Didriks

Tableware, Home Decor, Outdoor Furniture

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Didriks is an independent locally owned business located on Observatory Hill, just northwest of Harvard Square, in the heart of Cambridge, MA. As of Spring 2014, we also have a second showroom at The Mill at Newton Lower Falls.

Since 2004 our collection of fine outdoor furniture, tableware, floor coverings, and kitchen supplies has grown to include many of the premier brands from throughout the United States and Europe.

eye on design: Michael Graves

American architect Michael Graves died earlier this month, prompting a global retrospective on his life and works (I especially liked the Slate and New York Times articles). Though a prominent and respected architect, Graves became best known for his household design, partnering with brands like Dansk, Alessi, Steuben, Target, JC Penny, and Disney to create beautiful, functional, everyday designs. 

Originally part of an Alessi design project called the "Coffee and Tea Piazza", for which several designers were asked to contribute, the now classic 9093 whistling bird kettle (colloquially known as the Graves kettle) outsold all the rest, and continues to be Alessi's number one kettle.  

This kettle, launched in 1985, was the beginning of an extremely fruitful relationship with Italian brand Alessi, and resulted in a range of accessories and complementary pieces (as well as entirely new collections), including the sugar and creamer set, the French press, the salt castor and pepper mill, and the kitchen timer.  The pepper mill was another bestseller, and all of these pieces later became available in alternate colors as well. 

See the full collection of Alessi products designed by Michael Graves here!

Modern Elegance with Barlow Tyrie

Dan K. Gordon Landscape Architects recently shared some images of a project featuring some of our Barlow Tyrie outdoor furniture, and the images were so wonderful we had to share them with you.

This classic colonial residence in Wellesley, MA, has understated neoclassical touches that give it an anchored, imposing elegance.  The landscape is lush and structured while maintaining its casual, inviting appearance, which softens the clean geometry of the house. This landscape is ideal, then, for the lounger they selected, the Barlow Tyrie Capri Base Lounger, with its clean, linear design and warm teak tones. The Capri collection is a proven line from Barlow Tyrie, popular for years thanks to its contemporary silhouette and versatile design. 

The perfectly geometric lines of the Capri Base lounger are echoed here in the precise shingle-style siding, the large, bricked tiles of the patio, the traditional muntin windows, and the compact, linear stone wall.  They combine well here with the Colchester Square side table, another clean design from Barlow, yet with the slightly recessed table skirt that complements the traditional elements of the space.

Of course no patio would be complete without a grill! This space features a large Big Green Egg*, perfect for outdoor entertaining.

*Shop Big Green Egg grills and accessories at our location at The Mill at Newton Lower Falls

Big Green Egg grill

Big Green Egg grill

Photos by Greg Premru Photography, courtesy of Dan K. Gordon Landscape Architects

Our April outdoor furniture event is coming up, so keep a lookout for the promotional information and codes!

Also this weekend, don't miss our Garnier-Thiebaut trunk show! Visit our Newton Lower Falls location to see the new product and enjoy 20% off Garnier-Thiebaut items!

-Meghan

Didriks is an independent, locally owned tableware and home furnishings store located on Observatory Hill in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at The Mill at Newton Lower Falls.

cognac snack

On these cold winter days it's nice to warm up with a little something more than hot chocolate... try fresh pecans as a crunchy accompaniment!

Alessi nut cracker, Schott Zwiesel Enoteca Cognac glass, Libeco Home Hudson tea towel, Spencer Peterman spalted board

Alessi nut cracker, Schott Zwiesel Enoteca Cognac glass, Libeco Home Hudson tea towel, Spencer Peterman spalted board

We love the delicacy of the Enoteca cognac glass from Schott Zwiesel, wonderfully light in the hand and beautifully sculpted. The Enoteca line is one of the brand's mouth-blown collections, and even at a distance you can see the clarity and quality of this glass. This could be a great sherry glass as well. 8.3oz 

The Alessi nut cracker is a wonderful tool - this is satisfyingly heavy 18/10 stainless steel with a near-mirror satin finish. We can't find a nut this cracker can't crack. Alessi's novelty squirrel shaped cracker is cute (so cute!), but for elegant design and utility this is our pick.

