The kitchen is the heart of the home, right?
It’s taken me a little while though, to make the little kitchen corner in my open plan living space both look and function the way I would like, given that it’s the classic built-in L-shape configuration you would expect in a new-build rental home. Of course if this were my own space to do with as I please, I’d have ripped the units out and started from scratch, but given that’s not an option I’ve instead given myself a little bit of time to get used to using the space and understand how I can best make the layout work for me.
I’ll reveal my styling of the space soon, but in the meantime wanted to share the five key kitchen brands I looked to in getting my kitchen up to standard and create a space I wanted to spend more time in this winter, prepping my favourite seasonal dishes and getting things ready for the festive food extravaganza that lies ahead..
I’ve written before about my love of Brabantia’s sustainability ethos – especially their New Icon pedal bins which support the ocean cleanup – but did you know that alongside waste management solutions the brand also offer a wonderful range of food prep, cooking, dining and storage products? All of their products have a sleek style aesthetic with a strong emphasis on space-saving solutions, which are perfect for my small kitchen set-up, and are generally available in a wide range of colours to suit any style sensibility. So while my edit incorporates pure white and muted tones, you could equally go all out and deck your kitchen in an array of sunny rainbow hues..
Rig Tig strive to design functional products that stand the test of time, both in durability and aesthetics, by peeling away superfluous elements and finding simple solutions to common problems. I love the organic contemporary shapes of their Cook & Serve collection by Jens Fager – which are stackable to suit small-space living – and the tactile simplicity of many of their kitchen accessories, from the quirky Measure-it spoon to the Slice-it pizza wheel. The Easy utensil collection by Cecilie Manz is also a fave; elegant yet sturdy with a strong focus on shape and craftsmanship.
Joseph Joseph design innovative and functional products for the kitchen and laundry room, creating functional, problem-solving solutions for common household issues. With a bright, clean aesthetic, all of their designs add a touch of fun and quirk to some of the most mundane of kitchen tasks, from washing up to countertop cleaning, while helping to streamline processes and enhance efficiency. Innovative designs include foldable chopping boards for easy transfer from board to pot, adjustable dish racks and sink-saver mats, and combined waste separation and recycling units which slot stylishly and seamlessly into your home.
The Organic Company
Danish design brand The Organic Company create home textile products using 100% certified organic cotton, with a strong focus on the environment and social responsibility. Utilising this natural, renewable and biodegradable fabric, the brand offer a range of kitchen cloths, towels, aprons and gloves to elevate your everyday food prep and cleaning processes, and add a touch of meaningful luxury to your kitchen. The large herringbone weave kitchen towels are highly absorbent and durable, while the big waffle washcloths are both tactile and versatile, and retain their stylish aesthetic even after multiple uses. My favourite design though is the stylish two-hand oven glove, which protects both hands and arms from the oven burns I am usually so prone to..!
Lastly Stelton; a Danish design brand whose coffee products have become a main staple of my daily life. The Theo and Collar ranges have been designed to rediscover the ritual of coffee brewing and, where once I used to begin my day with a touch of a button on my Nespresso maker, I now savour the aroma of coffee slow-brewing each morning, filling the house with it’s delicious scent and delivering me a cup of far more potent – and more delicious – coffee to help get the day off to the right start! I’ve also be coveting an upgrade to their beautiful Emma kettle, which marries clean modern lines with an elegant wooden handle – it’s definitely on my Christmas list!
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