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2012 Buy Local Towel

It’s 2012. You’re in the kitchen, cooking up a storm, hands a mess, when suddenly you wonder what day your friend/loved one’s birthday falls on… what to do?! Ah, if only you had this tea towel, you could dry your hands and check out the calendar, all while having a strong feeling that you should go to your local farmers market at the next possible opportunity.


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Price: $20.00
Available from: terrain

Ribbon Tea-Kin

Have you heard of a ‘tea-kin’ or ‘teakin’? It’s sized between a napkin and tea towel, so you can use them for small spills in the kitchen or big mouths at the table. This ribbon design is especially eye-catching, as is the Antler (shown below) and both are also available in a cushion cover.

Shown above: Ribbon Tea-Kin, $36.00

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Price: $36.00
Available from: sang the bird

Miller Bamboo Board

If you’ve spent any time in the kitchen chopping up ingredients you know how handy this cutting board would be with its inset bowl. You can remove the bowl for safe transport to the pan, or, alternatively, use the bowl for dips and sauces when you’ve laid out a vegetable spread. Now on sale for $35 from Furni.

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Price: $35.00
Available from: Furni

Formal Collar Apron

These aprons are one of those things that are both wonderful and extremely silly looking, at least at first. They’re designed in the style of a formal/business suit, perfect for those of us “who consider cooking a serious business as much as an affair of art.” From Aiste Nesterovaite,


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Price: €65.00
Available from: Wannekes

Paus Breadboard

Time for an update: this breadboard has long been a favorite, not because I spend much time in the kitchen, but because it’s just so simple and lovely. There’s a lift-out perforated top so you can catch all the crumbs and dispose of them easily. Gift note: while this might not be a jump-out-of-your-seat kind of present, it certainly is a thoughtful and well crafted item.

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No longer available.

‘A Guide To Pairing Red Wine with Food’ Tea Towel

If you’ve looked up what wine goes with what food, only to find that there’s a ton of sites to sift through, hold up your hand. Now, use that same hand to add this tea towel to your wishlist, because it’s a heck of a lot handier to check a tea towel when you’re in the middle of preparing dinner than finding a sommelier online that knows what they’re talking about*. Available in red and white wine versions, each covering 68 popular wines and 56 different food entries.

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Price: £10.00
Available from: Stuart Gardiner Shop

Les Squelettes Tea Towel

Non-creepy skeletons cover this tea towel from Bon Matin. More educational in nature than Halloween-themed, you’ll have to have a go at guessing them all, and if you come up short, there’s a cutline at the bottom. There’s also a Les Squelettes print with the same imagery (yet in fluorescent green and magenta for a 3D effect) for $39.

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Price: $18.00
Available from: Bon Matin

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Kaikado Canisters

For any tea or coffee purist, you’ll know that a good canister is a must in order to keep your key ingredient fresh. These hand made canisters are from Kaikado, a family in Kyoto that has kept the technique alive since 1875. It takes more than 130 processes to complete one single canister. Available in Copper, Brass, or Tin. See below for more pictures and sizes.

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Price: $140.00

Epicurean Modular Cutting Board

Nice. This commercial-quality two-piece cutting board brings modularity to the kitchen. One side of each panel is smooth, so when used together you have one large flat prep area. On the other side of one panel there’s a bread surface and a juice groove on the other, so you’re pretty much covered for any cutting surface. Used alone or together, you can configure the boards to suit your preparation needs. Available in Natural with a Slate core or Slate with a Natural core. (And, yes, it will fit in the dishwasher.)

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Price: $73.00
Available from: MODULE R

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″

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Price: $45.00
Available from: emmo home

Blackcreek Mercantile Cutting Boards

A cutting board is one tool that most of us would agree is absolutely necessary in the kitchen (unless you have wood countertops, maybe). Each board from Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co is hand made from a single piece of wood (so, there’s no glue seams). Prefinished with their cutting board oil, each board should last for generations if used often and cared for properly.


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Price: $100.00 and up
Available from: Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co

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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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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Price: $24.00
Available from: A+R Store

Hard Work Tea Towel

Here’s two more tea towels to add to your kitchen collection. ‘Hard Work’ and ‘T’ towel, both by Poulier & Poulier Design. If you like the bus blind look, there’s also a fair collection of tea towels based on Sydney’s classic tram destination roll (see below for two examples).


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Price: $29.95
Available from: make Designed Objects

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!

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