Didriks is an independent, locally owned tableware and home furnishings store located on Observatory Hill in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at The Mill at Newton Lower Falls.

Valentine's Vision

We created this pink themed setting in honor of Valentine's Day (if you didn't see our gift guides, check them out, useful year-round!). The subdued brightness of pale pastels contrasts with the hot pink Chilewich table runner. While pink is classic for this holiday, I find pink, especially sophisticated, muted pinks like many featured here, a wonderful starting place for a table.

The foundation of this setting is the combination of pale pink and cream. A number of subtle textures are introduced, from the delicate arrow design on the Sarjaton Metsa dinner plate to the embossed wheat-like pattern on the Rorstrand Swedish Grace salad plate.  This is complimentary but not identical to the tone-on-tone braid pattern on the Sarjaton mug

Alessi Nuovo Milano flatware

Alessi Nuovo Milano flatware

Verso Kukka felt coasters

Verso Kukka felt coasters

iittala Sarjaton and Rorstrand Swedish Grace dinnerware

iittala Sarjaton and Rorstrand Swedish Grace dinnerware

The glass Sarjaton cups and mirror-finish flatware, along with the reflective  strands of this lattice runner and the light-throwing dewdrops on the footed bowls that are the centerpiece of each place setting, keep the setting glittering and bright. 

iittala Sarjaton mug and glass

iittala Sarjaton mug and glass

Playful felt coasters shaped like plum blossoms from Finnish designer Verso keep the setting light-hearted and keep it from being overloaded with sparkle.

The keystone of the table is the giant vase of peonies, a distinctively scalloped design from Simon Pearce, the Devon vase. We love the elegant teardrop shape of this vase, and its generous size. Peonies are a wonderful alternative to roses for Valentine's Day, as well! 

Happy Valentine's Day!

Didriks is an independent, locally owned tableware and home furnishings store located on Observatory Hill in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at The Mill at Newton Lower Falls.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide part 2: for Him

We've put gift guides for him and her together in honor of Valentine's Day, but you could keep these suggestions in mind year round! Here are a few particular favorites from this year's guide for him. See part 1, highlights from our guide for her, here.

1. Match Pewter Double Old-Fashioned Glass

Whether the single or the double old-fashioned glass, this is one of our most popular whiskey-style glasses in the store, and for good reason. The handcrafted pewter base gives this glass excellent heft, really satisfying in the hand, and the diameter of the double old-fashioned is ideal for those with larger hands who want plenty of space for ice or breathing. We love the shot glass from this collection as well.

2. Alessi Espresso/Coffee Maker

This is Alessi's most popular espresso maker, and it's easy to see why. The clean geometric lines and stainless steel mirror finish are telltale marks of this famous Italian brand.  If your Valentine is into stovetop espresso, this is a great option.

3. Libeco Home Bistro Apron

These classic aprons from Belgian brand Libeco are an ideal blend of traditional and durable. 100% linen, they will serve your favorite chef for years to come. Particularly well suited to men (and tall women) as they run long. Available in several shades.

4. Spencer Peterman Black Ebonized Bowl

We love the bowls from Spencer Peterman, and the newest finish is like nothing we've seen before. The ebonized line is made of cherry or oak wood (usually the round bowls are cherry and the oval bowls are oak), and the dark finish is created by a reaction between the tannins in the wood and a treatment of vinegar and steel wool, which is then sealed with tung oil. Badass, right? There are boards in this style as well.

5. Berti Coltello Steak Knife set

The Berti steak knives are the most luxurious we offer, handmade in Italy with lovely handle options. One of our favorites is the Cornotech, a resin designed to simulate oxhorn (though many of their kitchen knives are available in a gorgeous genuine oxhorn handle). If your Valentine loves steak, these are a great way to enjoy it in style.

Didriks is an independent, locally owned tableware and home furnishings store located on Observatory Hill in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at The Mill at Newton Lower Falls.

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