THE engine of the house, the kitchen, is the perfect arena for new style and unique action with this season’s new arrivals and reminders of some recent classics in the making (or is that baking?).
Always choose proven performance and quality before fashionable good looks.
Why did no-one think of this before? Slice and Sharpen silicone coated knives from Joseph Joseph feature a ceramic knife sharpener in their storage sheath. The base of the sharpener is also non-slip to make sharpening easier.
Available individually or in a set of two which includes the Paring and Chef’s knife. From €21.50. JJ also offer a Slice and Sharpen chopping board this season from €16-€20.
The new Dial storage range of store/freeze/heat boxes, allows you to put the date of closing up that left over food or marinade onto the box lid.
Brilliant for baby and offered in a dedicated baby set from €20, Debenhams, Brown Thomas and all well stocked JJ retailers.
Colour is back with some mountainside inspiration and significant weight at Le Crueset.
Gobble up their latest colour ranges Mooreland Mist in Ink, Cerise, Cactus, Cassis, Flint and Burgundy. Signature cast iron 24cm pans from €250.
I’ll content myself with an Espresso Mug Collection in all the Crueset colours for a reasonable €85. lecreuset.ie
On the high street, neon lettering has made a return from a craze just three years ago.
Go bespoke instead with something really different from John Morrissey at Non Fiction Graphics in Dublin, nonfictiongraphics.com.
Normann Copenhagen put on a happy display at Maison et Objet in Paris earlier this month, including its brand new Amp Lamp, a pure dollop of glass, ideal slung in threes over kitchens islands, peninsulas and open plan dining areas.
In smoke or white from €110.
Its Rise wall lamps (eagerly awaited as a first wall choice from NC), is available in the coming weeks — delicious little nuts of wood and metal, great for counters and lost corners, set low enough to rub in white, black, grey, petroleum, or yellow.
Look for dish-like stacks of ceramic, wood and copper at all good lighting retailers.
Orbs and planetary shapes in ceiling lights are everywhere too, and my eye was taken by the Light Eye pendulum lamp for just €85 at National Lighting, nationallighting.ie.
Willie Duggan lighting now stocks the highly sought after B. Lux Scout, a cup shaped pendant with an opaline glass diffuser and discreet handle that allows it to be tilted out of drop, from €355 in beige, red or grey.
Rarely do designers really tear apart the wheel, delivering a new shape and new material answers, with all its primary function left intact.
A genuinely exciting and affordable departure, Urkiola, from Spanish born Patricia Urquiola, is a new collection in stainless steel tableware for Georg Jensen (Denmark).
The fabulous asymmetrical pieces with their ribs and mirror finishes put more edge on the iconic jugs and cutlery of 1930s industrial creative and former Swedish prince, Sigvard Bernadotte, channelling a sophisticated Art Deco feel.
The original Bernadotte jug for Jensen, a lush wedding gift, is still available at Weirs & Sons in Dublin, €185.
Urkiola features a PVD, scratch resistant coating and combine the shine of steel with rose gold in dramatic cylinders with wide mouthed pourers.
The candle-holder in either colour, €158, or her 1.7l pitcher are a must have for anyone interested in European contemporary design. €135-€159.
IKEA’s new boxy Risatorp baskets are ideal for plucking apples, leaving them presented with leaves and dew on the counter in the kitchen.
You could of course just use one for shopping or line up a few birch handled baskets with the kids’ lunches ready for action. €12 each in lime green or white.
Their new Sunnersta mini-kitchen would be a wry answer to any young family awaiting a full set of cabinetry. €99, including suspended SS sink and shelving.
I would beef it up with a Hindo indoor/outdoor shelving unit, also perfect to redeploy when you’re ready for change. From €45.
Alessi have been busy entering the bathroom market with Laufen, but still had time to introduce their Ribbon bottle holder, a cradle for one bottle in steel or super black by UNStudio. From €79.
Make this year the one you treat yourself to one of their sublime coffee makers. We still love the obsidian inspired slices from the Ossidiana espresso pot by Mario Trimarchi. €48-€72.
Georg Jensen’s fabulous asymmetrical pieces with ribs and mirror finishes put more edge on iconic jugs and cutlery of the 1930s