A Trivet Trove
To protect and serve: the slogan of any good trivet. Make sure your prized tabletop doesn't become singed from fresh-out-of-the-oven casseroles nor soggy from a tasty chilled delight. This oft-overlooked kitchen accoutrement may spend most of its moments underneath a pot or kettle, but considering the wealth of eye-catching designs available, these trivets are worthy of outright display on their own.
Designed by Ding3000, the Rainbow trivet is an exercise in space-saving design. It neatly folds up into its namesake shape to help keep drawers tidy and opens up to become the perfect perch for pots or pans. The trivet comes is shades of grey, blue, and purple, though we're quite fond of the emerald green version.
This 100-percent wool felt trivet is an attractive array of interlocking triangles. In addition to protecting your prized pieces of furniture from hot kettles or casseroles, it also champions a noble cause: The Hexmat is handmade as part of a job-creation program for homeless women in Portland, Oregon.
Are you in hot pursuit of the perfect runner but cloth options just aren't quite robust enough to handle three meals a day at your house? These houndstooth trivets can take a steaming serving bowl or sweating pitcher of lemonade while looking darn good on your dining table. Arrange them in any way you please, or break up the set and use as coasters or place mats. Check out Mio's site for lots more fun and functional products.
You might know your way around a stiff drink or a hot dish, but it's a good idea to make sure your coasters and trivets can navigate their way as well. These concrete pieces by Nobuhiro Sato and A + R Store offer a road map to good design, as the southern Caifornia shop's two locations serve as the focal points on a 1/1200 scale.