Cafe Society

Patricia Boyer, Lois Bloom - October 2008

Lois Bloom and Patricia Boyer show how conversation sparking accoutrements can stimulate coffee and tea drinkers.

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    Oneida Foodservice "Mood" by Sant'Andrea, a tactile design with smoothed corners, comes in asymmetrical shapes in bright white porcelain. The 6-ounce sugar bowl, 6 1/2-ounce creamer, and 4 1/4" coffee spoon are shown.

    Rosenthal USA The "TAC Dynamic" teapot was designed by Walter Gropius, a hallowed founder of the Bauhaus movement. Characteristic semicircular curves are set off by dynamic black lines on a white body.

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    Schott Zwiesel Standing an elegant 8" tall, the "Top Ten" dessert wineglass holds a generous 13 ounces.

    Judel Products The 1 1/2-ounce thinly tapered Cordial is 7" high and comes plain or panel optic.

    Spiegelau The 8" tall, fine rimmed "Cremona" spirit glass makes a perfect vessel for 4 ounces of grappa.

    Cardinal International The 4" tall "Palmier" dessert dish holds 7 ounces of sorbet, ice cream, or gelato. A taller, 12-ounce version is also available.

    Riedel Crystal of America The "Tyrol" flute, 6" high with a 7-ounce capacity, is ideal for demi-sec Champagne.

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    Steelite International USA The 20 1/4" tall pyramid-shaped afternoon tea stand has 3 tiers with removable glass plates. The stand measures 13" by 8 1/4" at the base.

    Orion Trading & Design The luminous 10" "Marina" glass plate with a wide dappled rim presents a glamorous background for a variety of desserts.

    Izabel Lam New York The 2-ounce "Morningtide" porcelain espresso cup perches on a 5 3/4" by 3 3/4" rectangular saucer which can accomodate a petit-four or two. Also available are a 9-ounce cappuccino cup with an 8" by 5 3/4" saucer.

    Bodum "Bora Bora", an elegant 17-ounce glass tea press with a stainless-steel filter and a double thermal wall to keep tea hot, is also available in a 34-ounce size.

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    Annie Glass Banded in 24K gold, the undulating 9 1/2" "Ruffle" plate makes any dessert appear opulent. Also available with a platinum border.

    Seltmann USA The "Luxor" 10 1/3" Duoplate in creamy white porcelain holds a matching 10.2-ounce coffee pot and a bountiful 7.4-ounce American cup.

    Royal Doulton USA Created in collaboration with chef Gordon Ramsay, the pure white bone china "Platinum" collection features concentric raised rings around the rim and a narrow platinum band at the outermost edge.

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    Fortessa "Cestino" 18/10 stainless-steel flatware displays a textured basket-weave pattern on the handles, shaped on both sides to fit comfortably in the hand. The dessert fork and knife are shown.

    RIverside Design Group Handcrafted in the USA of recycled glass, the 9" square freeform plate from the "Sea Glass" collection is show in copper.

    Sambonet USA The "Elite" 2-tier jam/honey stand, 12" high with 5" and 7" tiers, makes for pretty mignardises presentations. Available in 18/10 stainless steel and silver plate.

    American Metalcraft Frame dramatic presentations on this "Essence" 8" by 15 1/4" stainless-steel platter.

    Guy Degrenne Hotel Division "Cafetiere," a stylish version of the French press in 18/10 stainless steel and glass, holds 4 cups.

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    Korin A contemporary adaptation of traditional lacquerware, the 3-tier clear acrylic "Oju" box measures 5.3" by 4.9" by 7 1/2", including the handle.

    Villeroy & Boch Set on a gently sloping saucer, the "Hot Wave Cafe" 8 1/2-ounce cup has a correspondingly curved handle. The collection also includes a 6-ounce teacup and a 3-ounce espresso.

    Kenilworth Trading Company Serve a trio of tastes on the "Saffron" collection porcelain 14 1/2" by 5" rectangle with three 2 1/2" indentations and optional 3-ounce cups.