Fokus Collection by Maija Louekari

With just enough pattern to add some interest to the contrast, this collection is really eye-catching when mixed and matched with the Marrimekko mugs shown in the photograph.

“Maija Louekari dots your eyes with this lighthearted collection for your kitchen. Decorated in either red and white or black and white spotted patterns, she has coordinated both large and small trays, oven mitts, placemats, potholders, mugs, and aprons with her highly popular design.”

marimekko fokus tray black, wood veneer
h 16″ w 20″

marimekko fokus mug black, porcelain
h 4″

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Price: $18.00
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Black Lace Cake Stand

How many cake stands could qualify as modern? This is not a rhetorical question, by the way, I really only know of this one.

“A contemporary interpretation of the traditional cake stand, this versatile glass piece has an intricate reverse lace pattern in black. Perfect for serving cakes and other confections, or as a display piece where the light filters through the pattern to create shadows on the surface below. Hand-wash only.”

Size: 4.25h x 11.75″diam

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Price: $60.00
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Vintage Dahlia Serving Pieces

Certain vintage patterns are reproduced, thankfully, due to their compatibility with modern aesthetic. This particular set is done in black and white, which usually lends itself to a more modern austere look, yet with a traditional flower design it seems to bridge the gap between past and present quite well.

ceramic, dishwasher safe

Serving Bowl, 9″ dia, $26.00

Oval Platter, 13×9.5″, $30.00

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Price: $26
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Nesting Bowl Set, (Lotus)

Such a lovely set of bowls…

“This set of 8 lotus flower bowls is a work of art. Each bowl sits perfectly inside the next, graduating in size from 1.5” diameter (perfect for salt and spices) to the largest (an excellent small salad bowl or serving piece for a festive summer fruit salad) measuring 9.5″ in diameter. The bowls stack to a stately 4.5″. The lotus is a meaningful symbol in many cultures and makes a perfect wish for a marriage, birth or other important life changing event. Always in search of practicality – we made sure that the ceramic bowls are microwave and dishwasher safe.”

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Price: $89.00
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Ceramic Cheese Plate

Comes pre-indented with all your favorite cheeses.

Handmade in Italy. Each piece is signed and numbered.

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Price: $150
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Stainless Steel Water Pitcher

Good work, CB2. They’ve managed to make a very Bauhaus-esqe pitcher with a very low price tag.

“Right angles. A well-proportioned pour, this tall, sixty-ounce pitcher holds enough for a tableful of friends. The sleek C handle seems to feed the perpendicular spout, perched at the top of its long, stainless base.”

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Price: $34.95
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haiku platter

Since this platter is hand wash only, I think it would be best suited in the bath for corralling countertop items so they look like one cohesive unit instead of a mish-mash of bottles and ointments. gross.

• Underpainted design
• Beveled rims
• Glass
• Hand wash

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Price: $14.95
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Polyedre Bowl Set

Okay, so it’s not “hex” but it’s pentagonal and triangular and I think those are quite possibly the next best thing. In fact, they may just be the next new thing.

“The Polyedre bowls by Olaf De Winter has a smooth matte glaze that makes these bowls a pleasure to use everyday. These multi-sided bowls hold anything in elegance and style. Made of durable stoneware, the Polyedre bowls are microwave and dishwasher safe.”


Medium measures 4″ x 9″ x 9″

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Price: $39.00
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Sculptural China Serving Pieces

A bit pricy, but nice to look at. These sculptural China serving pieces are made in England and have gentle curves and shapes that abberate from the regular ho-hum.

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Price: $52-$170
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Kinos Sushi Set

The Kinos Sushi Set has been designed to look like paper boxes which have been appropriated as impromptu platters.

DIMENSIONS: Square plate smll18 x 18 x 2,5 cm, soya sauce dish9 x 9 x 2,5 cm Long Plate 26,5 x 9 x 2,5 cm Square plate lrge 26 x 26 x 4 cm

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Price: $35.00
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Shanghai Platters

Do you love these or what? I just might have to cave and buy a couple of these for myself this holiday season…

“Apparently the inscription has nothing to do with mandarin beef or bok choy: it’s the subject line for a letter of career appointment dated in the King’s third year, first month, twelfth day. Business dinner, perhaps?”

•Unique dip-and-pour glaze with Chinese characters
•Twice fired durable stoneware
•Dishwasher- and microwave-safe

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Price: $3.95
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Leonhard Pfeifer Sushi Tray

Nice sushi tray with areas for the chopsticks and soy sauce with a removable stainless steel serving tray.

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Price: $78.00
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Fusionware Everyday Vessels

I’ve long liked these very appropriate-sized vessels. Such a simple design lends versitility; use them for drinking, cooking (i.e. keeping ingredients handy), or as votive holders.

stoneware, dishwasher/microwave-safe.

flask with 8 cups, gloss white

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Price: $50.00
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Full/Fill Bottle

The MoMA does an apt job of describing this vase, and since my brain is fuzzy I’ll let them give you the low-down:

“An inventive recycling of a familiar shape, this piece celebrates the industrial aesthetic of plastic packaging. The designer fashions this clever interpretation of the now ubiquitous water bottle in crystal-clear glass, resulting in a striking vase for flowers, carafe for water or other beverages. Hand washing recommended. Not intended for microwave use.”

Made in Portugal

Size: 12.5h x 3.25″ diam. 50 oz.

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Price: $35.00
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circular victorian gothic trays

These cafeteria style melamine trays have a striking Victorian gothic theme. Great for serving hors d’oeuvres or sushi or whatever strikes your fancy.

Dishwasher safe.
Set of three: Dia 12″, 14″, 16″

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Price: $44.00
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