I ran across the Perle Table Mat the other day and I'm really not sure what I think of it. It's designed to function much like a trivet/hot plate by keeping hot dishes away from the surface. The creative part is that the strand of "pearls" can be formed into several different configurations (circle, large oval, double circle) in order to accommodate for small, large or multiple serving dishes. On one hand it's very Claes Oldenburg, but on the other it looks like the pot is sitting on top of a bunch of boiled eggs - I can't tell if I like it, or want to smash it. Also, it looks like it would take up a bunch of storage space when not being used. So what do you guys think? Love it or hate it?
Source: Apartment Therapy SF