Housed in a two-story townhouse near Dupont Circle, Tabletop is one of my favorite spots for modern home accents. Owners Tai Tsang and Daphne Olive stock minimalist ceramics, colorful bedding, contemporary coffee tables and benches, and retro-inspired coasters, placemats, and lamps. Although the merchandise changes often, repeat designers include Klein Reid, Asa Selection, Panek Tobin, and Milbo. Books, handbags, stationery, photo albums, umbrellas, and other accessories—including a sterling-silver jewelry line by Olive—round out the collection.
To make room for spring and summer merchandise, Tabletop is having a big sale—a walk-through yesterday afternoon revealed that about a third of the store’s products are 30 to 50 percent off. Although not on sale, the Vessel Squat Benches (shown at left, $175) caught my eye. Alone, they can be used as coffee tables or benches; stacked, they make shelves. Neat idea. And just one of Tabletop’s many creative, useful items.