Add a whimsical touch to your breakfast with these fine bona china carriages with birch wheels. Thanks to hidden magnets linking the carriages, the entire train can be wheeled along. Kids and adults can be entertained while waiting for their bread to toast. The eggcup, toast rack and salt and pepper holder are sold separately.
I first spot when Design Milk featured the Breakfast Express last year after it was exhibited at Pulse London. Since then, it is now in production and available on the Web site of her creator, Reiko Kaneko.
You can keep your fresh fruits, a ready-to-serve loaf of bread or French pastries on her Boat basket with natural rope. Reiko Kaneko was inspired by a Viking ship when she designed that tableware piece.
+ Breakfast Express, Eggcup by Reiko Kaneko £19.95
+ Breakfast Express, Toast Rack £19.95
+ Breakfast Express, Salt and Pepper Cellar £19.95
+ Boat Bread Basket by Reiko Kaneko £119.00
Mary Matson, a Brooklyn-based graphic artist, collaborated with West Elm on a collection of playful plates and serving pieces for the Thanksgiving table. The salad plates, printed with wishbones, turkeys and fall harvest illustrations, are a simple way to add a festive look to your white existing dinnerware. I got the prices from their press kit. The items will start to appear both online and in stores this week.
To complete the modern farm look of your table, here are too items that you will be able to use every day of the year. You can fit rectangular European-style blocks of butter as well as slender stateside sticks in the Bell Butter Dish.
The bamboo tray lets you bring the sugar and cream in style. I like the style of this ensemble a lot. I would buy it for myself, if it was not that the shipping fees to Canada are almost the price of the item.
+ Thanksgiving Salad Plates: White/silver $40 USD for a pack of 4
+ Thanksgiving Platter: White/silver $29-$49 USD
+ Bell Butter Dish $16 USD
+ Sugar and creamer with bamboo tray $14 USD
The topographic surface of this bamboo sushi tray delivers a structural space to hold the soy sauce, the wasabi and the ginger. It does not stop there. You can use the unusual surface to display jams and jellies on your cheese tray. You can also check what I said about other cool serving ware products by Brooklyn-based Domestic Aesthetic.
+ Domestic Aesthetic Bamboo Sushi Tray $45 USD at Nimli
Here is a clever, space saving idea. Link uses your existing cutlery and transforms it into a handy pair of tongs, salad servers. It looks great for outdoor entertaining. This nifty silicone connector is also practical for a picnic since you could only carry Link and use your utensils for serving before you eat.
It is designed by Studio Dreimann, a German studio who creates and designs consumer goods, industrial goods and furniture.
+ Link by Studio Dreinmann £9.90 at Theo
If you want to stay away from the obvious flowers, it can be tricky to find the perfect Mother’s Day since chances are that your mom already have what she needs. This is why I like the stuff by Fred & Friends. They always put a whimsical touch on everyday tableware.
My picks for Mother’s Day are:
+ The Teacupcakes are a set of 4 silicone molds fashioned as a teacup. A matching saucer adds style to the service. $16.34 USD at Amazon.com
+ Short Stacked is a pair of white porcelain espresso cups and saucers. $30.23 USD at Amazon.com
+ If you can find it by Mother’s Day, I suggest the Appkins, a napkin-style snack plates designed by Oded Shorer and Eli Chissick. This brand-new product will be sold in a pack of 2.
The season of backyard barbecues and potluck parties is almost upon us – and that means digging out your serving dishes, filling them with your favourite recipes and toting them along to share.
How can you ensure your dishes find their way back to you? Ashley from Make It and Love It shows how to make a basic glass dish stand out from the crowded buffet table with just stencils and glass etching cream. This is a clever way to add a personalized touch to standard glass bakeware – especially if you intend to give this kitchen must-have for a bridal shower or as a housewarming gift.
Check out the step-by-step tutorial for complete instructions and never use a Post-It note or a piece of tape to label your dish again.
If you have dozens of servingware pieces, but still find you never have exactly the dish you need, it may be to look for more versatile options – like these two from Vacu Vin.
The “Bread & Dip” does double duty as a multi-functional service and storage piece. A ceramic tray provides vessels for multiple dips, while the custom fit bamboo cutting board provides a place to slice bread or cheese and also acts as the container’s cover to store leftovers. You could also consider serving fruit with multiple dips like yogurt, caramel and chocolate.
With six sizes that work individually or in combination, the “Serve & Stack” is a contemporary twist on the classic TV tray. They’re a perfect option if you’re planning an appetizer buffet since you can serve snacks and dips together in one dish. The double trays also allow you to keep foods separate to prevent flavours from overpowering one another. When it’s time to store the dishes, the “Serve & Stack” lives up to its name without taking up too much-needed kitchen cabinet storage.
+ Vacu Vin Serve and Stack, Set of 6 $20.37 USD at Amazon.com [affiliate link]
+ Vacu Vin Bread & Dip – Serving Bowl, Condiment Tray & Bamboo Cutting Board $39.99 USD
+ Vacu Vin Bread and Dip Box $29.99 CAD at Amazon.ca
One reader on Facebook asked me where to find the s’more burners that were used at a wedding from my s’more stations round-up. I browsed the Web and found the source. It’s a small Hibachi Grill heater. It has an antique-look brass finish and a dragon pattern.
You simply scoop your favorite gel-style chafing fuel out of its canister, place it in the fuel holder, and light. Then, bring the marshmallows, chocolate, graham cookies and long wood sticks at the table to enjoy a delicious treat.
+ Hibachi Set with Grill and Fuel Holder $15.99 USD at The Webstaurant Store
It is fun when you discover new usages for every day objects. Take these modern snack bowls, for example. A cat owner bought two stainless steel snacks at CB2 to feed and serve water to her cats. At last, you could get affordable cat bowls that you will not want to hide in a corner of your apartment. And I think that your cat will make less mess than with the traditional flat hole bowls due to the slopped shape.
If you prefer to stick to their original usage, a buyer commented on the CB2 Web site that she uses the larger one to serve pistachios and the mini bowls for the discarded shells.
+ USA: Stainless steel snack bowls at CB2, $19.95 USD, mini at $10.95
+ Canada: Stainless steel snack bowls at CB2, 24.95 CAD, mini at $12.95
+ Cat bowls from Modern Cat
Sweet Fine Day silkscreened the popular kitchen conversions print of their Brooklyn confectionery company Whimsy & Spice onto American flour sack towels using water-based inks. The 100% cotton towels measured 30 x30″. These tea towels are absorbent, soft and lint free, which are quality that you look for in a tea towel.
+ Kitchen conversions 30×30 inch flour sack tea towel $22 USD
+ images and design by Jenna Park
I am in awe with this adorable bird on a tree spoon. The Japanese design studio Nendo made a spoon that is as fun to look at it is to use for the curry chain restaurant Coco Ichibanya‘s annual ‘Grandmother Curry’ promotion, in which 100,000 lucky customers could win curry spoons through a lottery.
When you bundle several spoons, it creates a landscape. I wish I was visiting Japan to have a chance to win mine.
+ Forest Spoon by Nendo – photos by Masayuki Hayashi
+ via Snow magazine and MoCo Loco