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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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Purchase Information:

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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Purchase Information:

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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Purchase Information:

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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Purchase Information:

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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Purchase Information:

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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Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00 and up
Available from: Leibal

Avva S+P Shakers

This salt & pepper set has embedded neodymium magnets to help keep the two pieces paired together as one. That’s a small detail that makes a big difference if you’re always losing one or the other in the cabinet or on the table. It would also simplify passing the salt and pepper around the table when your family or guests prefer to season their own meal (chefs: cue audible gasp).
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Price: $35.00
Available from: Teroforma

Myria Expandable Trivet

Trivets are one of those things you don’t think much about until you’re wondering how to protect your table with a hot dish in hand. The Myria trivet is made of rectangular stainless steel loops, which gives it a decidedly modern feel, yet the stand out feature is that it’s expandable and foldable. Designed by Anne Boenisch for Carl Mertens.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $115.00
Available from: shopHORNE.com

Geometry Cups

A little black and white geometry always catches the eye, and these cups from Ferm Living are no exception. However, upon first glance, a person might think ‘haven’t I seen these before?’ and that person might search their memory (and the internet) only to find an image of Masahiro Mori’s Mini Cups. Quite similar, indeed, yet there’s a sizable difference in dimensions. Ferm Living’s Geometry Cups are larger and more suited for water, tea, or coffee, while Mori’s Mini Cups are smaller and more fit for sake and spirits.
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Price: $21.00
Available from: Ferm Living

Love Letter Napkins

Need some new napkins? How about some that carry the complete text of a few love letters? Not just any love letters, mind you, but those from a literary great. One letter each from Emily Dickenson, Jack London, Mark Twain, and D.H. Lawrence, spelled out in their full glory. It’ll at least give you something to read when dinner conversation lags, right? If you’d like a preview of what each letter says, here you go.

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Price: $Set of 4, 48.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Pi Glassware

As the retailer says, “Mix your drinks with a bit of math.” Just don’t start the conversation off by asking people if they’ve memorized the first hundred digits, because that’s a bit of a turn off. There’s also a Pi Kitchen Towel ($25), if that’s more your style. Glasses are etched.
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Price: $20.00 - 36.00
Available from: theuncommongreen

Tie Tea Mug

A handy little tab on this mug keeps your teabag from falling into your cup. Pretty simple solution to an annoying little problem, isn’t it? Just tie your teabag around the tab and it’ll stay put while you pour, stir, etc. Might be a thoughtful gift for the tea aficionado in your life? Holiday season is just around the corner, if you can believe it.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Molecule

WASARA Bamboo Utensils

We all know plastic cutlery is super cheap, but we also know it’s not very durable and certainly not very nice to look at. Maybe there’s an alternative? An alternative that perhaps is both beautiful and compostable? Meet the WASARA Bamboo Utensils. These utensils accompany the WASARA tableware collection, and, similarly, are intended for single-use occasions (think picnics, parties, etc.). Each one securely attaches to the edge of a WASARA plate or bowl thanks to a slit incorporated into each handle, so say sayonara to awkward balancing acts when adding food to your plate or making new acquaintances. More info on composting below.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $6.95
Available from: Branch