure to take a look at these: Cheat Sheet Placemats from Donkey.
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Price: $23.00
Available from: West Elm

Trivet Stick

Y’A PAS LE FEU AU LAC has several pieces in their recent collection worthy of consideration, one of which is this Trivet Stick. A magnetic joint allows it to be used as a triangular trivet for hot pots and pans and then be straightened out to be stored easily with other cooking utensils like spoons and spatulas.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: YLiving

Plus One Salt Cellar

This Plus One Salt Cellar by Muuto is a good match to the Plus Spice Mill just as intended. Stone and wood are lasting materials that fit into a variety of kitchen styles so it’s no surprise that the adjective ‘timeless’ is bandied about; it’s a no-brainer (if you need a salt cellar).
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Price: $35.00
Available from: Scandinavian Grace

Savone

Rethink your tablescape with the Savone plates by Metaphys. Inspired by the natural formations made by bubbles, these plates have divisions that allow you to present food with accompanying seasons or sauces, thus minimizing the number of dishes. (Also, if you’re not one to fuss with seasons, sauces, and other such accompaniments, you could perhaps use these as a sort of portion control guide for meals or snacks, as they are more modest in size.)

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Price: $30.00 and up
Available from: Leibal