Entertaining Made [Stylishly] Easy



Drawing inspiration from the Frank Lloyd Wright Coonley Cocktail Napkins, I pulled together some entertaining pieces that will definitely break the ice at any party. Whether it’s the story behind the product or just purely its design, these modern items are destined to become a classic in any home.

1. Frank Lloyd Wright Cocktail Napkins: These 2-ply paper cocktail napkins are printed with a seemingly immortal stained glass window art designed by Wright in 1912 for the Avery Coonley Playhouse in Riverside, Illinois. A portion of this product supports the conservation and education efforts of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the Museum of Modern Art.

2. Alessi Anna Gong Folding Cake StandItalian designer and architect Alessandro Mendini pays homage to Alessi’s legendary folding cake stand “art 898” with the Anna Gong Folding Cake Stand. Like its predecessor, there are two aspects to the 18/10 stainless steel cake stand. When it’s closed, it acts as a table-top sculpture. When open, it unfolds into three tiers. 

3. Tonfisk Shadow Glass CarafePlay tricks on the eyes and satisfy the senses. This clear glass carafe stands at an intriguing angle atop a correlating coaster, which cleverly mimics the shape of its shadow. One side of the coaster is a stained wood finish while the other side is colored black, allowing the shadow to stand out on any surface. 

4. iittala Kartio Short Tumbler Set: Kaj Franck designed this modern day drinking glass in 1967, but the timeless tumblers won’t live much of their long life behind cupboard doors. Clean lines and smooth shapes allow them to transition from casual to formal settings.

5. Artek Siena White/Black Tray Designer Alvar Aalto named the 1954 Siena pattern after his favorite city in Italy, and his architectural background shows in the strong lines of the blocked design. Made from sturdy plywood, the tray can accommodate drinks and hors d’oeuvres at a gathering, but the possibilities far surpass serving. 

6. iittala Aalto Cranberry Vase: Designed in 1936, the iittala Aalto Vase is still considered to be one of the most famous glass objects and it’s easy to see why. Aalto’s innovative design continues to enthrall the world with the craftsmanship required to produce just one mouth-blown vase, it takes seven craftsman, 12 work stages and 30 hours. It remains a pertinent fixture in modern design, earning a permanent spot at the MoMA in New York. 

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