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May 11, 2010

There's nothing nicer than breakfast in bed--and nothing worse than bed covers covered in coffee and toast. I recently set out on a hunt for colorful, graphically bold serving trays that will sort out this situation. Here's what I found.

Adams Angela Munjoy Ocean tray

Munjoy / Ocean Tray

Serving trays are darn useful in the kitchen, making transport easy for a batch of cupcakes or couple of glasses of lemonade to eager guests. But a cool patterned piece can also really tie together a small collection of tchotchkes and create a nice tableau in any room of the house. The retro print on this birch veneer is named after the Munjoy Hill neighborhood in Portland, Maine, where Angela Adams is based, and is just one in a colorful collection that includes rugs, papergoods, and pillows.

Kenga Punch Serving Tray

Kenga / Punch Tray

The Kenga / Punch tray by Angela Adams offers a bold alternative to your everyday servingware. The graphic design and color choices were inspired by the company's associate creative director Karen Gelardi's "fiery enthusiasm and red hair" (and named for her as well since her nickname is "Kenga"). To us, though, it's a colorful and modern take on a plate of deviled eggs.

Pieni Unikko Serving Tray

Pieni Unikko Tray

The Pieni Unikko plywood tray features Marimekko's iconic Unikko pattern, designed by Maija Isola and Kristina Isola, and is available in pink and blue and less common black, yellow, and green hues.

Kaivo Serving Tray

Kaivo Tray

The Kaivo Tray by Marimekko features a lesser known pattern by desingersn Maija Isola and Kristina Isola, who also created the company's iconic Unikko floral graphics. In addition to the tray, the pattern is also available on tea towels and a mug.

Herb Garden Serving Tray

Herb Garden Tray

Made of layers of birch veneer, the Herb Garden Tray features a playful design of cooking herbs--and the pattern is also available on storage pots for keeping your own homegrown spices.

Herring Serving Tray

Herring Tray

Graphically bold, the Herring tray's eponymous fish are abstracted enough to slightly distort their images and create a visually interesting pattern. The trays are made in Sweden with layers of birch veneer.

Landsby Small Tray Serving Tray

Landsby Small Tray

Made from sustainably forested Scandianvian birchwood, the Landsby Small Tray features an idyllic scene covered with a protective coating. Protect it at home in the cotton tote bag that comes along with it.

Eden by Alexander Girard Serving tray

Eden Tray

In 1944, Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, and George Nelson each designed trays--along with other simple household goods--featuring now iconic patterns. The classic trays, including Girard's Eden Tray, are available through Vitra.

Sea Things by Charles and Ray Eames Serving Tray

Sea Things Tray

In 1944, Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, and George Nelson each designed trays--along with other simple household goods--featuring now iconic patterns. The classic trays, including the Eameses' Sea Things Tray, are available through Vitra.

China Shop by George Nelson Serving tray

China Shop Tray

In 1944, Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, and George Nelson each designed trays--along with other simple household goods--featuring now iconic patterns. The classic trays, including Nelson's China Shop Tray, are available through Vitra.

Stockholm tray serving tray

Stockholm Tray

Take an around-the-world adventure with Maria Dahlgren's trays, which feature icons of the cities on which they focus. The collection includes trays celebrating Stockholm, Helsinki, and London.

Le Petit Dej Breakfast Tray Serving Tray

Le Petit Dej' Breakfast Tray

Australian-born, United States-based designer Peter White, of Bywhite Designs, created this breakfast tray to solve the problem of including a vase for the breakfast-in-bedder that would inevitable topple onto the covers. The Petit Dej' tray offers the perfect alternative--though necessitates always having a flower on hand.

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