Gift Guide: Everything but the kitchen sink

Gift Guide: Everything but the kitchen sink

Seven products – by Alessi, Umbra and more – that dress up a table and make food prep easy.

From cutting boards with storage to modern tajines, the latest kitchen accessories maximize functionality, making it easier for foodies and novices alike to get to work in the kitchen. And new tableware, whether minimal cutlery or vibrant trays, make it all the more fun to take your seat at the table.


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1 Bento by Umbra

New York designer Hlynur Atlason teamed up with Umbra to create the ultimate cooking tool for his wife. The result: a BPA-free chop-and-store set made up of five measuring cups that neatly tuck under a bamboo cutting board. $40


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2 Henri Mazelier by Richard Mazelier

Restauranteur Richard Mazelier – who comes from a lineage of French cutlers – partnered with Paris’s Cédric Ragot to create a sleek yet whimsical line of table and cheese knives named for his grandfather and made in the Mazelier hometown of Thiers, France.  Starting from $340.


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3 Revolution by Revol

If you love Moroccan cuisine, check out these earthenware tajines for making your own versions of lamb stew and couscous dishes at home. This modern take, in black and white with a variety of boldly coloured tips, is from Revol, a French porcelain company that dates back to the 18th century.  $300


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4 You by Alessi

A regular collaborator with Alessi, Bologna’s Miriam Mirri applied her trademark heart motif to her latest collection, which includes a bone china mug and stainless steel tea infuser. The latter incorporates motifs from textiles Mirri has designed.  $28-30


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5 Birch by Kota Fukunaga

To create the textured look on these sake pots and wine cooler, the Japanese artist hand-turned solid birch wood logs on a lathe then finished each piece with food-safe, water-based resin for protection from moisture.  $140–220 at Mjölk


6 Fort Trays by SCP

The vibrant graphics on these laminated plywood trays by British designer Donna Wilson harken back to the castles of medieval times. Made in Sweden for London manufacturer SCP, they come in two sizes and three colourways.  $50


7 Ovale by Alessi

In true Bouroullec style, Ronan and Erwan’s latest addition to their Ovale line of cups and plates for Alessi is a 20-piece flatware set with subtle and delicate curves.  Price upon request.

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