The Real Deal New York

Luxe Life from the September/October 2015 issue of Luxury Listings NYC

By Isabel Schwab | September 08, 2015 07:00AM

1. JUST A SIP

MacKenzie-Childs is known for its funky dishware and furniture, and this lovely ceramic teacup is no exception. The brand’s iconic checkered pattern is hand-painted, which is complemented by a wavy saucer lined in gold. Like all the best things in life, this cup manages to be both cheerful and elegant. $125; from www.mackenzie-childs.com

 

2. POP IT OFF!

Leave it to Kate Spade to make accessories for wine that are not only functional, but cute. This nifty and adorable silver plate set will both pop your bottles open for you, and keep what you don’t finish fresh for next time. $50; from www.katespade.com

3. SMELL THE OFFICE 

Brew coffee in your home just the way your favorite barista does with the new Linea Mini machine. La Marzocco just launched this smaller version of their legendary professional espresso maker, and coffee aficionados are even more amped up than normal about the news. $4,495; from www.lamarzoccousa.com


4. KEEP IT SIMPLE

For those overwhelmed by the fancy features in many high-end watches today (and we’re not even talking about the Apple Watch), then take a look at the easy sophistication of the 01 series from the Scottish brand Instrmnt. The watch tells you nothing more than the date and the time, but with top-notch Swiss engineering you can rely on. $280; from www.instrmnt.watch

5. TAKE IT WITH YOU

A traveling bar set can class up even the most informal picnic, and this one from Swaine Adeney will turn a casual day in Central Park into an event. Crafted in England, the set features a green leather-lined cooler and two champagne flutes, perfect for you and your date. Approximately $2,900 (prices are in British pounds); from www.swaineadeneybrigg.com

6. MAGIC VESSEL

To call the Lismore Diamond Round Decanter from Waterford a conversation piece would be a total understatement. Diamond-cuts in the crystal elevate this decanter into a work of art and will make any liquid you pour into it sparkle. $295; from www.waterford.com

7. SHAPE UP

While an espresso coffeemaker inspired by a chicken may sound offbeat, the result — Alessi’s new Pulcina — is so funky that we can’t believe no one thought of it before. The shape resembles a chick, but more importantly, has been specially designed to enhance the flavors and aromas in your coffee to give you the rich and intense taste you crave first thing in the morning. $90, from www.alessi.com

8. RETRO GLAM

These art deco tumblers from Lalique are perfect for a vintage cocktail night and pretty much require that you sip from them while draped in a Paul Poiret gown, gazing at the Chrysler Building. The glasses are part of the 100 Points collection that was designed in collaboration with wine critic James Suckling. $570 for a set of six; from www.lalique.com

9. ROYAL GLASS

The Russian monarchy may no longer exist, but that doesn’t mean you can’t drink like one of them. Modeled after the glasses designed for Czar Nicholas II in the early 20th century, these jewel-colored crystal champagne coups from Baccarat twinkle with the same spectacular crystal as a Fabergé egg. $2,995 each, made to order; from www.baccarat.com

10. TOUR TIME

The oldest winery in California’s Mendocino County, Parducci is just two hours north of San Francisco. Take a 30-minute tour of the redwood barrel room and wine-aging cellar before buying yourself a bottle (or two), and sip from their delicious signature wines while enjoying the tremendous views of the surrounding Mayacamas Mountain Range. $55 to pre-order a bottle of the 2012 Parducci Isabella Cabernet Sauvignon; from www.parducci.com