Cooking Tools

Iittala Tools Pots and Pans

What do you do when you’re serious about beautiful product design and have some money to burn in the kitchen? You snap up the Tools collection by Iittala, that’s what. Each piece features oversized handles and is made of stainless steel and aluminium. Prices of each piece below.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $136.00 - 405.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Marble Mortar and Pestle

Most cooks leave mortar and pestles out on the countertop to avoid lugging them in and out of cabinets, and seeing as they’re out for everyone to see, they might as well be nice to look at. Marble, as some of you might know, is an excellent material for a mortar and pestle as it does not absorb odors from foods and provides a perfect grinding surface. Each varies slightly.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00 - 80.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Design Shop

Happy Fourth of July

Here’s hoping you enjoy Independence Day. Have fun and don’t forget the sunblock!

Shown above:
Chef’n Barbeque Sauce Mop, $12.80
Chef’n Barbeque Turner, $14.16
Chef’n Barbeque Tongs, $15.18
Chef’n Barbeque Branch Skewer, $16.89

Purchase Information:

Price: $46.99
Available from: Gilt

MINOTAKE Bamboo Collection

The pieces of the Minotake collection by Japanese furniture designer Koizumi Makoto and Kohchosai Kosuga are quite beautiful, so much so that it’s easy to forget that they’re simply eating and cooking utensils. Utilizing the “natural curvature, lightness and strength of bamboo”, the spoons and spatula are ergonomically friendly, which, sadly, is rare to find in today’s marketplace. While the smaller spoons don’t look exactly suitable for soup, they do look quite perfect for rice or risotto.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $13.00 - 18.00
Available from: Baum-Kuchen

Oma Lemon Squeezer by Tonfisk

I won’t bother with the what-is-this question, because you’ve most likely seen the title. Incredibly cute and, more importantly, smart, this little guy will eliminate the lemon-juice-on-the-hands situation that always seems inevitable. Also, the black version is on sale for $30 at greenergrassdesign, fyi.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $58.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

OXO 4 Piece Grilling Set

Start the grilling season off right with this 4 piece grilling set by OXO. The set includes a turner, tongs, silicone basting brush and hook- all made from stainless steel with wood handles. Plus, all 4 tools feature retractable hanging hooks that you can slide out of sight when not needed. Handy.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.99
Available from: OXO

Mix & Measure Bowl Set

Mix your ingredients with this bowl set and you’ll have no need for measuring cups. Made of melamine with a wide spout for pouring, these two bowls have a non-skid bottom and nest to save space in your cabinets. The larger bowl measures up to 90 oz. (or 2.5 ltr) while the smaller measures up to 34 oz. (1 ltr).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: Fitzsu

Funnel Friends

Add these ‘friends’ to your kitchen and be amazed at their various uses. Scooping, serving, funneling, filling, pouring, you name it, they’ll help you with it. The medium container has interior marks for measuring (each 1/4 C.) while the larger container doubles as a pitcher. The small works as an excellent funnel for transferring dry goods or liquids into smaller containers. And, of course, the three funnels nest to save space. So smart.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $41.00
Available from: Fitzsu

Beater Whisk

So smart. This whisk by Ding3000 can be folded together to save space in your kitchen drawer. A small ring serves as the opening and closing mechanism and can be used to hang the whisk as well. Looks like it would be easy to clean (it’s nylon), and, if that’s not enough for you, check out all the colors available: white, grey, light blue, nude, lavender, pink, mint and dark blue.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $18.00
Available from: gretelhome.com

Aroma Mortar and Pestle

Do you recognize a certain designer’s hand in the design of this mortar and pestle? Perhaps if you note the rounded forms… similar to the iconic Ball and Bubble Chair? Yep, it’s Eero Aarnio. Alessi has made the Aroma Mortar and Pestle in stoneware, with a notable thick body and a cylindrical pedestal. The Pestle features a round handle (= comfortable) and an oval pestle (which keeps it from rolling around on the counter) with a matte finish for more effective use.

Mortar with pestle in stoneware.
DIA 4″ H 4.25″

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: emmo home

Pie Kitchen Timer

I don’t know about you, but I certainly prefer a manual kitchen timer to a digital one. There’s something nice about the visual aspect of time that makes sense to me, and that’s why this timer stands out. The top half twists to the required amount of minutes/seconds with a classic bell alarm when time is up. Plus, there’s no batteries needed.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $14.00
Available from: A+R Store

Normann Copenhagen’s Whisk

No, it’s not one of those head massager thingamajigs, it’s a whisk. Design duo LucidiPevere upgraded the materials to durable bamboo and plastic, and the result is most certainly lovelier (if a whisk can be lovely) than the metal version in most of our kitchens. Other colors below.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Available from: A+R Store

Vermont Rolling Pins

Rolling pins aren’t the sort of thing to demand admiration, but in the case of these beauties, I’d say otherwise.

From left to right:
The Shaker, $75.00-$94.00
The Flame, $64.00-$80.00
The Monster, $75.00-$94.00
The Modern, $64.00-$80.00
The Column, $45.00-$56.00
The Beehive, $64.00-$80.00
The French Rolling Pin, $45.00-$56.00

Thanks Cyndi for the link!

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00 and up
Available from: Vermont Rolling Pins

Link by Studio Dreimann

So smart! This little silicone thingy transforms your cutlery into a a pair of tongs or salad servers. It can also act as training wheels for chopsticks, but that would look pretty silly in a restaurant so only do that at home.

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Purchase Information:

Price: £9.90
Available from: Theo

Norm Architects Cookware Set

This 9 piece stackable cookware set by designers Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Rønn is smart. It’s a combination of their 4-piece Carving and Serving Set with the 3-piece Cool Bowl Set, and, as you can imagine, there’s all sorts of combinations to fit your needs. Chill foods, warm foods, or use each piece separately, no matter what you choose to do, you’ll have the right cookware to do it. And, it all stacks neatly away when you’re done.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $249.90
Available from: MODULE R