If you haven’t played Pac-Man as a kid, did you even have a childhood? Inspired by the famous game, Ghosters are lovely coasters that bring form and function together. It is for all the adults who want to keep a part of their childhood right on their office desk or on their coffee table at home. You can choose from the 5-piece colorful acrylic set or a classy solid hardwood option.
For the love of superheroes you really do need to jazz up those coasters. These superhero inspired comic coasters make quite a useful set. Comics coasters are made of 3/16 inch thick stainless steel and fashioned after logos and symbols of comic book characters. They have quite a collection so you can take your pick. Available at Etsy shop ApocalypseFab.
Coasters generally don’t have much of a spotlight on them. They just do their job, quietly. If they are custom made, they might get a few words on their subject, but that would be it. Philips Lumiware color changing coasters though, seem to be quiet assertive of their identity. These coasters produce a constant stream of light that shows up in drinks to an intriguing effect. LEDs in the coaster last for up to 10 hours before running out and can be recharged via an induction device. Costs $50.
Coasters are good, but they only serve a purpose as long as people are careful enough to bother about placing their glasses at the exact spot. Of course, that rarely happens so it would be much wiser to have coasters that stay on with glasses. Stay on Coasters easily get along with wine glasses, making the upkeep that much easier.
Space Invaders have been on our planet for decades now, but all they do is show up on merchandise, or as toasters, or as couches, and now, as coasters. I guess they are a friendly and useful kind of aliens, the “invaders” part has to be a misnomer. But then probably invasions don’t go so well if you’re 8-bit. Cost $60 for a set of six.
Adding more class and cleanliness to tea is what teabag costers are about. The concept created by Yuree S Lim and Jleun Yang utilizes a partially compressed paper with embossed graphics. Once you have steeped your tea, you could put the the teabag over the coaster, thus preventing the hassles teabags may throw your way, and getting a better look at interesting patterns. The concept does look cool and artistic the way it is presented, but its most appealing part, that of the embossed art is unlikely to work as planned, simply because teabags and water aren’t much for symmetry, and the drippy coaster isn’t really a good replacement.