These finds prove your everyday flatware need not be flat (as in oh-so-humdrum)

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<b>Olive wood </b>: It's a bit like bringing a piece of the Provence countryside to your kitchen table. Each piece's olive wood handle bears its own swirls and wood grain signature, while stainless steel gets the job done on the other end. This Dubost <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO000002" title="France" href="/topic/international/france-PLGEO000002.topic">French</a> olive wood flatware comes from the mountain village of Viscomtat, in France, where four generations of the Dubost family have been crafting cutlery and flatware since 1920. Dishwasher safe. <em style="font-style: normal; font-weight: bold"> Cost: </em>$199.95, 20-piece set; <a href="http://surlatable.com">surlatable.com</a><br>
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<b>Twig </b>: Being a tad woodsy, we couldn't help but swoon over these woodland-inspired spoons, forks and knives from eco-friendly VivaTerra. The handles are cast from real twigs, while the working ends are hard-core stainless steel. Adds a little earthiness to your eats. Dishwasher safe, both ends. <em style="font-style: normal; font-weight: bold"> Cost:</em> $58, 5-piece place setting; <a href="http://vivaterra.com">vivaterra.com</a><br>
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<b>Horn </b>: (Above) It's the earthy smokiness of the horn  --  each piece a variation in shade and pattern  --  that makes this flatware rise above the everyday, although it's made to be just that: a day-in-and-day-out dining workhorse. Just happens to be beautiful, as  skilled artisans shape and polish the horn of each piece. Hand wash. <em style="font-style: normal; font-weight: bold"> Cost: </em>$45<em style="font-style: normal; font-weight: bold">, </em>5-piece place setting<em style="font-style: normal; font-weight: bold"> </em>; <a href="http://potterybarn.com">potterybarn.com</a><br>
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<b>Cobalt Cafe </b>: There's something cheery about this forged-stainless-steel flatware with the cobalt resin handles. It's just a touch of color to wake up your table, breakfast, lunch or dinner. There's nothing stuffy about it. And we like that. Dishwasher safe; it's for everyday use, after all. Comes in black or all-stainless too. <em style="font-style: normal; font-weight: bold"> Cost: </em>$59, 20-piece set<em style="font-style: normal; font-weight: bold"> </em>; <a href="http://williams-sonoma.com">williams-sonoma.com</a><br>
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<b>New Cottage </b>: This is hardly the cutlery you'd have imagined the three bears testing back in Goldilocks' cottage. Rather, this is the sublime interpretation of cottage, brought to us by Villeroy & Boch, the European makers of elegant tableware since 1748. We love the curve, the heft ... well, everything about it. It's sure to make a feast of any ol' bowl of porridge. Made of forged stainless steel. Dishwasher safe. <em style="font-style: normal; font-weight: bold"> Cost: </em>$79, 5-piece place setting<em style="font-style: normal; font-weight: bold"> </em>; <a href="http://villeroy-boch.com">villeroy-boch.com</a><br>
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<i>Note: Prices may vary</i><br>
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--Barbara Mahany, bmahany@tribune.com



Olive wood : It's a bit like bringing a piece of the Provence countryside to your kitchen table. Each piece's olive wood handle bears its own swirls and wood grain signature, while stainless steel gets the job done on the other end. This Dubost French olive wood flatware comes from the mountain village of Viscomtat, in France, where four generations of the Dubost family have been crafting cutlery and flatware since 1920. Dishwasher safe. Cost: $199.95, 20-piece set; surlatable.com

Twig : Being a tad woodsy, we couldn't help but swoon over these woodland-inspired spoons, forks and knives from eco-friendly VivaTerra. The handles are cast from real twigs, while the working ends are hard-core stainless steel. Adds a little earthiness to your eats. Dishwasher safe, both ends. Cost: $58, 5-piece place setting; vivaterra.com

Horn : (Above) It's the earthy smokiness of the horn -- each piece a variation in shade and pattern -- that makes this flatware rise above the everyday, although it's made to be just that: a day-in-and-day-out dining workhorse. Just happens to be beautiful, as skilled artisans shape and polish the horn of each piece. Hand wash. Cost: $45, 5-piece place setting ; potterybarn.com

Cobalt Cafe : There's something cheery about this forged-stainless-steel flatware with the cobalt resin handles. It's just a touch of color to wake up your table, breakfast, lunch or dinner. There's nothing stuffy about it. And we like that. Dishwasher safe; it's for everyday use, after all. Comes in black or all-stainless too. Cost: $59, 20-piece set ; williams-sonoma.com

New Cottage : This is hardly the cutlery you'd have imagined the three bears testing back in Goldilocks' cottage. Rather, this is the sublime interpretation of cottage, brought to us by Villeroy & Boch, the European makers of elegant tableware since 1748. We love the curve, the heft ... well, everything about it. It's sure to make a feast of any ol' bowl of porridge. Made of forged stainless steel. Dishwasher safe. Cost: $79, 5-piece place setting ; villeroy-boch.com

Note: Prices may vary

--Barbara Mahany, bmahany@tribune.com

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