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Seven Items Under $100 That Celebrate Form and Function

Gorgeous, inexpensive objects that perform dual roles.

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Well-designed pieces don’t have to come with high price points. After all, what makes a great object is its ability to draw attention and spark conversation, not how much you paid for it. This is particularly true when it comes to home goods. A functional, stimulating coffee maker can do double duty as a utility and a piece of decor without breaking the bank. For added proof, check out these eye-catching, totally functional picks below.

Georg Jensen Elephant Bottle Opener

Though small in stature, this design is elephant-size in style. It will surely get you through a trunk-load of chilled glass bottles come summer. $33 at Amazon.

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Alessi Pulcina Stove Top Espresso Coffee Maker

It’s easy to stack up on caffeine throughout the work days—something fully visualized in this arresting espresso maker. $90 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Seletti Tea and Coffee Mug Set

Now that you have your hot brew, fill it up in a cup worthy of your attention and the vital java in it. $42 at Yoox.

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Kaleido Tray

When a serving tray looks this rosy, there is no need to tuck it away. Indeed, anything designed by Clara von Zweigbergk for HAY should be left out for public viewing. $40 at Design Within Reach.

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Iittala Ultima Thule Candelabrum

Tapio Wirkkala was a jack-of-all-trades: a designer of jewelry, home objects, and beyond. This item captures that ethos. It may be intended for candles, but it can also carry any number of knick-knacks, or just serve as a great accent for your home. $35 at Yoox.

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Gucci Fumus Incense Sticks

Under the helm of Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s runway presentations are a visual feast of sequins and brocades. The brand’s home collection takes that sensory experience a step further with these aromatic incense incense sticks. $76 at Matches Fashion.

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Snowe Cheese Knives

For most gourmands, cheese is the gold standard of living a happy life—along with having set of quality cheese knives, of course. $75 at Snowe.

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