Noble materials and original shapes make the kitchen area practical and functional, a space to be enjoyed every day with pleasure. Everyday accessories are transformed into design elements to display and give away, even at Christmas, capable of enriching spaces and being useful at the same time. There are objects like Kn Book that hide their primary function as a chopping board with extravagant shapes or design pieces that become a decoration when not in use, like the Collage teapot by Serax or the Toaster by Smeg, which has become a design icon. Lots of gift ideas designed to create a unique atmosphere also in the kitchen.
Inspired by traditional Japanese kettles, the Collage teapot created by Serax has minimal lines and a particular geometry, a perfect balance between form and material. The idea of the designers Giel Dedeurwaerder and Brent Neve is that Collage can become a decorative object to show, as well as being functional. With a capacity of 1.2 litres, the teapot is enamelled on the inside while the outside is made of cast iron, which gives it a long-lasting character and clean design. The central opening diffuses the aromas and scents of tea into the air. Thanks to its insulating properties, the teapot keeps the drink hot for long periods and is suitable for all heat sources, except microwave ovens.
Created in three different types of wood, the Kn Book chopping boards are transformed into fun and original objects, evidently inspired by the novel on abstract art by Carlo Belli. Their book-like form, with essential and clean lines designed by Roberto Vaia for KnIndustrie, hides the real function of chopping boards.
Sold separately or in sets of three connected by a fabric strap, Kn Book is a perfect accessory to give as a gift.
It amazes with its sculptural and elegant appearance, but also with the vertical grooves of the base that create a particular play of light. The Doric collection created by XL Bloom takes us back to ancient Greece, between columns and architecture. The cake stand, made of powder-coated steel, appears to emerge majestically to professionally display the wonderful pastry creations. Available in black and soft copper, Doric proves itself to be a precious ally in the kitchen.
A design that inspires sweetness is that of the Beehive collection by L'Objet. Conceived as a honey container, it comes with a matching 24K gold plated spoon that fits inside the lid. Small hand-gilded drops of honey seem to glide along the surface, finely crafted in porcelain with a geometric honeycomb pattern. The elegant metallic effect is perfect to accompany a tea service.
Its versatility is evident, from decorative element to indispensable kitchen accessory. Groove, available in two sizes and three colours, is made by Muuto and can be used in multiple ways: from an elegant tray to an underplate or a trivet for hot or cold objects, thanks to the inlays on the marble surface that allow air to flow easily. The elegance of the material and its characteristic imperfections make this object truly unique. The Norwegian designer Hallgeir Homstvedt says «The veins of the marble give the object a contemporary graphic look that contrasts with the natural aspect of the material».
Available in more than ten colours, Tykho from the Lexon brand is a reminder of the past, faithful to the shape of the AM/FM radios that were used in kitchens some time ago, just rotate the antenna to tune in to your favourite stations. The retro design, which has now become iconic, with its contemporary lines and bright nuances, is also enriched with more up to date features, such as Bluetooth® with which it is possible to connect your device and with a 3 W speaker and a Micro-USB charger which are also supplied. Among the first design objects to appear on the cover of Time Magazine, the Tykho radio has a splash-proof rubber finish, meaning it can also be used in the bathroom or while washing dishes.
Loved for its retro style and classic design, the Smeg 50s style 2-slice Toaster manages to combine functionality, excellent performance and refined aesthetics. Over the years it has become an iconic kitchen object with its painted steel body and rounded shape available in different pastel shades. It is easy to clean thanks to a removable and practical to use stainless steel crumb tray, and has a choice of six browning levels and three pre-set programs for reheating, defrosting and dedicated to bagels.
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