November 7, 2005

Kitchen Pencil Sharpener & Stapler

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It's rare you come across such a perfect match for a kitchen pencil sharpener. Our current kitchen pencil sharpener resides in our "junk drawer" but we think this pencil sharpener from UncommonGoods could be right out there next to the stove it looks so good. Reminiscent of a coffee grinder, the hand polished chrome pencil sharpener and stapler is a work of art when it comes to sharpening pencils. Now we don't do much stapling in the kitchen but it's a set - what can you do? Oh we know - use the stapler in our home office!

At the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939, a former firearms maker converted its facilities – and precise expertise – to produce desk accessories. Hand polished six times with six different granulations, then plated with chrome, these accessories are built for a lifetime of constant use and guaranteed forever. The pencil sharpener has an adjustable entry for any width tip and a handy crank device that easily locks down on a desk for stability. And the stapler is the only one in the world to staple three ways – the standard staple, tacking, which fastens papers to bulletin boards or walls, and pinning, a rare method that fastens papers securely and yet allows you to remove the staple with ease. Manufactured and hand finished in Spain.

At UncommonGoods

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Nigella Lawson 3ltr Storage Jar


It takes two people to design a decent storage jar these days. This cool duck egg blue storage jar is designed by Nigella Lawson with Sebastian Conran. The amphora form can be used in an upright or tilted position. A glass lid allows at-a-glance identification of contents. We're not exactly sure why it took 2 designers to pull this off - but we do really like it.

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November 1, 2005

DiscGo Magnetic Trivet


What else could Chef'n possibly come up with? How about a flexible and high heat-resistant silicone DiscGo™ that sports a strong magnet that sticks easily to your fridge, stove or any other steel surface; and due to the flexible, fun shape, it can also be used as a potholder and jar opener.

Crazy. The unique shape lends itself to being more than just a trivet2. Multiple uses include: trivet, pot holder and jar opener3. The magnet offers convenient storage options on refrigerator, cooking range or any steel surface4. The Discgo is dishwasher safe and features:1. 650ºF /340ºC heat-resistant silicone.

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October 28, 2005

See Your Tea


We can see our tea clearly now with this original 1920s Bauhaus tea pot. The clear tea pot allows you to enjoy the subtle beauty and delicate hues of your favorite tea as it diffuses through the water. Made from durable Pyrex glass that retains the heat of the water, the tea stays and comes out hot. Very hot.

Via at Bauhaus tea pot

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October 25, 2005

Martini Wine Glass

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Wine or martini? Martini or wine? Martini and wine? With this glass or glasses in one you can do it all. We're a little afraid of the built in hangover but we also like to have our drinking bases covered.

Via design*sponge at Moma

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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 12, 2005

Cold Prep Essentials Storage Set from Tupperware

P10082259000 DetailWe love to make deviled eggs. We also hate to store them on plates with plastic wrap. We sought out a better solution and found the Prep Essentials Storage Set. It has a modern New Look for Tupperware and comes with three inserts you can use to store various cold cuts, eggs, and other food stuffs.

  • ClassicPrep Essentials™ Cold Cut Keeper
  • Cosmos seal Egg Tray Inserts
  • Cold Cut Keeper Jr. Smaller version of the Cold Cut Keeper

We think after you get your own prep essentials set, you'll never have problems storing eggs or cold cuts again.

At Tupperware

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October 11, 2005

Finally - An Uplifting Teakettle!

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The OXO "Good Grips" Uplift Teakettle is designed for exceptional comfort, instead of the exceptional pain and burns that most tea kettles put you through. Lift and tip this sleek, stainless steel whistling kettle and the spout pops open automatically for effortless pouring. The soft, non-slip handle is heat-resistant for added safety. It also features a 2-qt. capacity and a large opening for simple filling and cleaning.

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October 6, 2005

Metrokane Bullet Cocktail Shaker

It looks like a giant silver bullet you would need at a party featuring werewolves who are very very drunk. The 28-ounce Metrokane Bullet cocktail shaker won't necessarily protect you from werewolvers but it's art-deco-style might inspire you to befriend one. The Bullet is made of polished 18/10 stainless steel, with smooth lines and a gleaming surface that give any kitchen or den an air of sleek sophistication. Cocktail shakers work by reducing the alcohol's temperature in crushed ice without diluting the taste of the beverage. Bartenders merely pour their martinis, margaritas, or Manhattans out of the integral strainer and voila--an attractive, flavorful beverage that looks almost as good as the Bullet itself. The drip-free spout ensures a minimum of spilling, and the entire unit--which comes packaged in a clear gift box--is dishwasher-safe.

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October 3, 2005

Oval Oil and Vinegar Cruet

F 105315 What's better than a hand blown Olive Oil and Vinegar Cruet? Owning one. I have to admit how amazing this cruet looks. Correctly proportioned Bohemian crystal cruets, hand blown one inside the other, two cork stoppers, and filled with the best olive oil and vinegar? Perfection.

If there was only more products that capture the imagination and provide some decent cooking experiences. I love to have things in the kitchen that make me want to cook and this would be one of them. Hey - isn't Christmas coming soon? Anyone?

At Dean & DeLuca

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