Being a whiz in the kitchen is easier than ever when you have the right tools to help you.
1. LIGHT MY FIRE
Fire up the hob in style with ST Dupont‘s sleek and slender The Wand fire lighter. Available in six colours (our favourite is this brushed gold), The Wand has a powerful blue torch flame – and comes with a refill. The perfect decorative object for lighting the hob, the fireplace, or any candle in an instant. The Wand makes a seriously stylish Christmas gift (or keep it for yourself – we won’t judge).
2. TICK TOCK
Invest in a kitchen centrepiece, the classic Newgate wall clock. With a large roman numeral dial and a modern matt black finish, the Newgate wall clock is a timeless design classic that never dates and looks at home in even the most modern kitchens.
3. LOAFING AROUND
What could be better than the smell of freshly baked bread? Actual homemade freshly baked bread. Panasonic‘s latest bread maker, the SD-ZP2000, promises to bake loaves to perfection – with hard crusty crusts and all. It has seven programs designed to bake bread (from whole wheat to a lean Quinoa raisin loaf and even gluten free options) in a way that results in a hard crust and a fluffy middle – so you can skip the trip to the bakery and enjoy homemade bread with ease. It doesn’t just stop there. With the easy-to-read display, you can make soft breads, pizza doughs, cakes and jams too.
4. STAND OUT
KitchenAid’s Stand Mixer has become something of an iconic appliance. The secret to its success? Reinvention. Its latest guise takes on a lovely matt lavender hue with a hammered finish stainless-steel bowl.
5. MORNING GLORY
There’s nothing short or stout about Toast’s Hand kettle. Its elegant, elongated spout is indulgently long, made purely to enjoy the simple pleasure of slowly decanting your morning brew.
Factor in its copper-coated stainless-steel casing and you’ve got a design worth pouring over.
6. COMBINED TALENT
Teaming up with artisans around the world, Edit 58, introduces a new collection of handmade ceramic pinch pots, trays and plates in collaboration with Kana London, prices from £30 for a pinch pot. These limited-edition pieces are decorated with a navy bow motif or chalky pink splatter design, perfect for creating a whimsical table setting.
Plates from edit58.com
7. GOING PLATINUM
Task the team at Tom Dixon with designing jugs and tumblers and you’ll get ‘tabletop architecture’. Fancy, eh? Just see the Tank collection’s latest additions for proof. Featuring sculptural shapes that take their cue straight from the science lab, each glass piece is hand-finished with platinum decals, set to cast dramatic shadows on your table come cocktail hour.
Tank jug set in Platinum Stripe, £225, tomdixon.net
8. SCOOP SIMPLE
Magimix’s new Gelato Expert comes with a built-in freezer, so sorting a dinner party pud is easy – just throw in the ingredients and push a button. Bellissimo!
9. NEW SQUEEZE
Doiy Design is the latest go-to brand for fun, quirky pieces that’ll get tongues wagging. Pop its ceramic Sonora Juicer in your kitchen for citrussy goodness from a cactus. Who’d have thought?
10. THE BIG FRY
Feel like something’s been missing from your cookware? Chances are it’s a dedicated ‘egg pan’ that fries a single oeuf to Instagram-worthy perfection. Good job then, that Alessi has teamed up with Italian designer Alessandro Mendini to create one, made from stainless steel and complete with standout wavy handles. So long, split yolks!
Tegamino egg pan, £79, alessi.com
11. POT LUCK
Look no further than Bitossi Home for tea-party tableware that’ll outshine your scones and sponges. The Boro Romantic glass teapot lets you see what’s going on inside – that is if you’re not distracted by the good looks of the delicate glass fluting on the outside.
12. POUR DE FORCE
Eva Solo’s Pour Over coffee pot is all about old-school brewing techniques, using a steel filter to bring out the very best of the coffee. Once you’ve finished playing barista, you can pop in the cork lid and admire the design.
£65, Eva Solo at Forma, formahouse.co.uk
13. SIMPLE TASTES
The season’s most chic shade might take its inspiration from the vegetable patch, but the look is anything but drab. Putting beetroot on the colour map, Plumo’s offerings include handcrafted tableware in minimal styles that perfectly cater to laid-back garden gatherings.
From £14 for a small plate, plumo.com
14. FEELING TOASTY
We’re dreaming of a white Christmas – and it would seem kitchen appliance super-brand Smeg is too. Coming over all minimalist on us, the company has ditched its penchant for retro pastels in favour of this crisp new colourway for winter. It’s not known as Brilliant White for nothing…
TSF02WHUE toaster, £139.95, smeguk.com
15. TEA TIMER
Know your Ceylon from your Darjeeling? The Smart Tea Pot from Sage certainly does. It comes with four temperature settings designed to create the perfect brew for green, white, oolong and black teas. Just set your temperature and preferred steep time at the press of a button before sipping away.
16. DOT TO DOT
Kate Spade New York’s Deco Dot kettle has retro charm by the bucketload. You’ll never miss elevenses again thanks to its old-school spout whistle, while the cute polka-dot print commands countertop attention.
17. YOU’RE TOAST
It’s the must–have kitchen brand – but if your budget won’t stretch to one of its range cookers, get your Wolf-dose with a Gourmet toaster. It features wide slots for bagels, plus a ‘keep warm’ button.
From £299.95, subzero-wolf.co.uk
PLUS: SOME LITTLE EXTRAS…
Smashed avocado is a dream smothered on artisan sourdough, but not when it gets all over our hands in the process. Joseph Joseph’s GoAvocado tool promises minimal mess while cutting, de-stoning and slicing all at once. Handy!
NICE ’N’ NIFTY
Pop Umbra’s Penguin soap dispenser in your kitchen for instant countertop cuteness. Just press down on the head to pump soap from its beak, while it cuddles your most trusty sponge or scrub.
CLEAN UP ALL RIGHT
Cleaning products can be a little garish, hence why they’re often banished into boxes under the sink. But not the Rose Gold range from eco-friendly cleaning brand Method, with shiny metallic bottles housing surface cleaner, washing-up liquid and handwash, all infused with pomelo, freesia and pink peppercorns.
From £2 for the handwash, tesco.com
SPICK AND SPAN
From a food caddy to drying racks and microfibre cloths, the Sink Side range from Brabantia is ideal for brightening up the kitchen.
The suction-mounted dish brush is £7.95, brabantia.com