The BMWs and Mercedes of the precision kitchen world, courtesy of the Germans. Here's a dozen kitchen tools, storage containers, and cleaning supplies we're currently coveting.
Above: The Famos Vegetable Peeler is $12 from Kiosk in NYC.
Above: Williams-Sonoma offers a range of storage containers from venerable German company Wesco. A set of three Wesco Canisters (top shelf left) is $99.95; available in white or red. The Wesco Cookie Box (top shelf right) is $59.95; available in white or red. The Wesco Grandy Bread Box (bottom shelf) is available in white, gray, or red; $79.95. UPDATE: A sharp-eyed reader pointed out that while these products are designed in Germany, they are manufactured in China.
Above: Stainless steel Kitchen Scissors made by the 275-year-old J.A. Henckels company; $110 from Kiosk.
Above: The Wagenfeld Tea Pot, designed by Wilhelm Wagenfeld in 1931 and manufactured by Jenaer Glas, is €135.90 from Connox.
Above: A favorite with European hoteliers, the Alfi Thermal Carafe is available in three sizes from Williams-Sonoma; prices start at $179.95 for the small size.
Above: Messermeister Knives are made from carbon steel alloy using the original hot-drop, hammer-forged manufacturing process. We especially like the Oliva Elite series, which feature Italian olive wood handles (prices start at $85 for the Spear Point Paring Knife).Oil/Vinegar Drizzlers are made of laboratory glass by Jenaer Glas; €35 each from Manufactum. The design was singled out in the Remodelista book in the Remodelista 100, our roundup of favorite everyday things. Lookalike Glass Cruets are available from Chef's Planet starting at $12.50
Above: The German-made Wesco Singleboy 3.4-Gallon Trash Can is $129.95 at Crate & Barrel.
Above: The German-made Dustpan and Broom Set by Redecker is $68 at the Joinery.
Above: The dark galvanized metal Redecker Wash Bucket is NZ $35.50 from Father Rabbit.
Above: The German-made Maier Nonstick Pan Cleaning Brush is $4.50 from Williams-Sonoma.
Are you as obsessed with everyday objects as we are? See Display-Worthy Brooms, the Last Trash Bin You'll Ever Buy, Cans from a Cleanliness-Obsessed Nation, and the Dustpan No. 1. And gardeners, have a look at 10 Easy Pieces: Potting Shed Brushes and our favorite Indoor/Outdoor Tool Sets.