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. N.B.: It's currently out of stock but expected back in.
Above: From venerable German company Wesco, the Wesco Grandy Bread Box (bottom shelf) is available in red for $79.95 at Williams-Sonoma. (The Wesco Grandy Bread Bin is also at Amara in a range of colors for $129.). A Glass and Stainless Steel Bread Box (not shown) is $99.95 at Williams-Sonoma. 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 ($166) from Connox.
Above: A favorite with European hoteliers, the Alfi Thermal Carafe is available in three sizes from Williams-Sonoma; prices start at $199.95 for the small size.
Above: Messermeister Knives are made of carbon steel alloy using the original hot-drop, hammer-forged manufacturing process. We especially like the knives in the Oliva Elite series, which feature Italian olive wood handles (prices start at $74.95 for the Spear Point Paring Knife).
Above: The Oil/Vinegar Drizzlers are made of laboratory glass by Jenaer Glas; €31 ($38) for the small and €36 ($44) for the large 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 £12.50 ($19.95) for the large size from Pentreath & Hall.
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 and Object Lessons: Classic Brooms
- The Last Trash Bin You'll Ever Buy
- Cans from a Cleanliness-Obsessed Nation
- Dustpan No. 1
- The Humble Cleaning Cloth
- 10 Easy Pieces: Countertop Paper-Towel Holders
This post is an update. The original ran in March 2014 as part of our Kitchen Composition issue.