Here Boy! The Most Stylish Dog Treat Jars Available

Dog Treat Jars

When it comes to keeping Fido’s treats within reach, here are several good looking options that will not only keep your pet’s nomnoms fresh, but are snazzy enough to be placed on the countertop with pride. Read more

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The 10 Best Modern Nutcrackers for Christmas

Our curated selection of wonderful modern nutcrackers for Christmas are about as far from the traditional German figural ones you can get. These modern and minimalist designed nutcrackers by the likes of Marcel Wanders, Josh Owen and Menu come from all over the world, but each is available via Amazon. Read more

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Alessi’s New Beautiful Blue Christmas Baubles

The new Blue Christmas decorations by italian brand Alessi are a different look and feel from Alessi’s previously stunning collection by artist Marcello Jori. These new Christmas baubles by Laura Polinoro (LPWK) and Antonio Aricò offer original inspiration for those who love creating a holiday atmosphere that may veer from the traditional Red and Green. Read more

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25 Stunning Cake Stands You Can Buy On Amazon Now

For the bakers and party-throwers out there, we’ve found the 25 (technically, 27) most stunning cake stands available on Amazon right now. These can be used for any home made or store bought cakes, cupcakes, pastries -even wedding cakes. They range from wild modern handmade ones to elegant classic ones by well-known and respected designers and manufacturers.  Read more

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Alessi Turns The Nativity Into Cutest Christmas Ornaments Ever.

I must confess I never thought I’d see a baby Jesus ornament that I thought was cute. I was wrong. Italian company Alessi has created a line of 12 new Christmas ornaments, 10 based on the old testament’s Nativity scene and 2 decorative ones, that include everything from an adorable Baby Jesus to a darling Donkey. Read more

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Curvalinear Collaborative Kitchens – La Cucina Alessi.

La Cucina Alessi is a full range of kitchen furniture and product designs that are a collaborative effort between Alessi, Valcucine and Oras. The kitchens are designed by Alessandro Mendini for ALESSI, the furniture and hoods are produced by Valcucine, and the faucets by Oras.

above: kitchen sketches by Alessandro Mendini

The counter tops, cabinetry, and laminates (patterned and solid) are modern and functional. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, the kitchen designs have ample workspace, smart storage solutions and are easy to clean for the serious cook. There are lots of thoughtful and unique design touches as well.

above: The Oras kitchen faucet designed by Alessandro Mendini has a high, figurative spout leaving ample space for working. The faucet is also available with a dishwasher valve.

Two of the range hoods produced by Valcucine:

The curvalinear cabinets, countertops and islands are available in glass, steel or laminate with organic curves and elegant lines. Combined with the hoods and faucets, they are a stunning synthesis of design. Rather than bore you with written specifics, let me wow you with photos.



Optional patterns for the laminate cabinetry:


Some thoughtful details:

And lots of possible configurations:

All products of LA CUCINA ALESSI are produced under license of ALESSI Spa.

Alessi Spa via Privata Alessi 6
28887 Crusinallo (VB) Italy

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Animate Your Christmas With 2009 Alessi Figurines

This is the third year that designer Massimo Giacon has designed sweet little magical Christmas porcelain figurines for Alessi. With some additions to the line and some changes (e.g. the nativity scene went from white to red and has individuals characters you can add), they are still one of the cutest ways to add some whimsy to your holiday.

All the figures are made of white porcelain and subsequently decorated by hand, occasionally with the help of decalcomania. Their sizes match those in the previous collection, so if you already own some, these will fit right in!

Here’s the new Alessi figurines for 2009, plus a candy dish and 2 new plates:

New Nativity:

3 Wise Men, Salvatore, la signora Acqua and 2 sheep:

The Hugging Tree:

The Christmas Hug Plates:

The candy dish/pastry plate:

The Alessi Christmas collection from 2008:

And the Alessi original Christmas Collection from 2007:

Buy any or all of them here at Unica Home (as long as they are still available!)

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