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Coffee lovers will find reason to exult this fall in a trio of new coffee services. The most elegant, Christofle's Gigogne, comes in a limited edition of just 50 sets, handcrafted after a 1926 Art Deco design by Christian Fjerdingstad ($7,200). Available at Christofle pavilions worldwide (877-728-4556), the set plays on the idea of layers, stacking a sugar bowl and creamer atop a coffeepot. The pot is in Christofle's famed silver and has whimsical round wooden handles.

More playful still, Illy Caffè's limited-edition espresso and cappuccino cups feature artist Jeff Koons' brightly colored animals. A hippo, donkey, bear, sheep, walrus, or elephant graces each cup and saucer. The 3,000 espresso sets and 1,500 cappuccino sets are sold at Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale's, and are also available through the company Web site, (A set of six espresso cups and saucers is $129; four cappuccino cups and saucers, $149. Each set comes with a can of illy espresso.)

Danish product design firm Skagen inaugurates its new home-design line with an Irish-coffee set ($100), which includes glasses, porcelain cups in sleek, mirror-polished stainless-steel holders, elegant little straw-spoons, and generously sized coasters. The set sells on the Web site


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