Trivets That Stand the Heat

Trivets That Stand the Heat

And look good on the table

By Michele Foley

A trivet mediates between that hot dish just out of the oven and the warpable wood (or peelable paint) of your dining table. The trivets we like best meld practicality, clever design, and beauty—you’ll leave them on the table long after the meal ends.

PROPELLER TRIVET, $18.06

The silicone rotors of Danish designer Jakob Wagner’s aerodynamic trivet fold together for easy storage. The product is dishwasher safe, comes in seven colors, and can withstand extreme temperatures (up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit).

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HAUTE SURFACE ZIGZAG SET, $19.99

You get to play artist with these interlocking strips, which can be configured into an endless array of designs. Each set comes with six light and six dark pieces, made from recycled cork.

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COASTER/TRIVET SET, $22

We like the simple design of this combo, which can also double as coasters. The interchangeable circles are made from ecocertified felt.

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COVO TRIVET, $30

Japanese designer Tomita Kazuhiko worked with the Italian design house Covo to create this sturdy iron trivet.

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NORMANN COPENHAGEN TRIVET, $30

The nylon triangles of Normann Copenhagen’s design flip out from the center, allowing different trivet (or coaster) shapes.

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BLOSSOM BRANCH TILES, $37 for the small, $96 for the large

These pretty ceramic tiles are hand-painted with blossom motifs. The crackle glazes add luster and protect the art from heat.

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FALLIN’ TRIVETS, $28.50 for a set of three

It’s autumn all year with this set from NotNeutral. The paint is baked onto the steel alloy, adding to the trivets’ durability.

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BLOMUS EXPANDING TRIVET, $39

This is like a sleeker version of those old-fashioned coat pegs. Made of stainless steel, it expands enough to hold a casserole dish.

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KUHN RIKON MAGNETIC TRIVETS, $52.15 for a set of two

Kuhn Rikon’s expandable magnetic trivets are perfect for pot-to-table meals. The “feet” of each trivet hold onto any steel or cast iron cookware, and the nonskid surface ensures stability.

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PERLE TRIVET, $59.95

Doesn’t your table deserve a pearl necklace? The flexible Perle trivet from Berlin design duo Adam und Harborth consists of a string of porcelain beads that can form circular or figure-eight shapes for pots to rest on.

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Michele Foley is an associate editor at CHOW.