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10 Great Gifts for Your Designer Friends

Sleek lines, bright colors, designer names, and expensive prices. These gifts are perfect for the design fan on your shopping list.

1. Egg cup by Stefano Giovannoni for Alessi

Renowned Alessi designer, Stefano Giovannoni, is known for applying new, fun designs to otherwise mundane, everyday household items. He created the Cico egg cup in 2009, to wide applause from egg eaters everywhere, old and young. The all-in-one boiled egg server holds eggs in the head, with the hat serving as a salt shaker, and the spoon just waiting to dig in.

A di Alessi Cico Eggcup, Blue

2. Colorful stainless steel vegetable peelers

These stainless steel peelers  feature oversized and ergonomic  handles that won’t slip when wet. This colorful trio set features a green straight peeler, a red serrated peeler and an orange julienne peeler.

The  swivel peeler features a double stainless steel blade that swivels and conforms to all shapes of fruit and vegetables. It is best used for vegetables such as potatoes and carrots. The  serrated peeler is best used for soft flesh fruits and vegetables such as peaches, tomatoes, peppers and mangoes. The julienne peeler is best used on vegetables to create matchstick cuts.

Messermeister Peeler Trio Set

3. Bento box lunch set

Embrace the bento way of on-the-go lunching with this Bento System 2.0 set. It is designed to help you pack nutritious, environmentally friendly lunches for school, work, and travel. This set includes an outer container that carries 4 inner containers (2 large, 2 small) with 2 seal-able lids, a dip container, and stainless steel fork and spoon. This bad boy is made in the United States.

Laptop Lunch Bento Set 2.0, Black And Magenta

4. Handblown martini glasses by Sagaform

These hand blown martini glasses feature colorful bases and look fabulous at the cocktail parties.

Sagaform Hand Blown Martini Glasses, Set of 4

5. Calibowl’s Colorful Mixing Bowls

You’d think a mixing bowl is a mixing bowl. But a designer in California has integrated some surfing magic into this design. The Calibowls have a thick lip, with a curve that pushes food back onto the utensil to avoid splattering your shirt or counter. It’s available in several different colors.

Calibowl Big Sur Stack Set of 3 Plastic Mixing Bowls, Green

6. The Iconic Juicy Salif by Philippe Starck

No self-respecting designer would have a kitchen without this iconic citrus juicer. Philippe Starck designed this for Alessi in 1990. While it may be tempting to place the Juicy Salif on a pedestal, it also works surprisingly well.

Alessi PSJS Juicy Salif Citrus Squeezer

7. Pantone Colored Coffee Mugs

These mugs feature the Pantone colors designers use every day. They are authentic Pantone colors and feature the official Pantone over-pricing.

Pantone Mug Set of 10

8. Sleek iScale

This sleek kitchen scale looks a bit like an iPad. It looks great in the kitchen and provides accurate weight measurements for baking. It includes 4 high precision GFX latest generation sensors to deliver superior accuracy and the fastest response times for the quick paced chef.

Ozeri Touch II Professional Digital Kitchen Scale, Tempered Glass in Elegant Black

9. MOMA-worthy Can Opener

This can opener from West Bend is a great example of thoughtful design. It’s sleek, eye catching form hides subtle details that make it shine. The cord is completely retractable with a cover, the magnet that holds the can can be stowed when not in use to avoid grabbing any nearby metal objects, it removes the lid without leaving sharp edges, and the blades are replaceable to keep this guy working for decades. Perhaps you’ll see this in the Museum of Modern Art in the near future.
West Bend 77202 Electric Can Opener

10. Alvar Aalto inspired serving dish

Iittala’s 13.5-inch Aalto Clear Glass Serving Tray is a new piece of art inspired by the late Alvar Aalto.

ittala Aalto 13.5-inch Serving Tray, Clear
You can see the inspiration from this collection of Aalto’s glass vases:
 vases designed for the Karhula-Iittala Glass Design Competition by Alvar Aalto

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Alessi’s soy sauce container is one cute little chickadee

I don’t know what this cute little bird has to do with soy sauce. Why, of all things, would you rip its head open and fill it with salty soy sauce?

Why not? It’s Alessi!

A di Alessi Lily Bird Soy Sauce Container

The Lily Bird soy sauce container was designed by Stefano Giovannoni in 2008. It’s made of bone china.

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High in the sky with Alessi sushi set

This sushi set designed by Stefano Giovannoni in 2008 features whimsical birds and clouds that will make your meal delightful. The set contains a small dish for soy sauce, large plate, chopstick rest in bone china, set of chopsticks in PA and a silk place mat. This is a limited edition, like many Alessi items, so you’ll need to hurry up to get one of these for your birthday.

A di Alessi Birds and Clouds Sushi Set

Here’s an interview with the designer.

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Magnetic trivet keeps your table from getting scorched

Imagine you are carrying a large pot of soup to the table. Your hands are full, the pot is boiling hot, and your table is looking up and pleading for you to not burn it again.

These magnetic trivets attach themselves to your pot and will keep it safely away from your table. This smaller one is great for your gravy and frying pans.
Kuhn Rikon Magnetic Trivet, Small

Use this larger version on the dutch oven.

Kuhn Rikon Magnetic Trivet, Large

This set by Alessi features three magnetic trivets that can be combined to create different shapes or used individually for an assortment of hot and steamy pots.
Alessi DB01 Try It Trivet

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The art of the small spoon — designer espresso spoons

Think of the items people treasure. The things we hold dear and pass on from generation to generation. How big are they?

Usually we think of small, intimate items such as lockets, bibles, photographs, and jewelry. Small items require closer inspection and generate a relationship between the item and the viewer.

Espresso spoons are a small items that have generated significant attention from designers. I remember the first time I came across an espresso spoon set by Michael Graves in a museum gift shop. Their presence belied the small footprint.

Let’s look at some espresso spoons that go beyond functionality and explore the form.

This is our baseline, the stainless steel set by Henckels

J.A. Henckels Cottage Stainless-Steel Espresso Spoons, Set of 8

Blomus takes a minimalist approach with this set of flat espresso spoons.

UTILO Flat Espresso Spoon Set by Blomus
Georg Jensen and Arne Jacobsen build on this look by adding a traditional spoon pocket

Georg Jensen Arne Jacobsen Espresso Spoon (2 Pack)

Coffee house music takes on a new meaning with these treble spoons.

Music Treble Cleff Demitasse Espresso Spoon

Villeroy and Boch have this whimsical set of new wave silver espresso spoons
Villeroy & Boch New Wave Caffe Espresso Spoon, Silver

Alessi – the espresso spoon masters

Alessi is known for its high-end designs. Here is just a sample of spoons from their group of distinguished designers.

David Chipperfield
Alessi DC02SET Set of Four Espresso Spoons By David Chipperfield

Miriam Mirri
Alessi Il Caffe Alessi Set of 4 Heart-Shaped Spoons by Miriam Mirri

B. Marshall
Alessi DCM02SET Set of Four Espresso Spoons By B. Marshall

Espresso Maker

You’ll need something to make your espresso. This maker by Alessi is worthy of the spoons on the table.
Alessi 6 Cup Stainless Steel Espresso Maker 9090/6

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Soft Cheese Knives by Alessi

Designed for cutting soft and semi-soft cheeses, with blades hand-forged at Berti Cutlery of Scarperia, Italy. The Alessi La Via Lattea Set of Soft Cheese Knives, created by Anna and Gian Franco Gasparini, has been engineered to ensure that every cut brings out the varied flavors of the cheese.

La Via Lattea Set of Soft Cheese Knives by Alessi