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Kitchen Accessories

Hafele’s “Fineline” Drawer Organizers

Have you ever walked into a kitchen showroom like Bulthaup or Poggenpohl? If you have, you’re familiar with their customized drawer organizational systems, and you may have even (metaphorically) drooled over the sleek lines of perfect boxes in which to place your utensils, spices, plates, and pans. Dropping $60k to $80k for kitchen cabinets is unfortunately much more than many of us can afford, and, sadly, we say goodbye to such lovely drawer interiors, thinking they are beyond our budgets.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00 - 160.00
Available from: kitchensource.com

What is it?

Hmm, what in the world could this small, ramp-like item be? It’s made from natural cork and is about the size of a medium sized notepad (for lack of a better comparison). Any guesses? Pay attention to the incline, ribbing, and bumper at the end… would you be able to store, say, longer, flat things on it somehow?
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Price: $42.50
Available from: Molecule Design

Two-Sided Colander

This Two-sided Colander makes a lot of sense; drain your fruit/greens/pasta on one side, and tip it to the other for serving or to rest alongside your other ingredients. The colander is maade out of durable melamine and designed by Ole Jensen.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Normann Copenhagen Silicone Nutcracker

Get ready to crack some nuts with the Normann Copenhagen Silicone Nutcracker. Silicone ensures a soft, comfortable grip so that almost anyone can use it, young or old. The silicone bounces back into its original shape after the nut has been cracked and that means more nuts cracked with less faffing about.
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Price: $53.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Pivo

Quick, what is the item above? I bet you have some good guesses: a fancy torture device, a cocktail muddler, a writing implement… but all of those are not the case. It’s a bottle opener, a “rotationally symmetrical bottle opener cut from solid brass” to be exact. Nice, right? Designed by Luke Smith-Wightman and available at FAO Shop in the UK.
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Price: £28.50
Available from: FAO Shop

Eero Aarnio Citrus Squeezer

Did you know Eero Aarnio designed this citrus squeezer? Do you care? You should, because you never know when a brightly colored lemon squeezer will come in handy, and you’re not the type to just buy any ol’ squeezer. Also, just for fun, let’s play a quick game. Which of these three chairs did Eero Aarnio design?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $47.00
Available from: Hive

iSpoon Kitchen Stylus

It’s nearing stocking-stuffer time, and for $8, you can stuff your favorite cook’s stocking with this beech wood spoon with a handy silicone stylus end. If they use a tablet in the kitchen for following recipes, they’ll appreciate the combination, no doubt about it.
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Price: $5.96
Available from: CB2

Artek Apron, Mitt, Trivet, Tray

Why are aprons a good gift idea? Beats me, as I’m not fond of the kitchen, but I can guess they protect clothing and also are a little fun in the apparel arena, as no pattern is too big or crazy within the confines of your own home. Now, these patterns by Alvar and Elissa Aalto are not too big or crazy, and you could easily appropriate it for items of clothing worn outside the home (there’s an Artek Tote, after all), but for now you have the option of adding an Apron, Oven Mitt, Trivet or Tray to your kitchen for a little bit of pattern play on very useful items.
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Price: $24.00 - 55.00
Available from: Plastica

Tilkkutäkki Oven Mitt, Pot Holder, and Apron

Any amateur chef needs functional cooking accessories, and the Tilkkutäkki pieces from designer Maija Louekari will offer suitable heat protection along with a jolt of bold color. Maybe the Oven Mitt and/or Pot Holder is plenty enough pattern for you to handle, or, only if you’re truly brave, get the Tilkkutäkki Waist Apron (shown below) to match and have a crazy rainbow kaleidoscope each time you cook up a storm in the kitchen.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Tahir Mahmood’s Mortar & Pestle collection

Ah-ha! Now you know what to get your favorite cook: a mortar & pestle that’s a work of art unto itself. Made of Dalbergia Sissoo wood, each mortar & pestle by Tahir Mahmood is hand shaped using the lathe turning technique. Once formed, each piece is coated with vibrant colors created with a sap-based resin. The collection was inspired by the Punjabi agricultural calendar, and I’d reckon that you’ll have a hard time picking your favorite amongst the eleven designs.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00 - 160.00
Available from: Caviar 20

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here’s hoping to a happy Thanksgiving for everyone… fingers crossed that it’ll be a safe day full of friends, family and/or stuffing ourselves silly. Posts will return as usual on Monday.

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Genius: oven mitts attached to your apron. Oven Mitt Apron, $28.00, available from UncommonGoods.

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Price: $22.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Bento Cut & Prep Set

Are you too busy during the week for a home cooked meal? Here’s a good option for prepping your feast beforehand: this Bento Cut & Prep Set has a bamboo cutting board that doubles as a lid and a set of of 5 measuring cups nesting inside. Cut and measure out all your ingredients the day or two before your meal and know that you’ll be ready to roll when dinnertime comes around.

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Price: $30.00
Available from: Umbra

Complete Carving Set

Vegans, ignore this post. Just skip on down to the next one. Now, omnivores, it’s not even Halloween and here we are talking about Thanksgiving. What gives? Well, it’s better to be prepared and get what you need when it’s in stock than wait until the last minute when it’s all gone. As a case in point, this Complete Carving Set by Joseph Joseph was in stock when I bookmarked it last week, and now it’s not.

However, you can purchase the non-slip, multi-function chopping board (a.k.a. Cut&Carve™ Plus, $18) and the 8” carving knife and a 7.5” carving fork which join neatly together with magnets and store safely inside a protective sheath (a.k.a. Duo™ Carve, $30) separately, or put your name on the waiting list for when the set is back in stock.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: Joseph Joseph

Clip Clip by HAY

It’s always smart to have a clip or two on hand. Why? Maybe to keep your shirt closed after pretending to be the Incredible Hulk, or maybe to keep your nose from smelling your coworker (those strong, semi-jagged teeth on the clip’s edge will keep your nostrils shut tight, even when you move around the office! or break into a dance!). Or, maybe, and I know this is crazy, you can use the clip with the spoon attached to keep your coffee bag closed.
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Purchase Information:

Price: £5.00 - 8.00
Available from: HAUS

Stone Chopping Board

This looks way too nice to use as a chopping board, doesn’t it? White Morwad marble provides a durable surface for dinner prep and serving while the delicate brass saucer is the perfect spot for dips or other special fare. And, if you like the look of the marble and brass, you’ll want to consider the Stone Spice Grinder (shown below) and Stone Pestle And Mortar by Tom Dixon as well.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00
Available from: YLiving