A topographic table? Yes, please.
This TOPO table
has our undivided attention thanks to Inhabitat's
coverage of NONdesign at ICFF.
The concept is genius. In Inhabitat's
words, "The TOPO table is completely customizable, allowing the owner to choose how much tabletop real estate goes towards the decorative, and how much towards functionality. As a work desk, it seems ideal to have just one or two TOPO bits on the edges, but in a kitchen, it might be great to fill the entire thing with herbs or wheatgrass."
We prefer the sunken plant-filled moments to the reversed mini-hills because we thrive on beauty meeting function (and a hill on a table is really just a hill on a table).
Cost: $940. You'll need some money, but thankfully the white lab coat (pictured here) is not required for successful implementation.