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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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French Bull makes melamine dinnerware fabulous

French Bull makes amazingly delightful dinnerware. These melamine plates and more are also kid friendly.

French Bull Collage Plate, Melamine, 8-Inch Diameter

French Bull Melamine Plate

French Bull Melamine Plate

French Bull Apron

French Bull has a fun story about how they started:

FRENCH BULL’s debut in January of 2002 marked the return of melamine but with a modern spin. The classic material known for it’s durability and striking color was given a makeover boasting the bold pop culture signature style of designer Jackie Shapiro. After graduating from Parson’s School of Design majoring in fashion, Jackie landed in Italy, working for Milan’s innovative fashion house, Fiorucci. It was here where she began breathing life into familiar images with her graphic style grounded in color and steeped in imagination.
Our Story – French Bull

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Special Edition Michael Graves Teapot

The teapot whistle heard ’round the world.

Michael Graves Kettle Black

Michael Graves’ singing teapot is now available in a special edition with black accents. This iconic teapot with the little bird perched on the pouring spot was released in 1985 and was the first item by an American designer to be produced by Alessi.

In the home design world, it was the creation in 1985 of the Alessi teapot with its whimsical bird spout that pushed Graves into stardom. More than a half million of those stainless steel tea kettles whistle in homes now. They first retailed at $60; you can purchase one for $135 today. Graves has a special etching machine to autograph the kettles, and has held celebrity signings they way authors do. Not signing the kettle would be like Joe DiMaggio not signing a baseball, he once told a reporter.
Michael Graves “Archetype of the 90’s” Maria Lobiondo

Here’s one owner’s tribute to their whistling teapot

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It Ain’t Easy Being Red

If you think your life is difficult, imagine being this poor red guy:

During the day, he’s holding up your knives
The Ex 5-Piece Stainless-Steel Knife Set with Unique Holder, Red

He can’t even lay down for a nap without more knives coming his way
Throwzini 6-Piece Knife Set with Block

Dead Red at the Office

At work, he’s got a pen stuck in his gut
Dead Fred Pen Holder

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Helvetica Cookie Cutter

For those who are not familiar with Helvetica, it is a font that is considered by many to be the holy grail of sans-serif fonts. Designers drool over the letters and they are absolutely puddling with affection for these custom made cookie cutters by Beverly Hsu.
Helvetica cookie cutters by Beverly Hsu

These are not available for sale yet.