I love how unexpectedly elegant this kitchen corner is, with the bright tulips and the silver candlesticks tying into the lovely tap. Just a bit of Friday eye candy to leave you with. From Flickr user Supspace.
When my family moved into our current house, the kitchen was papered in the most grotesque yellow/orange/red wallpaper from the 50′s. Looking back, it was actually kind of cool, but my Mum hated it. One day, she let my sister and me rip it off the wall to our hearts’ content. (Wonderful way to keep a 7- and 4-year-old entertained, I imagine.) These papers, though, I would definitely not be ripping off my kitchen wall.
There’s a touch of nepotism going on in this post, but it’s well-deserved, I promise you. Whisk, a Brooklyn-based kitchen store, is owned and run by my cousins, and just last month was reviewed by my sister on her blog. This weekend, though, I finally got to check out for myself, and couldn’t have been more impressed. I particularly liked some of the eco-friendly products on offer.
While I don’t count myself as a card-carrying member of the bamboo fan club, (how eco-friendly is a floor/countertop that needs to be shipped from China, really?), I do love it for smaller items. Bambu is a company that makes such kitchen things, and my cousins chose some particularly nice items for their shop. I especially like the Lacquerware, bamboo bowls and serving dishes with colourful, matte finishes:
I’m back from a whirlwind trip to New York City, and in between all the eating and shopping, I managed to scout some kitchen finds. For me, no trip to NYC is complete without a visit to SoHo’s MoMa store to check out what’s new in the design world.
This Linea Oro Nero flatware by Luigi Prandelli has the most gorgeous and unusual black lustre. Hard to see in the photo, but worth hunting down in real life:
I’ve seen these Nest 8 Bowls, by British brand Joseph Joseph around before, but don’t think I ever really appreciated their genius before now. If I had to cook out of a tiny NYC kitchen, I’d definitely invest in this set:
For some reason, I really fell for this fluted porcelain-and-silicone Contrast Mug by Royal Copenhagen. The contrast between traditional and modern materials is charming, and the shape perfect for soup or green tea:
I’m flying to New York City tomorrow morning, to spend a bit of time sightseeing, eating and shopping with some old friends. I won’t be posting while away, but rest assured that the kitchenisms will return on Thursday, May 28th.
This 1960′s kitchen is actually from a hotel room in Rome, and comes to us courtesy of Flickr user maggi.m. Am I completely crazy for liking it?
It also comes in a trio version:
What, I ‘d really love to have, though, is this cookbook weight. I’ve been thinking about it ever since I saw it at a shop in Toronto this January. It’s so useful and attractive that I’m bound to cave and buy it at some point:
Ever since I found out via The Kitchn that you can make your own cheese at home (what?! people do that?) I’ve been wanting to give it a try. If you’re similarly deluded, you might want to give this cute DIY Cheese Kit from Etsy seller Urban Cheesecraft a try.
This one’s got everything you need (except for milk) and instructions to make 10 batches of Mozzarella or Ricotta cheese. If that doesn’t strike your fancy, there’s a kit for making Goat Cheese, and one for Paneer and Queso Blanco.
Labour and Wait is a UK company that sells “timeless, functional products for daily life”. I only found out about them recently, but am now dying to take a trip to the East London shop, which stocks a mixture of new and vintage items for the home.
I particularly like the selection of enamel products;
and the hand-knitted dishcloths:
This kettle, made by a Japanese company, has won design awards:
It’s not just kitchen products, either. This light fixture would work just about anywhere: