Counter MeasuresDecember, 2012
Treat your kitchen to a mini-makeover with tools so stylish you won’t want to hide them from view.
Thirteen full-tang knives appear to float against the magnetic Acacia-wood sides of the Schmidt Brothers 15-Piece Downtown Block. $200; West Elm; westelm.com
MORTAR & PESTLE
Perfect for making and serving guacamole or pesto, the Olivewood Mortar and Pestle is handcrafted from sustainable (and beautiful) wood. $30; Crate & Barrel; crateandbarrel.com.
Created by Italian architect Andrea Branzi, the whimsical Scoiattolo (“Squirrel”) Nutcracker is a sure conversation-starter. $130; Alessi; allmodern.com.
The sleek test-tube design of Dean & Deluca’s Spice rack (in 21- or 40-spice sizes) keeps favorite herbs and spices at hand—and on elegant display. $105 or $165; Dean & Deluca; deandeluca.com.
Centuries-old Hungarian glassmaking techniques meet modern chic in the show-stopping Cruet Rioja. $54; NYcruets; nycruets.com.
Add a splash of color to your counters with this Apple-Red NewGen 4-Slice Toaster. Not just a pretty face, it boasts extra-wide slots and easy adjustability. $320; Dualit; surlatable.com.