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Ding Enameled Cast Iron Casserole with Stand

I know next to nothing about cooking, but I sure know a handsome casserole dish when I see one. Made from cast iron (which is very efficient at retaining heat), the dish has a flat base that sits easily on an oven rack or stovetop with a separate stand (and non-slip silicone pads) to raise the dish for tabletop serving. Those of you familiar with the the ancient Chinese tradition of “Ding” will notice that this piece shares some similarities in shape; think of it as a modern update to some of the world’s oldest cookware.
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Price: $240.00
Available from: Gessato

Be Nice Tea Towel x David Shrigley

It’d be awfully tempting to stuff this tea towel into the mouth of a loud, mean person. Would we get punched in the face? Probably. But, it might shut them up, at least temporarily. And, it’d be hard to be mean when holding a tea towel with a pretty rainbow and the words ‘BE NICE’, wouldn’t it? So, maybe they’d change, as if by magic. After removing it from their mouths, of course.
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Price: $36.00
Available from: Third Drawer Down

Zig Zag Cutting Board Set

The Zig Zag Cutting Board Set does double duty; use the flat side as a cutting board or flip it around to use the zig zag side as a trivet or serving board. Plus, they’ll stack and store neatly away when not in use. Both pieces are finished with a food safe, homemade all-natural mix of beeswax and oil (a small tin of the wood balm is included). Nice, huh?
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Price: $110.00
Available from: Pat Kim Design

Porcelain Spear Mortar & Pestle

Mortar and pestles are sculptural kitchen necessities, so they’re often found out on the countertop. Now, this particular Porcelain Spear Mortar & Pestle would be an absolute shame to hide away, because it’s plainly beautiful. It’s a functional object, to be sure, yet its elegant curves add just a hint of decoration. The white unglazed porcelain is effective for grinding spices and won’t get in the way of your minimalist tendencies.
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Price: $146.00
Available from: Herriott Grace

ButcherBlock by HollerDesign

These end grain ButcherBlocks are very durable; the design allows you to cut in between the fibers of the wood instead of across them like most cutting boards. This makes for easy maintenance and a very long lifetime, which are two important features for any cutting board over the $100 mark.
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Price: $150.00
Available from: HollerDesign

Canot Cutting Boards

A lovely cutting board, is it not? And it’s got an accompanying Canot Kitchen Brush especially suited to “scrape, scrub, clean and cut” those fruits and vegetables that are oh-so-good for that body of yours. Maybe with both the cutting board and brush you’ll be more inclined to fit those fruits and veggies into your daily meal planning. It’s worth a shot.
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Price: $66.00 - 75.00
Available from: Merchant No. 4

Turn Around Juicer

If you don’t mind using a little old fashioned elbow grease to produce your morning orange juice, then you’ll want to consider the simplicity of this wooden juicer from KiBiSi and Muuto. The Turn Around Juicer stands on its own and fits the palm nicely. Shall I point out that this won’t need any updating as years come and go, unlike other electrical juicers? Plus, the juice will taste all the more sweeter knowing you made it yourself (and burned some calories whilst doing so).
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Price: $40.00
Available from: DanishDesignStore

Sambonet Terra.Cotto Cookware

Colorful cookware? Sure, why not? Sambonet’s Terra.Cotto Piral designs are “recognized as the highest quality terracotta cookware in the world able to withstand temperatures ranging from 250° C to 280°C in an oven or a microwave.” The materials are eco-friendly, so they’re a smart and easy addition to your collection of saucepans and pots.
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Price: $99.95 - $385.95
Available from: Sambonet Shop

Porter Paper Towel Holder

If you saw this sitting on a kitchen counter, would you immediately know what it was? Probably not, especially if it wasn’t wearing the item it was designed to hold. Yep, it’s a paper towel holder, quite possibly the only one that doesn’t offend a design snob. The top of the rod bends to lock in the paper towel roll; the bent top also functions as a handle.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Dry Goods Vessel

If you are quite particular about storage containers, you may just want to snag a couple of these Dry Goods Vessels from Fort Standard. They feature large cork stoppers with turned hardwood handles, so your dry goods in the kitchen will stay appropriately dry. Choose between short, medium, or tall toppers, or get a full set (one of each) and receive 10% off.
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Price: $88.00
Available from: Fort Standard

Magnetic Wood Knife Block

This pie-shaped wooden block holds knives in place on both of its sides, so you can line up your whole collection within easy reach. Note that you could place it against your backsplash to save room or even use it as a bookend for your cookbooks. So, now to decide, do you prefer Acacia wood or walnut?
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Price: $125.00
Available from: Food52

Maple Wood Utensil Set

Did you know that the closed grain of maple wood will not absorb any flavors or bacteria? That makes it an excellent material for cooking utensils in the kitchen, and looky here, here’s a set that includes a spatula, spoon, straining spoon, and tongs- what more do you need? Each piece in this set is hand carved from a block of locally-sourced wood in an Indiana workshop.
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Price: $49.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Mod Tea Towels by Mae Engelgeer

Do you like your tea towels modern? If so, turn your eyes towards Mae Engelgeer’s collection with their graphic lines and subtle gradients. Maybe one is all you need, or maybe get a few so that you’ll always have one on hand (to use and display, of course).
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Price: $39.00
Available from: The Minimalist

Hex Three Piece Baking Dish Set

See this Hex Baking Dish Set? Your Thanksgiving spread would look a hell of a lot cooler with a few dishes baked in these babies. Best of all, they slide and stack together for various serving and storage arrangements, so you can play around with how you present different meals. Neat.
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Price: $260.00
Available from: Finell

BOB Multi-Opener

There’s no need to feel like a weakling every time you are faced with a difficult twist cap or vacuum lid. Simply use the BOB Multi-Opener to quickly open all sorts of cans and jars. Pull-tabs, crown caps, and beverage cans will be no match for your strongest muscle (your brain) when you’ve got this tool in hand.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: MoMA Store