These clover coasters from Pryl design are almost too eyecatching for resting your cup of tea on.
Designed by Julia Nielsen for the Swedish company, the classic four leaf clover is transformed into a psychedelic design which looks like it has been drawn from the late 1960s, rather than 2011. The clover design comes in three eye-popping colours, all printed onto triangular laminated birchwood – perfect for cheering up a dull table or desktop.
A set of three costs £12.
Buy them from Hunkydory Home
Lotta Kühlhorn, whose apple patterned products we’ve highlighted in the past, has a new pattern that appears on products including this Luna Trivet.
The Luna design combines her love of 1950’s geometric patterns with suitable retro colours. The trivet itself is a handy little item, being the ideal size to rest your smaller pans or teapot on, or to use a chopping board.
It costs £17.95 from Hus and Hem, where you can also buy coasters in the same print for £13.95
We covered the reissue of Marianne Westman's 1956 Picknick design last year, and in turn the chopping boards that also used the design. It gets a further lease of life with these new Picknick coasters.
Each of the square coasters reproduces one of the foodie motifs from the design. Use them with the rest of the Picknick homeware range and you've got everything you need to set up your own indoor picnic.
Simple and sweet, a set of the four coasters costs £11.40.
Buy them from New House Textiles
From being the must-have puzzler game of the 1980s, the Rubik's Cube more of an iconic design, lending its shape and colours to all manner of modern-day items. The Rubik's Cube Mug and Rubik's Cube Coasters are the most recent.
Both are on pre-order now, with the mug following the 'Cube' shape as closely as possible, but throwing in a 'special curved lip' so it's actually easy to drink out of. The coasters also ape the cube, stacking on top of each other to create a cube when not in use.
If you want one of either, the mug is £8.99, while the coasters are £12.99. See a shot of the coaster over the page.
Find out more at the Spinning Hat website
Bath-based ceramic artist, Julia Davey obviously shares our love of retro robots, judging by her “The Robot” ceramics.
The collection comprises two sets of coasters, two types of mug and a jug. All of the products are made from earthenware and is individually decorated with hand-drawn transfers and painted by hand. The coasters cost £24 for a set of four, whilst the mugs cost £16 and the jug £18.50.
Buy them online at From the Wilde.
The “Why Go Home So Soon?” Collection is another range developed from the artwork in the London Transport Museum Poster Collection.
The items available are the usual sort of thing that the London Transport Museum sells – mugs, travelcard holders, coasters and placemats – but the designs are really rather lovely. They date back to 1938 from a series of posters encouraging commuters to dine out, under the slogan “Why Go Home So Soon?” Marc Fernand Severin did the original illustrations, which are in a typical 1930s style.
A set of four coasters costs £12.99. Visit the London Transport Museum website to see the full collection.