Last year we wrote about Wendy MacNaughton's illustrated farmer's market series, inspired by her visits to the San Francisco Civic Center Farmers' Market. Now two illustrations from that series—the mushrooms and vegetables—are available for purchase. Wouldn't they be perfect hanging in the kitchen?
Are you tired of your companion flitting off to various distractions during dinner? Appeal to their considerate side with the Courtesy Table, designed by Dutch designer Marleen Jansen. Can you guess how it works?
A classic cocktail book and a house cocktail journal are great items to have around to keep tabs on your favorite cocktail recipes and tutorials. But an even easier option? Hanging one of these posters for quick measurement and ingredient rundowns. Bonus: they look pretty snazzy, too.
We'd gotten a little casual about where we ate, with most meals at the butcher block island, its wood top sometimes kale or beet stained from dinner prep, and usually still damp from a quick wipe-down. I was craving some formality. Not the kind that dictates which side of the plate the fork goes — I admit I still get turned around on that one — but the kind of formality that comes from giving something its own special place. The way a dancer has the stage, a photograph has a frame, or a tree has its earth. The formality I craved was to give the food bound for our bellies its own place of honor.
We love a crisp, cool stone tabletop, especially in the heat of summer. The material seems able to cool a space during the hottest months (which are fast approaching!) but it's oh-so-expensive. Here's an alternative: concrete!
Who:AR-TRE, Italian kitchen maker
What We Noticed: I saw a lot of kitchen furnishings at EuroCucina that seemed to flow or blend into other areas of the house. This was one particularly striking example: A sofa built in to the kitchen island/table. A very interesting concept for small spaces or kitchen-dining combos. What do you think? One more photo below...
For those fortunate enough to have a window in your kitchen (something I, alas, am not), curtains are a terrific way to add personality and color. Sunny, citrus colors work particularly well if you're looking for an accent color, but a novelty print—like the hand-printed anchor curtains above—will really get people talking.
Do you remember this poster from last year? We're fans of all of Pop Chart Lab's inventive and exhaustive infographics, and their newest poster—which breaks down 68 classic cocktails into their constituent parts—doesn't disappoint.
Do you have a clock in your kitchen? I'm not talking about the digital clock on your stove or microwave; I'm talking about the good ol' fashioned wall clock—which, granted, isn't a necessity anymore now that cell phones and iPads and all manner of digital devices offer the time at a moment's whim. But when the battery in my wall clock recently died, I realized how often I glance at the clock during the day. It's still an essential part of my home, and my kitchen, not to mention I love the look. How about you?
Love Hipstamatic for the iPhone? Like taking food photos? Then you should check out the the Loftus Foodie Lens and Film Pak inspired by London-based food photo artist David Loftus. It was released in December and it is "crafted to produce luscious food shots with incredible clarity in the center and blurring of the edges."