Serving

Hands on Bowl

I recently saw this in a shop nearby and was impressed with how the servers are integrated into the bowl. Made from melamine, this set would be perfect for all those casual summer dinners outside (or in).

??Dishwasher safe.
White or green.
11″ dia x 5″ deep

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: Uma

Totem

What appears at first as a vase is actually a stack of 4 unique bowls. Could be a handy thing to have for serving or storing snacks/food, or maybe even on your desk as a receptacle for office supplies. Totem is made by hand, so keep in mind that each one is “perfectly imperfect.”

designers: Constantin and Laurene Boym of Boym Partners for Purple South.
Material: Ceramic
Dimensions: 16″h x 5″ dia.

Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: Merchant No.4

Cucina Food Warmer and Dish by Hans-Wilhelm Seitz

I was thinking maybe this food warmer is a chicer alternative to those tin pans and blue jelly candles, especially because this version by Seitz is porcelain and heated by tealights. I just wish it came in bigger sizes, but it’s dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe so I’ll cut my losses.

Rectangular dish: 8 x 13 x 2.5 inches
Warmer: 8.5 x 13.5 inches
A range of coordinating dishes and platters/lids available at Lekker Home.

Awarded with the Form 2001, the red dot award for good product design 2002, and nominated for the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $128.00
Available from: Owen Lawrence

VKB TV dinner tray

TV dinner trays aren’t exactly known for their elegance, of course, but this tray might change that. Coated in a non-slip finish, it helps keep your plate and glass from sliding around, and it’s easy to stack and store. Available in white, black, and willow wood, it also has a distinct elevated appearance from your regular plastic tray variety, which might just help your TV-watching dinner experience be a bit more… well, civilized.

Designer: Ontwerpbureau 3.11
Manufacturer: Royal VKB

Purchase Information:

Price: £27.00
Available from: Funktionalley

La Via Lattea Cheese Knife Set

Are you a serious turophile? Serious enough to drop 400 big ones on a knife set for either soft or hard cheeses, or both?

Set of soft cheese knives composed of: knife for hard cheeses and knife for semi-soft cheeses in steel 1.4119 mirror polished with handle in boxwood, spreader for soft cheeses in 18/10 stainless steel mirror polished.

Set of hard cheese knives composed of one knife for hard cheeses and knife for semi-hard cheeses in steel 1.4119 mirror polished with handle in boxwood, serving fork for hard cheeses in 18/10 stainless steel mirror polished

Purchase Information:

Price: $400.00
Availability: Buy La Via Lattea Cheese Knife Set here

Amboyna Wood Cheese Board

This cheese board might just look like any ol’ tree slice, but it’s actually from amboyna trees in Thailand. Considering that the roots and branches from the tree would otherwise be burned, it’s nice to know that it can grace our tabletop instead.

-Hand sanded and finished with palm oil.
-Each one is unique and sizes vary slightly.
-Food-safe.

Material: Amboyna wood
Dimensions: 1″ h x 9″-11″ diameter

Purchase Information:

No longer available.

Chill Serving Platter

If you’ve ever run across room temperature shrimp or luke warm celery sticks, you’ll know how this chilled melamine tray could be put to good use. It has a removable cooling gel pad that you can chill in the freezer before using, which means all the cold foods will stay that way.

-set includes a melamine tray with subtle indentions for easy carrying, a removable cooling gel pad and a porcelain platter.
-Porcelain platter is microwave and dishwasher safe.

Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, Kasper R√łnn, 2009
Size: 1.25h x 14″diam.

Purchase Information:

No longer available.

Loft Condiment Set

Whether for you or someone on your gift list, these wooden utensils would be a nice set to add to a tabletop setting.

Handcarved from fallen Pennsylvania hardwoods, the sweeping, modernist lines are a perfect counterpoint to the minor variations from piece to piece that show the “hand” of the artisan. Set includes Jam Spoon, Chutney Fork and Spreader. Rinse and wipe down after each use.

6″ Long (Spoon), 6 7/8″ Long (Fork), 6 7/8″ Long (Spreader)

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Availability: Buy Loft Condiment Set here

Laguiole France Cheese Board & Cheese Knife

Inscribed with the names of French cheeses in the geographic area where they are produced, this France-shaped board might be just the thing to get for your favorite turophile. (I had to look that word up, btw.)

set includes a Laguiole Cheese Knife with a stainless steel blade.

Purchase Information:

Price: $55.99
Availability: Buy Laguiole France Cheese Board & Cheese Knife here

Petit Dejeuner Breakfast Tray

Now, this is what I’m talking about, a simple improvement to a standard product makes it exceptional. Why have an ordinary breakfast tray when you can have this one with a built-in vase? (Note: breakfast in bed is a luxury with or without flowers, just want to make that absolutely clear. Also, if your answer to the previous question was ‘because it costs $100’…fair enough, fair enough.)

designer: Peter White
Size: 22″ x 15.5″

$92.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $92.00
Availability: Buy Petit Dejeuner Breakfast Tray here

Estetico Quotidienne (“Daily Aesthetics”) Gas Tank

Do you remember the Daily Aesthetics Collection posted a while ago? Well, in addition to the porcelain paper bags and milk cartons, there’s a gas tank as well. That’s right, a porcelain gas tank for your foodstuff storage needs.

Microwave and dishwasher safe.

$85.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $85.00
Availability: Buy Estetico Quotidienne (“Daily Aesthetics”) Gas Tank here

Sagaform: Kitchen Implements

Sagaform has quite a collection of nice wooden kitchen tools.

Oak Cheese Knife Set, $14.95, Buy it here.
Paus Honey Dipper, $7.95, Buy it here.
Paus Butter Knife, $4.95, Buy it here.
Paus Salt and Pepper Set, $14.95, Buy it here.

Aldo Bakker Tableware Pieces

Holy moly, these are absolutely beautiful. I’m flabbergasted.

Designer: Aldo Bakker

Water Carafe, $229.00, Buy it here.
Vinegar Flask, $189.00, Buy it here.
Oil Can, $129.00, Buy it here.
Salt Cellar, $129.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $129.00
Availability: Buy Aldo Bakker Tableware Pieces here

Table Tap

Looking more like something out of a science lab than what you would use to serve your guests, this ‘Table Tap’ makes the ordinary ol’ water jug seem a bit dull.

Inspired by inventions and scientific research, this object’s basic function has been put into a new context. Table tap also reminds us of a perfume atomiser, though now it functions as a small water pump at the table. Pouring a simple glass of water really is a fascinating experience.

Designer: Arnout Visser
17 dia. x 47 cm

€149.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: &euro149.00
Availability: Buy Table Tap here

Chikotan Charcoal Stirrers

That’s right, stir with these strange charcoal twigs and voil√†!…your drink is purified.

Think of Chikotan as the ultimate swizzle stick. This high quality Japanese Bamboo charcoal stirrer is perfect for stirring and purifying drinks and cocktails. 3 piece set.

3 piece set:
$16.00, Buy it here.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Availability: Buy Chikotan Charcoal Stirrers here