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Slow Coffee Style Carafe Set by Kinto

Coffee usually speeds you up, but what about slowing things down? That frazzled go-go-go pace of your life won’t help your overall well being, as you probably already know (but won’t do much about). Perhaps you could dedicate a few moments to, well, smelling the coffee as it brews. Using the pour-over method, this carafe set brews the coffee slowly, forcing you to slow down and add water bit by bit.
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Price: $54.10
Available from: Emmo Home

Soapstone Shot Cups

Besides the lovely bluish hue, did you know that non-porous soapstone will not trap flavor or odors? And that it keeps your favorite beverage cold? Now, back to the lovely bluish-black hue, let’s hope that’s not just the spotlights creating the color, because it’s something special. Designed by Thea Mehl for Teroforma’s Ekke series and sold as a set of four.
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Price: $40.00 s/4
Available from: A+R Store

Hasami Porcelain Collection

Yes, you have seen this set of dinnerware by Takuhiro Shinomoto and Hasami before. Considering the beauty and function, it’s only right for another place in the spotlight, and this time the link is directly to the designer’s shop (as is only fitting).
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Price: $10.00+
Available from: Tortoise General Store

Silicone Highball, Rocks, Wine Glass

Can you believe these are silicone glasses? Unbreakable and easy to clean, they’re perfect for outdoor use around the pool or patio. There’s the Highball size (mixed drinks and cocktails), the Rocks (shaped for whiskey or other on-the-rocks liquor), and the Wine Tumbler. Choose the size(s) most suitable for you and rest easy knowing that no matter how tipsy you or your guests get, your best glassware won’t be shattered.
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Price: $26.95
Available from: Snow Peak

Bambino Kids Set, Warm and Cool

Parents, can we discuss the silly plates and dishes on which you serve your children food? Maybe they like garish pink or blue, or the cartoon characters in colors that would make a discerning adult nauseous, but why not gently steer them towards something easier on the eyes? This tableware by Ekobo Home is still colorful, yet the color is of a softer, quieter variety. Made from bamboo, a renewable natural resource, each piece is dishwasher-safe, so you’ll not need to sacrifice an easy cleanup. The set has four pieces; a cup, a bowl, a deep plate and a spoon, just enough to cover the essentials, or pick and choose your pieces individually.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: Gretel Home

Weaver Tea Jar and Infuser set

A good tea canister and infuser can make all the difference in making a cup of tea. Hot water and tea may be the ingredients, but the whole process is enjoyed all the more with elegant tools. This copper Weaver Tea Jar by Toast Living will hold your leaves in pride of place while the small infuser will make brewing a special event with a stainless steel basket and a terra-cotta lid.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: designboom store

Wilfa Precision Coffee Maker

You might think this coffee maker looks like a chemistry experiment, and that’s entirely understandable due to its beaker-like tank. Any avid coffee fan knows that it takes a precise temperature and water control to create the perfect cup, and this automatic filter brewer is made for a professional barista’s exactitude*. It also looks pretty cool in action, as heated water (of an optimal 197ºF–205ºF temperature, as recommended by the SCAA) is extracted from the water tank and pumped into the double-wall filter holder. Watch it in action on the retailer’s site to see the full effect.
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Price: $249.95 - 329.95
Available from: Williams Sonoma

Groove Marble Trivet

Nice! The Groove Trivet from Hallgeir Homstvedt and Muuto meet three essentials: it’s functional, pretty, and affordable. Protect your tabletop and enjoy the etched marble surface as a textured material to contrast with other surfaces. As Muuto (or the retailer) says, “get into the groove!”
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Price: $59.00
Available from: A+R Store

Naturally Cooling Ceramic Wine Cooler

When you’re drinking rosé or white wine, do you really want to deal with ice and buckets? Nope. Get yourself this Ceramic Wine Cooler from Magisso and then pat yourself on the back for making chilled drinks that much easier. Soak the cooler in cold water for just a few minutes, then let the natural evaporation process keep your bottle perfectly chilled for 2 to 4 hours, no ice necessary. A glazed base prevents water rings. Smart, right? It does the trick; I own one myself and couldn’t be more pleased (unless it somehow opened the bottle of wine for me, of course).
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Price: $65.00
Available from: A+R Store

Spoonless Container

No spoon needed with this container. Just remove the cork lid from the small spout and pour. What will you store in it? Up to you, of course, but all sorts of things would work. Dry goods like loose leaf tea, rice, or sugar perhaps? Use it in the kitchen for oft-used ingredients or on the table for serving. In either case, the containers are pretty enough to be left out for all to see.
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Price: $45.00 -69.00
Available from: Leibel

Cosmic Diner Collection

A cosmic collection of dinner plates? Yes, please. Thank goodness Diesel Living teamed up with Seletti to produce the Cosmic Diner Collection, because our tabletops just aren’t complete without a sun, moon, and a few planets. Made of porcelain, each plate is decorated with an image of a planet, so pick your favorites for a colorful presentation and possible astronomy lesson.
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Price: $70.00
Available from: Gessato

Sphere Bottle Opener

It’s a smooth, round bottle opener that fits the palm of your hand perfectly. What else could you ask for, besides a good beer or two? Consider it for your next housewarming or host/hostess gift if the new homeowner or host/hostess likes a certain bottled beverage. Available in black or natural wood.
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Price: $18.00
Available from: Areaware

Ping Pong Cocktail Trays

See these paddle-shaped, melamine cocktail trays? They’re for your guests, so they can stand around and comfortably hold their plate piled high with hors d’oeuvres while shaking hands and sipping drinks. Their thumb goes through the hole for firm grip, and that little detail decreases the likelihood of someone spilling something that will stain your rug. And, yes, who knows, maybe an impromptu game of Ping Pong will break out once everyone has relaxed a little. Take note of the date that Vico Magistretti designed this set: 1987.
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Price: $40.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Ete Plate

Problems with portion control? Join the club. The Ete plate can help, as it has portion sizes drawn directly on the plate. Fill the veggie portion up, cut your meat portion to fit, or follow the color guides for a mixed dish. See? It’s super simple, even a kid could get the hang of it. And, for every ten plates sold, one goes to a high school or academic institution. Back the project over at Indiegogo to get your own ($15), or a set of two ($40), four ($60) or six ($90).
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Indiegogo

Source: Fast Company

Copper Chemistry Carafe and Glasses

A little copper makes a big difference in this drinkware set. The copper bands wrapped around each piece are like cummerbunds; it’s pretty obvious someone’s dressed up for a fancy occasion. And, just like a cummerbund, the copper band could be kept on all the time for a dressier look, or you could take it off to bathe put the set in the dishwasher or go for a more casual appearance. Okay, let’s forget how funny tuxedos are and take a moment to admire the copper feature, and how it will develop a nice patina over time.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $22.00 - 45.00
Available from: Dwell Store