The Ultimate Registry

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Unexpected gifts abound at Moss, another New York City store that has attracted design devotees from around the world. Popular registry items this summer included his-and-her Danish bicycles ($2,990), signed and numbered Philippe Starck gun-shaped lamps ($1,800), limited-edition Fish Designs Amazonia resin vases ($3,100), and Italian wine available by the bottle or the case through a partnership with wine merchant Vino. "One couple registered for two place settings of the Rosenthal "Magic Flute" pattern, with real 24-karat gold," remembers Nicole Breedlove, the registry specialist at Moss. At $1,500 per five-piece place setting, they didn't feel comfortable asking for 12, but didn't want to forgo it altogether, either. "I tell couples it can be for your romantic dinners or Sunday brunch. It's just for the two of you. It's intimate."

"This was an opportunity to get really special, specific items from one of my favorite stores," says Lisa Tarlow Thurnauer of Los Angeles, who registered at Moss for her summer wedding to her husband, Thomas. "I think the people buying the gifts felt more special, like they were choosing things that we loved as opposed to just napkins or whatever. I have this very small collection of owl figurines, and there was a Venini glass owl and a ceramic one by Jonathan Adler that I was able to register for and add to my collection."

For Norine Dworkin-McDaniel of Orlando and her husband, Stewart, their shared love of art glass was front of mind when they registered at Bloomingdale's in Las Vegas, where they lived at the time of their December 2004 wedding. "I wanted Frette linens and Stewart wanted a $2,000 espresso maker," admits Norine, "but we also agreed on registering for a lot of art glass and crystal." They requested several Kosta Boda glass vases and bowls, and a full set of Orrefors barware, including goblets, tumblers, martini glasses, double old-fashioneds, brandy snifters, decanters, and more. "Anybody looking at our registry could tell we were setting up for major, quality entertaining," she says.

Lindsey and Ben Gladstone created a registry at Barneys in Chicago that was influenced by the fact that they don't entertain formally. "We might have some friends over for wine or a barbecue," says Lindsey. "So we just wanted fun, versatile pieces." Jonathan Adler vases, a rosewood salad bowl and Pols Potten candlesticks did the trick. "We said, 'If we don't get them, we don't get them. But if we do, how cool,' " she says.

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