November 2, 2005

Iron Chef Hats

Ictoque We are still in love with the Iron Chef and pretty excited to see Iron Chef merchandise from The Food Network. The spiffy Iron Chef toque in black with the logo is embroidered in red and yellow. The toque is made of 100% cotton and should you do battle in your kitchen - you had better have one of these.

At Iron Chef merchandise

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October 31, 2005

Rösle Paper Towel Holder

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Elegant and interesting - this classic Rösle paper towel holder holds paper-towel rolls up to 11.3 inches wide and 6 inches in diameter. Made in Germany of 18/10 stainless steel the paper towel holder is dishwasher-safe and hangs by its hooks from one of Rösle's Basic Rails.

At Rösle Paper Towel Holder

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October 27, 2005

The iTunes of Recipes - MacGourmet

Macgourmet Icon 128X128If you've got an Apple computer and OSX we think you'll need MacGourmet. We've been using it for over a year now in the kitchen on our Apple PowerBook and find it without equal when it comes to organizing our recipes. There's even a cook viewing mode that makes the recipe full screen and large when cooking. We also love the ability to organize and pair wines with all of our recipes with the linking feature. Amazing application and it's a total steal at $24.95.

Screenshot BigYou organize your digital photos, you make playlists of your mp3s. Now bring your recipe organization into the 21st century with MacGourmet™. Think of MacGourmet as "iTunes for recipes." MacGourmet helps you create and edit recipes, wine notes and cooking notes, easily browse your entire collection and build your own custom lists for categories like appetizers or desserts.

In addition to recipes, MacGourmet lets you save notes and labels for wines you've had, creating a digital "wine scrapbook." Had a great wine that would go well with a certain recipe? MacGourmet lets you make a relationship between them. In fact, make one or many relationships between every kind of recipe box item.

And like your wine notes, you can keep lists of your cooking notes, those nuggets of wisdom that are general and not necessarily specific to any one recipe or wine.

At Advenio LLC - Mac OS X Software Development

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October 25, 2005

Pumpkin Cake Molds

K180095.001 We didn't expect to find such a groovy pumpkin mold at QVC - but we took our chances and BAM! Pumpkin mold of the gods! We like the ability to add some interesting cookie shaped treats along with our giant pumpkin cake.

With Halloween brewing around the corner, it's time to trick up some treats with these ghoulishly haunting kitchen accessories. What could be more frighteningly perfect than a pumpkin-shaped cake for Halloween? This cake mold has ridging to show off the detail of the pumpkin and stem. The cookie cutters help you bake a variety of spooky treats.

At QVC.com

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Sebastian Bergne: Kitchen Designer Madness

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What's not to love about great design meeting in your kitchen and then serving up a perfect cup of coffee. Sebastian Bergne is a designer that can do all that and more.

After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1990, Sebastian Bergne opened his own studio in Bologna, Italy. His projects are often clever and delightfully simple. Zio, Zia and Nipotino are an ingenious family of lighting tables designed for Luceplan, Kult is the breakfast collection that, over the years, has become a classic for WMF, and starting in 2003 he collaborates with french company Moulinex designing a large range of appliances. Among his latest creations; Micro Garden and a wood action figure for Muji. GP

More at Sebastian Bergne

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October 20, 2005

Perfect Extra Kitchen Chairs

177 Photo 1 035523 What's not to love about the perfect set of extra kitchen chairs. They stack. They remind you of being in school, yet they harken back to a time when everything could be wiped off and cleaned with a simple cloth.

Long out of production, Modernica reactivates the original 50 year old presses that made the originals... again producing armshells one at a time using the old-school high-fiber process with fiber patterning unique to each shell.. Creating true fiberglass chairs that display fiber prominence and translucency is all but a lost art and these chairs are made by the original craftsmen on the original machinery. The Side Shell Chair is a true icon of American modernism."

At hivemodern.com

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October 16, 2005

Kitchen Contraption Makes Dishes on Demand

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MIT Media Lab's Counter Intelligence Group, which develops innovative kitchen designs, has created a machine that makes dishes on demand and recycles them after diners have finished a meal. I can't tell you how many times I wish we could have recycled dishes after a large dinner party, but I thought they would never make "dishes" that would be better than styrofoam or paper plates. These dishes are made from food-grade, nontoxic acrylic wafers, which are shaped into cups, bowls and plates when heated, then resume their original wafer shape when they are reheated and pressed.

The DishMaker frees space in dish cabinets and reduces landfill trash and uses less energy to recycle dishes than factories use to make them. And, because the machine can produce up to 150 items, a dinner host would never be short of table settings when unexpected guests arrive: Cooks can select the number of place settings needed using a simple push-button control panel.

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The prototype DishMaker is the size of a standard dishwasher, and uses the heating element of a toaster oven to shape the items. We can imagine this thing as yet another item in our kitchen, but how amazing would this to have for the times when you need it - big parties - etc. To recycle the dishes, it heats them to about 300 degrees Fahrenheit to soften the acrylic, then a press restores them to wafers for easy stacking.

We think the bowls in the picture look amazing. You could probably get a whole range of acrylic colors and also press your own name, picture, or seal into the plates and cups. WILD!!!

Story Via Wired

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October 4, 2005

There's a Witch in my Kitchen!!!

Okay - it's October and that means Halloween and of course Kitchen Witches. This five foot life size figure is of "high quality" and includes a deluxe costume with easy to follow instructions for putting it all together. We think you can't go wrong installing a kitchen witch in your kitchen. If kids break in - she'll cook them. If you have issues with your neighbors - she'll hex them. And best of all - the cackles will keep you in smiles for years to come.

At Halloween Life Size Witch

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September 28, 2005

Eva Solo's new Videos

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We perhaps cover way too many Eva Solo products at Kitchen Contraptions, but you have to love the design, thought, and beauty of the products they sell. Core77 has picked up on their new videos of products they offer - and like their products - they're amazing videos.

Eva Solo, the Danish masters of elegant and functional housewares, has a new video center on their website with promotional shorts for their various wares. What I love the most about these segments is that they come across less like advertisements, and more like short stories about the product's inherent beauty. As designers we should all take note-- we are in the business of story telling when we present concepts-- these videos are worth a thousand gorgeous photos.

Via core77 at Eva Solo Video Web Center

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September 8, 2005

Alessi New Fall/Winter 2005 Kitchen Gadgets

Img Core Novita7I'm sure every single thing in the Alessi Fall/Winter 2005 Catalog will soon hit the blogosphere and we'll be right to feature most of the new items. Alessi always delivers the best, coolest, wildest, cutest, and bestest (YES I TYPED BESTEST) items for you kitchen, home, and other places where you need a little style.

There's some amazing finds like:

Trattore Olive Oil Set

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Parrot Corkscrew

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And these things that look like hair dryers? Wild.

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At Alessi Fall/Winter 2005 Catalog

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