In this second installment of our Holiday Gift Guides, here is a selection of locally and sustainably made kitchen and tabletop products that are beautifully designed and crafted so you can go from farm to table in style.
Left: Turned wood Burnout Bowls from woodworker Duncan Oja of OJA Design are made of bleached/charred Modesto Ash and come in assorted sizes.
Right: The Bud Vase from Heath Ceramics is an Edith Heath classic designed in the 1980s. It makes for a stunning still life piece with or without flowers. Here it’s glazed with this year’s Winter Seasonal special technique: Silver Spruce. This glossy layered glaze is reminiscent of evergreen branches tipped with frost. Available for a limited time. Sold individually.
Left: From Aplat, the origami designed Poche Medium Bag stands upright on your kitchen counter and is made from extra durable and breathable organic cotton. They keep food fresh longer and are made to last for years. Just wash and reuse. Great for bread, bulk grains, herbs, and tall fresh produce like asparagus. Perfect for the refrigerator and freezer. Use them to transport everyday lunches and snacks. Take them with you on your next trip to the market for zero-waste shopping.
Right: The Apron for Everyone from Equipe is a modern apron, work smock, and tunic. Sewn from industrial overstock denim or sturdy cotton ticking. A classic pinafore cross back design means nothing to tie and one size fits all. Two large pockets hold your phone and invite your hard-working hands to tuck in and rest easily. A third pocket holds scissors, reading glasses or a favorite pen. This is a streamlined, easy to wear work uniform for multitaskers of all kinds.
Left: Jered’s Pottery mixes their clay and glazes in-house using potter Jered Nelson’s sustainably sourced California Porcelain Blend clay body, the recipe for which took him five years to hone and refine. Mr. Jiu’s Tea Cup is an 8 oz. limited edition tea cup originally designed for Mr. Jiu’s restaurant in San Francisco.
Right: The wabi-sabi inspired Porcelain Platter with burnished steel glaze from artist, designer, and ceramicist Tracey Kessler of TKID is one of a kind.
Left: Salt and Pepper Pinchers from MMclay are for seasoning at the stove or on the table, the salt and pepper dishes are a lovely upgrade for the salt-lover in your life. 3 oz. capacity. Microwave and dishwasher safe. Sold individually. Read about their showroom/studio and Airstream Trailer retail pop-up in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley in The Ultimate San Francisco Bucket List.
Right: The Stainless Chef Knife from Jay Morgan Handcraft is made from AEB-L stainless steel, giving it strength and durability. Weighing 4.6 oz. it is light and comfortable in your hand. The blade is 8″ long – perfect for those big tasks in the kitchen.
Left: The Warm Sand Bowl by ceramicist Maija Lähdesmäki of Blue Plate is made to be used and enjoyed every day. With the belief that objects that surround you contribute to your well-being, she shares stories through functional art reflecting her inspiration sources of nature, Scandinavian aesthetics, and clay itself as earthy material.
Right: The Microgreen Kit from Orta is zero-waste and self-watering. The kit contains everything you need to get started with microgreens: A self-watering terracotta planter that you can reuse for a lifetime. Refill the reservoir once a week to give your microgreens the gentle moisture they need to sprout and thrive. Four packages of seeds, for four different crops of microgreens: radish, arugula, beets, and tatsoi (an Asian green, like spinach). Compressed organic soil pellets. Beautifully illustrated instructions for how to grow microgreens as well as four other gardening projects you can do with your new kit. 100% recyclable and compostable paper packaging, including all shipping packaging.
Left: Crisply tailored or softly rumpled? The 100% Linen Table Napkin Set from Woven Grey are part of the Woven Grey Linen line. Trimmed with striking black stitching, these 18″ table napkins are medium-weight 100% linen table napkins that will dress up any dinner party with an understated yet elegant charm. Beautifully packaged for gift giving. Sold as a set of 4 or 6. Choose Natural, White, Natural with Red or Mixed Linens.
Right: The Sunburst Deluxe Coaster from Stagger Lee Goods is a unique approach to a non-stick leather coaster. The surface is embossed with original artwork on a leather base to help prevent the glass from sticking. Stamped with a sunburst design, it’s made of 100% full-grain vegetable tan leather and nylon bonded thread.
Image at top of page: The Palate Serving Board from Fire Road is the perfect backdrop for serving a delicious spread. Crafted from honed marble and carved American walnut, Palate elegantly fuses function with luxury. The walnut handles make for comfortable lifting and the sealed Carrara or Nero Marquina marble is easy to wipe clean. Palate serving board is ideal for cheese plates, antipasti, charcuterie, sushi or just to create a moment of beauty on the kitchen counter.
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