Contributed by Mike James
Kitchen trends and fashions come and go but some designs stand the test of time. Whether you are furnishing a new kitchen, updating your appliances or utensils or simply refreshing the space, think about the impact that even a few carefully chosen objects can have on the overall impact and feel of your kitchen.
Far from advocating clutter, we subscribe to William Morris’ famous maxim that you should “have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of 12 objects of desire that are sure to enhance any kitchen. Each one is a perfect fusion of functionality and style and a design icon with its own history to prove it.
If you are after an instant injection of style credibility to your kitchen, you may need to go shopping…
Designed in Britain just after World War II by the entrepreneur Max Gort-Barten, the toaster’s iconic design is as fresh now as it was when it first came onto the market. The German-born designer received a CBE for services to the British manufacturing industry in 1989.
As popular now as it was when the colourful retro styling was considered cutting edge design in the 1950s, this original Italian design is now widely available in array of up-to-date colours to fit in with any kitchen design.
Duralex Picardie Glasses
With a design dating back to 1927, these quintessentially French bistro glasses have become a staple in homes all over the world. Different sizes and colours have since then been produced.
Mason Cash Bowl
Mason Cash were established in the 1800s and the ceramic mixing bowl with its unique design has stood the test of time. So much so that your mother or grandmother probably has one in her kitchen.
Another design icon, this sleek, stainless steel bin originates from a small factory in Holland. The first range of solid pedal bins was launched in 1955, and they’ve been at the forefront of kitchen waste ever since.
Bird Whistle Tea Kettle
This 1984 design landmark by Michael Graves sports a moulded plastic bird that makes the stainless steel kettle whistle. Clever, funny and stylish, the kettle still sells over 100,000 units every year.
Le Creuset Casserole Dish
With a design going back to 1925, Armand Desaegher and Octave Aubecq joined forces to create a porcelain enamelled cast iron pot, and the first of many Le Creuset cooking dishes was born.
Juicy Salif Lemon Juicer
Designed in 1988 by Philippe Starck for renowned Italian kitchen utensil manufacturers Alessi, this citrus press is a visually striking centrepiece and perfect example of postmodernist design.
The classic Kitchen-Aid branded mixer was launched in 1919 according to a design by Herbert Johnson. Manufactured in the USA, this kitchen food mixer now has annual sales of over $20 billion around the world.
Invented in 1918 by Alfonso Bialetti, this Italian stove top coffee maker has a sleek geometric look that has made it a design that is recognised the world over.
Peugeot Pepper Mill
Developed by Jean and Jean-Pierre Peugeot in the 1840s long before the French company became famous for making cars, this classic design can still be found in homes and restaurants everywhere.
Brown Betty Teapot
Finally, no English kitchen would be complete without a proper teapot, and they don’t come more traditional than this one. Originally made in Stoke on Trent in 1695 from red clay, tea made in a Brown Betty Teapot as considered to be the best – and possibly still is.
Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer working together with luxury, bespoke interior designer Middleton Bespoke, who were consulted over the information in this post.