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Pingpong and Pacman Crochet Placemats

Ah, what the heck, if you’re going to allow trinkets in your home, you might as well allow some crochet placemats. Of course, these reference the Atari and arcade games of yore, with Pacman, Pingpong, Space Invaders, and Breakout patterns, which makes them even better (or nerdier, depending on your point of view) than traditional crochet placemats. That said, just typing ‘crochet’ two times in one paragraph is making me itchy.
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Price: $37.50
Available from: Seletti

Tea for One

Apologies if you’re not fond of tea, because I sure am (as you will know if you’re a regular reader). Bodum brings us the Tea for One, a glass and tea strainer combined. The plastic filter sits inside the double walled glass, allowing your leaves to brew without escaping into the cup. Simply lift out the filter once the desired strength is reached and place it upon the lid/saucer.
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Price: $18.00
Available from: SFMOMA Store

Teacup

If you like loose leaf tea, here’s the cup for you. This teacup has tilted base with an inbuilt and removable strainer; brewing your tea simply involves tilting the cup away from the leaves when it has reached the correct strength. Available in Pure Black or Snow White.

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Price: $35.00
Available from: Leibal

Unplugged Coffee Maker

Can you live without your electric coffee maker? Yes, you can; say it out loud, ‘yes, I can.’ Now repeat that in your head until you believe it. If the Faro Mug Set didn’t convince you, maybe this Unplugged Coffee Maker from Koziol will. All you need is a filter, ground coffee, and hot water. And your cup, of course. Less technology can be a good thing.
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Price: $23.98
Available from: SFMOMA Store

Motion Carafe

Seeing as it’s hot outside and will stay that way for a while yet, it’s best to keep hydrated. And what better way to keep water on hand than with a carafe? This Motion carafe by by Ole Jensen for Normann Copenhagen brings a little dynamic motion into the equation, as it is always in a tilted position. While the movement might take a while to get used to, it will attract attention to its function, as Ole Jensen intended.
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Price: $79.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Droog Optic Glasses

Here’s another item from long ago that’s worth remembering the next time your drinking glasses need a reboot. Droog’s optic glasses have both concave and convex lenses and create an optical fun house in your hand. Also, the structure supposedly feels quite comfortable to hold.

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Price: $55.00
Available from: Molecule

ET HOP Hors D’Oeuvre Tray

While this might be a little above your budget, it does look entirely handy for hors d’oeuvres for a small get together or party. A wood carrying rack allows for 5 bowls of different heights to be carried together, and when you place the bowls and rack down, the bowls sit on the table and reveal their topography. See video below.

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Price: $250.00
Available from: Fitzsu

Doodle Tablecloth

Don’t go thinking this tablecloth is just for kids- it would be just as fun at a dinner party or outdoor cookout. After you scribble and scrawl your masterpiece or menu and your guests/family have had their fill of fabric markers, throw the tablecloth into the washer and you’ll soon have a blank canvas for your next event.
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Price: $50.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Dino Salad Servers

If getting greens into your family’s diet is hard work, maybe these two Dino Servers will help make the salad bowl a little more friendly, and even a little fun. And, if these two cute little smiles aren’t successful in increasing the vegetable intake at your table, at least they’ll cheer you up whenever you pull them out of the drawer.
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Price: $19.95
Available from: Howkapow

Stainless Steel Spoon Straws

No need to wish upon a star for a fancy spoon straw, because here it is. Stir and sip your drink with the same utensil! Amazing, isn’t it? And I’m only partially being facetious, because it is actually a smart drink accessory.
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Price: $37.95
Available from: Cocktail Kingdom

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Core Bamboo Glass Honey Jar

This is for all the honey lovers out there. There’s a lot of ceramic honey jars out there, but it’s a little hard to find one that isn’t too Winnie the Pooh, if you know what I mean. This one from Core Bamboo has a handy lid/dipper to make for easy serving. When not in use, the lid keeps the jar sealed for freshness.
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Price: $14.95
Available from: Amazon

My Teapot, My Mug

If you’re fond of bright colors and tea time, take a look at this set from Jansen+Co. There’s three different color options for the teapots and eight options for the XL mug, so you’ll have to do some deciding as to what combination works best for you. All pieces are hand finished and dishwasher and microwave safe.
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Price: $15.00 - 64.00
Available from: A+R Store

Rosenthal Sugar and Creamer

Do you have a proper sugar and creamer set? Not the end of the world if you don’t, of course, but it’s something to consider if you use sugar and cream/milk consistently in your coffee or tea. It lends an air of civility, sure, but there’s something about enjoying the small pleasures and ceremonies of daily life and taking care to surround yourself with things that are both useful and, in some cases, also beautiful. (“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” William Morris)
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Price: $32.00 - 82.00
Available from: Fitzsu

Cafino Coffee Maker

No filter bag needed for this coffee maker. The Cafino has a double stainless steel mesh sieve that fits into a heat resistant borosilicate glass cylinder. Simply place your ground coffee beans into the sieve, pour boiled water, and voilà, you have coffee. It’s quite similar to the metal Kone Coffee Filter used with the Chemex Coffeemaker, yet in a more familiar coffee press silhouette.
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Price: $165.00
Available from: Luminaire

Table Bin

As nice weather has hopefully reached your town/city by now, it’s time to think about moving meals outside in the sunshine. This Table Bin by Royal VKB makes setting and clearing the table easier- dishes are stacked neatly on the anti-slip lid while cutlery has its own spot on the side. When the meal is done, leftovers can be deposited in the bin, dirty dishes can be stacked back on top, and cutlery goes back in its spot on the side, all ready for easy dishwasher loading.

Materials: Plastic, Rubber

Purchase Information:

Price: $55.00
Available from: leibal