words by Yang-Yi Goh
Give your kitchen a design-driven facelift with these visually arresting, effortlessly functional culinary tools.
Kaufmann Mercantile Japanese Brass Trivet (ABOVE)
Like your favourite pair of jeans, the heavy sand-casted brass of this striking trivet—made in Japan using centuries-old techniques—will develop a rich, robust patina over time. $75
Chemex Eight Cup Classic Coffeemaker
Its graceful curvature may have landed it a spot in the permanent collections of both the Smithsonian and Museum of Modern Art, but this leather-bound carafe is far from just another pretty face: it makes a damn good cup o’ joe, too. $44
Old Faithful Skinny Maple Rolling Pin
Baking isn’t exactly the most elegant of activities; flour has a funny way of ending up everywhere from the floor to your hair. A hand-turned, North American Maple rolling pin will help to add at least a touch of sophistication to the proceedings. $85
Small Krenit Bowls
Used together, the vital hues of these 1950s-era steel-and-melamine bowls resemble the paintings of minimalist masters like Ellsworth Kelly and Mondrian. $106 for set of three, available at Design Within Reach.
Morihata Bottle Opener
No more using countertops, lighters or (god forbid) your teeth to pry open those craft brews. This simple ergonomic opener will have you popping bottles in style in no time. $36, available at NeedSupply.com
Normann Copenhagen Long Drink Glasses
Leave it to the Danes to design a drinking glass with just the slightest of twists—a thumbnail-sized bubble at the base—that lends it a refreshing, entirely unexpected aesthetic. $50 for set of two.