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Kitchen Accessories

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

Polygons Flat 4-in-1 Measuring Spoon

Polygons is an origami-like measuring spoon that lays completely flat; how you pick it up determines which spoon size you’ll get. Pretty smart, right? Premarked areas show you where to grasp to get the right measurement, making it easy to switch between volumes while cooking or baking. Use the Polygons to scoop and spread, and know that clean up is quick and unfussy. Now, who wants one of these for their kitchen? Back the project over at Kickstarter.
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Price: $12.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Maple Raised Chopping Block

Short on counter space? The Maple Raised Chopping Block is just for you, as it creates space underneath for placing knives or other accoutrements. Quality craftsmanship takes it straight to the table for food presentation, as the sliding dovetail joints are cut with such precision that no glue is required. It’s equally suited for camping, as the legs keep the board off the ground and the surface is long grain (instead of the usual end grain) to keep the board light and packable.
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Price: $148.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

Nest Mortar and Pestle

Uh-oh, if you like the Nest Mortar and Pestle from Pat Kim, you’d better snap one up right this very second, because there’s only four available. The mortar actually houses the pestle in its base, keeping it tucked away until use. Inspired by woodpecker nesting holes, it’s a smart solution for compact storage.
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Price: $50.00
Available from: Pat Kim Design

Japanese Porcelain Stacking Tools

My goodness, this stacking set packs quite the punch in tools. A mortar with pestle, a ginger/garlic/zest grater, a citrus juicer, and a storage canister (that also acts as a ladle holder) all stack together for a unified system. So, don’t go running back to the kitchen to get whatever tool you need, bring the whole thing to the table for an impressive display of dinner prep right in front of your guests and/or family. They’ll be awed by your efficiency and skills (let’s hope for the best case scenario).
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Price: $129.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

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: $165.00
Available from: Herriott Grace

Chopping Blocks

Nice! These solid American Ash chopping boards are made from off-cuts. That means every circle, octagon, or square board you buy, you’re reducing the amount of wood that ends up in a landfill. Each block has a rope handle for convenient hanging for storage (or for swinging it around your head when you want to look crazy or dangerous).
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Price: $65.00
Available from: Douglas and Bec

Abeego Food Wraps

You recycle everything, you minimize car travel, you try very hard to buy local foods, so why the hell are you still using plastic bags for food storage? Maybe you could take one tiny extra step and get some reusable food storage wraps.

The Abeego material is a hemp and cotton fabric infused with a blend of beeswax, tree resin and jojoba oil that keeps food fresh. What? Huh? How? Keep your pants on, and listen. When at room temperature, the cloth is slightly adhesive and malleable, and when it’s cool, it stiffens and holds the form you create. The natural coating is fluid and air resistant, and you just hand-wash in cold water to clean. There are a couple of drawbacks, though: no dishwasher or microwave use, and you might be accused of being a hippie. Maybe.
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Price: $15.00-18.00
Available from: ABEEGO

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