a little confession...
i am obsessed with good design.
i want things to work (all the time... perfectly)
i will search high and low for the "perfect" solution.
because when something doesn't work
it bugs me.
IT BUGS ME!!!
so my latest (7 year) obsession has been the coaster.
my first set were of the marble variety
and they were beautiful.
i loved them because they had cool graphics on them...
butterflies, cigar labels, old poster graphics. they were porous,
cork bottomed to protect my table... perfect in every way.
UNTIL i put a big iced beverage (in a glass) on one and left it for
a bit, and when i went to pick it up, up came the
beverage WITH the coaster attached! it fell of course
and hit my bare foot. (i decided they needed to go
because i didn't always want to wear shoes when i used
my coasters)... so the search continued.
my next adventure were these...
the eames chair coasters. AGAIN, cool looking.
lovely silk screens on a plastic base that floated a bit
above the table (by rubber nubbins). i liked this because they
sort of blended in to the table.
PROBLEMS... size too small, if you put your cup down wrong it would tip
over and spill (big problem for anything that relates to a beverage. plus...
it was too small in size. big cups simply didn't fit. it was a sad day when
they went off to the thrift store
the next round were a gift, and i was SO HAPPY to receive them.
they were so up my alley (birds). lovely illustrations on metal,
round. cork bottomed, but too small (again). my coffee cups wouldn't
fit, so they only got used half the time. plus they would stick to the bottom
of a glass from time to time, which is so annoying when you want to have
a sip of your delicious beverage.
but then... i FOUND THE ANSWER!!! (7 years later)
felt planet on etsy is the answer to my search for the perfect coaster!!!
(THANK YOU, FELT PLANET)
they are 5 inches across (so they can handle
my big old coffee cups), and are wide enough to not have
the tippy problem. they are made of felt
so they suck up the moisture and protect my table.
they DO NOT stick to my moist cups, and they are so
if you need coaster THESE are the answer (i have done
all the research for you).
*i think i could work for consumer reports (for real)