Tabletop Accessories

Chopstick Rest (set of 3)

Nothing spectacular here, just a set of three textured brass chopstick rests that look oh-so-perfect when nestled together in the small package. Could they be a good gift? Maybe. Or something to add to your utensil drawer? That’s more likely, especially if your chopsticks are feeling a little lonely. Designed by Masanori Oji in collaboration with one of Japans oldest metalware manufacturers, Futagami.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $32.93
Available from: Analogue Life

Grab & Go Coasters

These look a little similar to Food Huggers, don’t they? (Note to self: try out Food Huggers as coasters.) They do to me, and I wonder if condensation gets caught by the coaster or if the coasters are such a tight fit that condensation simply runs off the side. In any case, a coaster that stays with your drink (and possibly catches condensation) is a good fix for all those cold, drippy beverages that you’ll have this summer.
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Price: $8.00
Available from: Umbra

Concertina Wood Trivet

Trivets aren’t necessarily exciting, are they? Charged with the task of protecting our tabletops, they’re meant to be covered up with pots and dishes with little thought to their aesthetic value. However, this walnut trivet does a neat trick of extending from a small area to a rather long length, allowing it to fit your feast from one dish to several. It looks like a stack of chopsticks when closed, which is exactly what I thought it was when I saw it in person.

Designed by Sabine Meyer with SidebySide, a studio partnered with Wendelstein Werkstätten, a workshop for the handicapped.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $55.00
Available from: A+R Store

What is it?

What’s this metal mesh thing? I’ll give you a hint: it’s not intended for use as clothing or body armor- though I suppose in a pinch you could try and use it as such if someone comes at you with a rusty sword- instead think of it more as armor for a surface. Do you know? Answer below.
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Price: £10.00
Available from: Jasper Morrison

Little Big Trivet

As you can tell from the image and title, this trivet is easily adjusted to fit everything from a huge casserole dish to a tiny teapot. It’s also available in multicolor if you’d like to add a little rainbow touch to your tabletop.

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Price: $20.00
Available from: Areaware

Alphabet City Coasters

Manhattan-based photographer Joanne Dugan compiled these urban typographic images originally as a teaching game for her two-year-old son. And, as they’re so striking, why not make them into a coaster set for all to enjoy? Many of the signs and landmarks are now demolished, so tip of the hat to Ms. Dugan for creating such a great archive of New York City’s visual history.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Troika Trivet

There has been a few interesting trivets lately, which is weird considering that trivets aren’t usually paired with that particular adjective, or even talked about outside of specialized kitchen shops. This Troika trivet has embedded rare earth magnets that allow for size variation to fit small or large dishes. Push/pull/snap/slide the Troika to the desired width and know that your tabletop or counter will be safe from hot kettles or serving platters. When not in use, the three identical arms nestle together to fit in a drawer for storage.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: YLiving

Quad Trivet

Who knew a trivet was something to get excited about? It looks, dare I say it, slightly magical in the way it changes shape. The Quad is made from 16 wooden cubes connected by a heat-resistant silicone strip (not magnets, as I had originally assumed). Do take a look at the video below to see it in action, and then figure out if you think $40 is worth backing the project.

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Price: $40.00
Available from: Indiegogo

Nusskubus Modern Nutcracker

Remember this? Also called the Cubist Nutcracker by some, this nutcracker by Adam and Harborth does the job in a straightforward way. Place a nut in an appropriately sized indention in the larger cube, take the other smooth cube and place it on top of the nut and then give it a good whack. Voilá, the nut is cracked.
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Price: $39.99
Available from: Nova68

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

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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Price: $115.00
Available from: shopHORNE.com

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

Miss Susan

Have a guess to what this is. Hint: it is not a plate, nor a pie chart showing wood consumption, and the title probably gives it away…
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Price: $175.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Castiglioni Splugen Bottle Opener

Never underestimate a good bottle opener; the same goes for a corkscrew. If you use it often, a well designed opener can make the experience of removing the lid of your beer or beverage even better, while using a poorly designed one can be quite irritating, and even dangerous (if and when inebriated). This bottle opener was originally designed in 1960 by Achille Castiglioni for the Splugen Brau bar project in Milan. Also, note that this is tagged in our gift guide, for your future reference.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Available from: hivemodern.com

Teak Slice Wood Coaster Set

Chances are if you’re near a wooded lot and own a saw, you could make something similar to these coasters pretty easily. However, they probably wouldn’t be teak and you’d spend a few hours replicating 4 coasters that cost $12.

4.25″ approx diameter.
Set of 4.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Available from: UMA

 
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