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>> Modern Tabletop on Marketplace

Buying china used to mean setting up a wedding registry for a "good" (i.e. fancy) set at Macy's, Bloomingdale's or another of the classic old department stores. That changed a long time ago, and today there are a lot more retailers (large and small) that offer simple, modern china that you can actually use in your day to day life, whether you're married or not.

  1. Heath Ceramics (California/Online): Heath is one of the few remaining mid-century American potteries still in existence today, and they remain a small, local manufacturer employing 40 skilled craftsman who work out of their Sausalito, CA factory.
  2. FinnStyle (Minneapolis/Online): Minneapolis shop FinnStyle is an online and in-person resource for all things Finnish and modern, from Marimekko linens to iittala glassware and dishes.
  3. Koo de Kir (Boston/Online): From the French "Coup de Coeur" loosely meaning, "a strike to the heart," Koo de Kir is a great store to visit if you're looking for a mix of modern and traditional, upscale and affordable.
  4. Fishs Eddy (New York/Online): They specialize in retro, vintage hotelware in old and new designs, with American made, double-fired, commercial grade sturdyware being their hallmark.
  5. Rose and Radish (San Francisco/Online): Rose and Radish has you covered for all things tabletop: metal, glass, ceramic, porcelain, or clay.
  6. CB2 (Various Locations): A great source for basic modern glassware and china at reasonable prices, CB2 has an extensive and ever-changing rotation of tabletop and barware.
  7. Crate and Barrel (Various Locations): The shop is still setting what we consider the standard for quality, prices, and service. Their reissue of Eva Ziesel's Classic Century china is an Apartment Therapy favorite.
  8. Areaware (New York/Online): Areaware — a New York based manufacturer and distributor of design goods — has grown remarkably in the last few years and they've launched an online shop to sell all that they now carry. They work with an impressive assortment of contemporary tabletop designers.
  9. Global Table (New York/Online): A treasure trove of unique and beautiful items, Global Table is a great place for pottery from around the world as well as gifts; nothing is too expensive ($5-$85) and you'll be tempted to put different items together and create your own magic.
  10. Velocity Art & Design (Seattle/Online): Velocity has a huge selection of modern tabletop, from well-known names like Alessi to edgier new designers like Jason Miller.