Simple yet practical, the Shaker ethos has informed furniture design for generations. That's evident in Areaware's Little Big Trivet, whose dowels are easily adjusted to accommodate everything from a teapot to a large casserole dish.
The Brooklyn company's products are available here through Let Liv, a Wellington-based, family-run online store. A few others in a similar vein include:
The Sphere - a smooth, ergonomic bottle opener that fits perfectly in the palm of your hand.
The Prism - an octagonal hardwood enclosure reveals a corkscrew when the magnetic halves are pulled apart with a simple twist.
The Horseshoe - a powerful magnet with twice the lifting strength of a bar magnet (and of course, the horseshoe is a symbol of good fortune and fertility).
And amping up the nostalgia factor, we're quite taken with the Radio Dock - an iconic piece for your nightstand or countertop. Your iPhone connector can be pulled through the dock, allowing the device to recharge (it's not, however, a docking speaker).