You can always count on the products at Crate & Barrel sister store – CB2 – to be ultra-contemporary and very affordable, so it’s exciting when they come out with a new collection! Everything in their new line is really very cool, but here are 12 stand-out favorites:
• Q Dinnerware ($3.95 – $5.95 per piece) – White porcelain origami in motion, ringed concentric with a slashed overlapped rim reminiscent of the letter Q.
• Petal Green Dinnerware ($2.95 – $5.95 per piece) – Organic shapes triangulate with glossy pear green glaze interior, semi-matte white exterior that peeks just over the rim.
• Kabuk Bottle Opener ($4.95 each) – Unique & different… and a cool host gift idea to pair with a 6-pack of the their favorite brew! Each stainless steel bottle opener has a different kabuki face design that reverses to another kabuki face.
• Acrylic Leaning Wine Rack ($169)– Very mod-minimalist! Novel angle on wine storage/display. Clear acrylic rack bottlenecks 24 total—3 across, 8 down—in a suspended sculptural effect.
• Finger Foods Plates ($9.95 set of 10) – White polypropylene plates that have rings to slide on finger. I’m really not sure how well these work, but they do look pretty interesting & at only $10 for 10, I’m game to give them a test run…
• Triplet Server Set ($9.95 per 7-piece set) – This condiment set serves up fun modern trio. One slim white stoneware tray hosts three white angled servers glazed lobster red inside. Plus three white mini spoons to go.
• Compliments Dinnerware ($3.95 – $4.95 per piece) – Retro cartoon sound bites bubble up on “jolly good” low soup bowl and his “spiffy” or her “tasty” salad plates. White dinner plate sauced with bright orange main dishes it or serves platter style.
• Cow Appetizer Plates (only $1.50 each!)– Andy Warhol’s collectible neon cows (circa 1966) graze with pop fame and great name (embossed artist’s signature on the back). Image courtesy of the Andy Warhol Institute for the Visual Arts. Created exclusively for CB2.
• Chopsticks Placemats ($6.95 each) – Unbelievably affordable table “wardrobe” from normally expensive textile and fashion designer Liora Manné. Her patented Lamontage ® method layers and interlocks acrylic fibers by needlepunch to create a flat techno felt of saturated monochromatic hues, modern pattern and novel texture. Easy to clean in the washing machine.
• NYC Paper Placemats ($9.95 for a set of 25) – 10% post-consumer paper mats featuring a map of Manhattan in black/white with recycled agri-based inks.
• Pattern Flatware (only $39.95 for a 20-piece set!) – Wide matte handles look flat from a bird’s eye view, but surprise with extreme ergonomic curves in profile. Knife has cool uni-stencil look.
Click here to check out everything in CB2′s “New Eat” (a.k.a. “Entertaining”) category!