Last week I had the pleasure of purchasing a nesting tiffin tin set for $14 from my local Indian grocery. Stainless steel dish drying racks, like tiffin food containers, are commonplace in Indian kitchens. Unfortunately, finding them in these parts takes some doing (not to mention ready cash).
We have to credit French design company Tsé & Tsé (first seen at Mc & Co) for first bringing the Indian dish rack to our attention a few years ago. We've all been wanting one ever since. Tsé & Tsé's wall-mounted designs are fabricated from stainless steel in a range of sizes and have subtle tweaks to the originals, such as clip-on flatware holders—details that we suspect play into their price tag of as much as $595. As we wait for the stainless dish rack to be as ubiquitous here in the States as the tiffin tin, I sleuthed out a few worthy options, both high and low.
Above: Tsé & Tsé's Large Stainless Steel Dish Rack is €307 (about $423 USD); it's available directly through the French company's website.
Above: The Plate Rack Co. is a UK company started by a couple named Jen and Nick—aka Mr. and Mrs. Plate Rack—after their travels to India inspired them to source the rack and sell it online. Their Stainless Steel Racks are available in a mini size (£99), middle (£125, and similar in configuration to the Tsé & Tsé model above), and mighty (shown here; £240). They're also getting ready to offer Painted Plate Racks in white and seafoam green.
Above: Danish company Kingfisher House sells painted steel dish racks through their showroom and online; for pricing and details, contact them directly.
Above: For the adventurous set, Stainless Steel Plate Racks in sizes ranging from 24-by-10 inches to 36-by-10 inches are available through Blue Star Kitchen Sinks in India; inquire about price and shipping.
Curious about tiffin tins? See our recent post Object Lessons: The Trusty Tiffin Box. For more dish-drying options, have a look at 10 Easy Pieces: Countertop Dish Drainers. Check out more of our Design Sleuths—and Gardenista's Design Sleuths, too.