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.

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.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide part 1: for her

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so we've put together a gift guide for her and a gift guide for him to help you navigate our massive inventory and find that special item for your Valentine. Here are a few highlights of the gift guide for her.

1. Simon Pearce Highate Heart candy dish

The Highgate Heart collection has a number of pieces, including a votive, a vase, a platter, another cute dish, and a paperweight.  These charming hearts are handmade in Vermont, and feature a subtle texture and satisfying weight. Add some candy and you're set!

2. Staub Cast Iron 11" Crepe Pan

Specialty cookware is a great avenue for gifts, and this crepe pan from French brand Staub, is a beauty. It has a traditional French cast iron construction and a gently textured surface for exceptional browning. Oven and dishwasher safe, Includes spatula and spreader. 

3. iittala Kastehelmi Dewdrop Cake Stand

Whether arranging hors d'oeuvres, bon bons, or a beautiful bundt, this cake stand takes the cake for us. Droplets of glass in concentric rings form a stunning pattern on this platter. (That said, we also really like this classic scalloped porcelain number from Pillivuyt)

4. Alessi Cha Kettle/Teapot

The sleek teardrop shape of Alessi's newest kettle/teapot immediately won us over, and we think your Valentine would love it, too. This is a kettle/teapot hybrid, designed to be an excellent exemplar of both categories. A beautiful objet.

5. Brahms Mount Ombre Wool Throw Blanket

Brahms Mount has many beautiful styles of blankets, but one that strikes us as especially luxurious (and super soft), is the ombre wool, woven from a wonderfully fine micron wool and available in several shades. This light enough to double as a shawl and the quality of the wool assures that it will keep your Valentine cozy and warm. 

6. Match Pewter Fluted Pitcher

The elegantly scalloped fluting on this pitcher is like nothing we've ever seen. A piece with an overabundance of traditional elegance, this luminous pewter pitcher from Match Pewter, handcrafted in Italy, is a beautiful centerpiece. It seems a shame not to put roses in this. 48 oz. 

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.

Didriks Holiday Tablescape

We had a holiday fair event at our Newton Lower Falls location (go check it out if you haven't been yet!) and local designers created gorgeous displays as part of the event decor. This is the fourth in a series of posts featuring these beautifully styled spaces, each was too detailed for only a few photos to do them justice. 

Royal Copenhagen White Fluted Plain tableware, Match Pewter accents

Royal Copenhagen White Fluted Plain tableware, Match Pewter accents

I teamed up with stylist Kara Butterfield (we met through her work with Boston Magazine) to create a lush, elegant holiday display. We both like a design that combines simplicity and detail. Here the clean white of the Royal Copenhagen White Fluted Plain tableware allows the traditional silhouettes and luminous gleam of pewter to shine. Individual butter domes framed on pewter bread and butter plates and a full place setting add an overabundance of luxury to this table, to say nothing of sculpted lines of the tiered pewter candelabras.

Match Pewter Violetta flatware, rug provided and selected by Gregorian Oriental Rugs

Match Pewter Violetta flatware, rug provided and selected by Gregorian Oriental Rugs

The muted blue of the rug selected here ties in beautifully with the soft gray of the tablerunners, multiple parallel tablerunners adding a distinctly European elegance.

Match Pewter condiment holder, candle snuffer

Match Pewter condiment holder, candle snuffer

Match Pewter footed salt cellar, Libeco Home Napoli Vintage tablerunner in Fog

Match Pewter footed salt cellar, Libeco Home Napoli Vintage tablerunner in Fog

Schott Zwiesel Cru Classic Glassware

Schott Zwiesel Cru Classic Glassware

Simon Pearce Vermont Evergreen

Simon Pearce Vermont Evergreen

Pewter accessories were interspersed with glass holiday accents from Simon Pearce, their well-known Vermont Evergreen trees dotted the tabletop, and suspended above the table were several of their delicate holiday ornaments.

Match Pewter butter dome

Match Pewter butter dome

Traditional ornate rug from Gregorian Oriental Rugs

Traditional ornate rug from Gregorian Oriental Rugs

The restrained color palette of this table, glass, pewter, white, gray, allowed the variegated textures to shine. It also brought forward the muted shades in the absolutely beautiful rug.

-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.

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