In 1842, Peugeot of France invented the pepper mill—and our palette has been more pleased ever since. While we’ve seen many incarnations of these flavorful objects, the unique geometric towers from British design powerhouse Tom Dixon are beyond noteworthy. Constructed in the spirit of the company’s mission to revive the British furniture industry, these stylish seasoners are color blocked into white, black and electric orange, and are as much modern art piece as they are tabletop necessity.
Make sure your coffee-loving loved ones are never lacking in the finest beans with a coffee subscription from Portland’s acclaimed Heart Roasters. Opt for weekly or bi-weekly service starting at three months for a pound of some of the finest beans this side of the Atlantic, mailed from Heart directly to your door. Give them a few preferences for roast and brewing style and they’ll do the rest.
Sourced from grapes growing in the moderate temps of California’s Santa Rita Hills, Municipal Winemakers’ pinot noir is a low alcohol variety offering notes of cherry and raspberry. The grapes are hand-picked at night with only 200 cases bottled in September of 2013.
Few things have brought so much joy to this world as Buddha and butter. Now, two great forces combine in this mind-blowing Buddha butter dish, created with a mission to provide self-accepting inner peace as you grow a Buddha belly of your own. Buddha says, “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” So spread that butter on without fear, enjoy the present and embrace the impermanence of that belly.
When filling a flask before a night on the town, class acts reach for Wentworth Pewter Flask Funnel. Not only does the scale of this tiny object—a miniscule 1.5 x 1.25 inches—make it an adorable item unto itself, but we take comfort in knowing that not a drop of pricey spirits might be wasted in an important liquor transfer. The legend of pewtersmith Arthur Richard Wentworth, who sold pewter items from his suitcase in the 1950s, lives on today in Wentworth’s well-crafted and inherently beautiful objects.
No beach house is complete without this lovable bottle opener, which brings just the right amount of function and seaside kitsch to any summer rager. Your under-the-sea friend is sure to elicit an endlessly annoying slew of “whale of a good time” jokes, while simultaneously providing one. Plus, unlike some other fancier sterling silver whale-bottle openers, we like that this guy look a little rough around the edges.
Hand-crafted in the small town of Laguiole, France, these corkscrews have been the tool of choice for French sommeliers since the 19th century. Made with intricate precision from naturally shed stag’s horn, they are most recognizable by their bee latch, the imperial symbol of Napoleon.
Spice up the holidays with this chile-crazed cookbook from the Albuquerque Tribune, which brings together 200 prize-winning recipes from real New Mexican kitchens. Originally published back in 1993, the authentic family dishes represented all feature the same southwestern staple—the long green chile, renowned for both its spice and surprising subtlety.
Out with the old and in with the new. Glen Garioch’s impressive single malt scotch whisky is aged completely in Virgin North American White Oak, known to flavor spirits quickly and intensely, and often reserved for only the “finishing” part of the process. However, Glen Garioch’s solid spirit holds up astoundingly well to the intensified flavor lent from new wood, and delivers a scotch described as “a velvet explosion of rich buttery, malt, chocolate and spice.”
For seriously enlightened cocktail party conversations, provoke deep and philosophical banter at your next shindig with this serving tray, which depicts surrealist René Magritte’s “La trahison des images.” You and your guests can impress with art-history recall, as you debate the fine line between representation and object, all over a well-displayed vegetable platter.
There’s nothing like gifting a bag of beans from the roaster known to refuse serving espresso in a paper cup, so as not to compromise the integrity of their bean’s distinctive flavor. Born in San Francisco and branched into NYC, Blue Bottle’s beans do more than never disappoint; they elevate every morning brew into an exquisite tasting experience with a good little buzz.
Beer and foosball are an excellent combo, and never before have these activities been so dually represented in one object. Authentic little foosball players, each one perfectly weathered and unique, have been plucked from true vintage tables and reconstructed into ever-useful bottle openers. Long after our foosball careers has come to an end, we can still pop open a cold one and reminisce on the glory days.
Cocoon your beverage of choice in this classy hand-stitched leather drink holder from Friday & River. As you save the earth, one disposable koozie at a time, the biggest challenge you will face is whether to sip on the booze or hit the caffeine. Crafted in the US from a natural vegetable-tanned leather, which only gets better with age.
Utilizing age-old production methods and materials, design and architecture house VW+BS inject contemporary aesthetics into timeless pieces. The forthcoming Silt Collection uses the ancient Chinese material purple clay, renowned for its absorbent and flavor enhancing qualities traditionally used for serving black tea. The cups and small jug are all stackable with a simplistic modern touch.
Don’t let the allure of this glossy wash basin fool you. North Yorkshire-based Turner & Harper cold form the heavy gauge steel with a spinning process that hardens the material to an extremely robust structure, before adding a satiny enamel finish inert to chemicals. Built to last for years, the basin is designed with comfort and function in mind.
London isn’t just all about tea. From Climpson & Sons on Broadway Market to Kaffeine near Oxford Circus, there’s a palpable coffee culture all over the city. To help navigate the multitude of cafes or discover new roasters, pick up this easy-to-read, foldable print map.