January 28, 2014

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Here is an idea – instead of trying to fit all our pots and pans inside the cabinets, why not create pieces beautiful enough to display. The Hook cookware collection, designed by Karim Rashid for italian brand TVC, is meant to be out in the open. As the name suggests, each piece features a hook allowing us to hang it on the wall. There are several colorful options to choose from, so the kitchen never looks boring. A lovely aesthetic approach to saving space.

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December 9, 2013

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This serving and carving set by Norm Architects is a real lifesaver when you need to through an elegant soirée. Comprised of four stackable components, it allows you to cover several entertaining scenarios. Use the bamboo cutting board with its discreet center opening to allow liquids and juices to drip down into the tray and not onto the table. Place the cooling pad in the black melamine tray, then place the white porcelain dish on top to attractively keep foods chilled while serving. Or use the tray and dish separately for handling larger culinary presentations. When not in service all four pieces are compactly stacked within the serving tray for maximum space saving. Very clever. A great gift idea too. Available for purchase here.

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September 30, 2013

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Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Donald M. Rattner.

The five-piece Steam Tower by Menu takes the best qualities and techniques of the traditional Asian steam cooker and adapts them to contemporary use by means of innovative, modular and elegant Scandinavian design.

To prepare a meal, the Tower components are stacked above the porcelain water-filled base and placed in the oven. When the water vaporizes, the steam circulates through the oven and the perforated openings in the base of the upper components, cooking the food while retaining its moisture. Since the steam doesn’t transfer taste among foods, it’s an ideal way of cooking fish, meat, vegetables and dessert together at the same time.

Not only does that cut down on successive cooking times, it also helps the environment by using fuel more efficiently. And, being attractive enough to go straight to table for serving, there are fewer dishes to wash after the meal – another time and energy-saver. Made from white porcelain. Designed by Christian Bjørn.

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August 5, 2013

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Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Donald M. Rattner.

The JosephJoseph Nest 100 takes the company’s award-winning series of nested kitchen implements to a new level. Made of high quality 18/8 stainless steel and sleek black ABS, this set of nine nesting food preparation tools is crafted for exceptional durability and visual luxury.

Take the set of nested bowls apart and enjoy a great deal of utility. Stack them together and that utility compresses into a minimal amount of space. Each two mixing bowls with non-slip bases (4.75 qt and .5 qt), a fine mesh stainless steel strainer (1.74 qt), a stainless steel colander (3.17 qt), and a set of five black measuring cups ranging from 1/6 to 1 cup sizes. Dishwasher safe. Purchase here.

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