Kitchen Accessories

Trio Herb Pot

From our archives (originally published March 14, 2008), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

I can picture this quite clearly upon my kitchen windowsill.

“Scandinavian in its simple, unadorned and practical design, this ceramic pot is an ingenious way of enjoying fresh herbs much like flowers: Insert a bunch in the enlarged opening, and keep hydrated by pouring water into the corner hole. The broad base ensures that all those little stalks have access to water, while allowing air to circulate so herbs keep from becoming limp and waterlogged. Easy to take apart for cleaning.”

15.75″ l x 5″ w

Purchase Information:

Price: $52.00
Available from: A+R Store

Clyde Soap Dish/Brush

Yeah, soap dishes are boooring in a major way, usually way too boring to even bother with. But, if you’re one that always finds bars of soap disgusting because of the ‘watery mess’, take note of this dish/brush. Yes, it’s soap dish and a brush in one. The brush is a silicone tray with pitched bristles, so after you scrub up, turn it over and there’s a tidy nook for soap so that it stays put. Details make a difference.

Shown above, Red on Bone Soapdish.
Other colors available: Black, Black on Bone, Blue on Bone ,

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: kontextur.com

Cinnamon Bun Apron

Agh, something so terribly ‘cute’ about this apron, very Donna Wilson-esque with clouds and polkadots and such. 100% handmade and hand-screened with with soy-based ink in Los Angeles.

Also available at zakka nouveau : market.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: satsuki shibuya

Tea towel Error 3

This tea towel is infected by a ‘Design Virus’. Designed by Pieke Bergmans (of Crystal Virus fame) for the Textile Museum, her aim is to create “personalized mass production” where irregularities are included rather than discarded.

Tea towel Error 3 is shown above, and there’s a total of 6 Tea towel Errors in red or blue to choose from on Wannekes.com.

Purchase Information:

Price: €15.00
Available from: Wannekes.com

Turkey Target Tea Towel

The season’s festivities are upon us and with Thanksgiving just around the corner you might want to check out these tea towels. 100% natural eco cotton and 95% guaranteed to be the best host/hostess give ever. The reindeer one (below) is my favorite.

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Purchase Information:

Price: £7.00
Available from: Bless

Glove & Hate Oven Mitt

There are few things that genuinely delight and surprise me (being desensitized as I am to the many things I sort through each and every day), but funny enough, this oven mitt caught my attention in the best of ways. Whether you get it for yourself or just keep it in mind for a friend’s future housewarming gift, it’s sure to bring a smile and/or chuckle at each use.

Keep in mind that the image above is of one single Oven Mitt; it says ‘Love’ on the right hand side, ‘Hate’ on the reverse left hand side.

Purchase Information:

Price: £14.50
Available from: Magma Books

Compost Freezer Storage Bin

So, you’re all for the idea of composting, but the smell and occasional fruit flies annoy the hell out of you. What do you do? You get this freezer bin, that’s what. Designed by Fuccillo Studio, this silicone bin allows you to store your scraps in the freezer* and ‘pop’ them out at the compost heap.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $58.50
Available from: Compost Mania

Source: Inhabitat

Triangle Tea Towel

I’ve stated my love for tea towels before, and this triangle drawing has me itching to ‘add to cart’. Also, check out the Triangle Pillow ($45) with the same design on natural linen.

Original drawing of triangles in an indigo blue ink on 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton fabric.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: bookhou

A Tempo Dish Drainer

This and the High & Dry Dishrack can compete for the ‘coolest dishdrainer/rack’ title, though this one might lose since it’s a little higher price wise. It looks like the US Alessi shop is out of stock, but you can sign up to be notified when it’s back in.

Designed by Pauline Deltour.
18/10 stainless steel with cutlery drainer, £58.00
Tray in thermoplastic resin, £15.00

Purchase Information:

Price: £58.00
Available from: made in design

Brass Bottle Openers, Trivet

These cast brass openers and trivet might seem like something you’d pass over in a second, but consider how nice they’d be as a gift for a host/hostess or coworker or something. I’m just saying think about it; they’re functional objects that will stand the test of time without offending anyone’s design sensibilities.

Crescent bottle opener, $50.00 (2.5″dia.)
Brass bottle opener, $60.00 (5.5″l)
Sunburst Brass Trivet, $99.00, (7″dia.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: CHATCHADA

Mastrad Vegetable Keep Sacks

This is to news to me, but keeping vegetables like garlic, shallots, onions, and potatoes from light will delay sprouting and they will last longer. These cotton Vegetable Keep Sacks by Mastrad do just that while also providing a convenient means of storage and access. And of course, they look awesome. Comes in small, medium and large sizes, priced at $7.95, $8.95, and $9.95 respectively.

Small: 9″ L x 5.5″ W, holds 2 lbs
Medium: 10.25″ L x 6.5″ W, holds 4 lbs
Large: 14″ L x 8″ W, holds 8 lbs

Materials: Cotton and linen
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Purchase Information:

Price: $7.95
Availability: Buy Mastrad Vegetable Keep Sacks here

Apron Guides

Just how handy would this apron be in the kitchen? Numeric conversions, cooking times for vegetables, roasting times for birds, freezing instructions, defrosting times, a cooking glossary and more are all printed on the front, making useful information available right at your fingertips.

Available for preorder.
Design by John Caswell

More information:

View Apron Guides here

Source: Holycool

Elevate 6-Piece Utensil Set

We featured these Elevate Kitchen Tools earlier this year, but they’re now available stateside and in a multi-color kit, so they might be a tad more tempting. If you’re not familiar with the Elevate collection, the weighted handles keep utensil heads from touching worktop surfaces.

by Joseph Joseph

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: Uma

Boomerang Wok

If you love stir-frying your food, check out this Boomerang Wok by Nikolai Carels. The unique cupped edge allows for you to turn/stir your ingredients with a simple movement while reducing possible mess. Smart, right? Now we just need some product reviews to confirm it works well.

Designed by Nikolai Carels
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Purchase Information:

Price: €79.00
Availability: Buy Boomerang Wok here

Lines and Squares Dishcloth

Just in case you need a little scholastic inspiration in the kitchen… fyi, this retail site is in german, but you can go to google translate for guidance when purchasing.

Design: I Saw It First
100% cotton.
48 x H 76 cm

Purchase Information:

Price: �12,00
Availability: Buy Lines and Squares Dishcloth here

Source: the girl in the green dress