Fresh Colors from France: Emile Henry's Figue Clay Pots

International Home and Housewares Show 2008

Here's the second French-inspired color we'll remember from this year's Home and Housewares show: deep purple. We weren't immediately drawn to this color that Emile Henry, from the Burgundy town of Marcigny, calls "figue." The color seemed Barney-esque or a little too much like a Starbucks easy chair, at first.

But as we go over our notes and photos from the show, we're reconsidering our take on the dark purples we saw. The rich Mediterranean color could work in both modern and more old-world settings and would be a strong backdrop for many different foods, from dark brown braises to the greens of steamed vegetables. It would coordinate well with Staub's new titanium color too.

What do you think of this new color from Emile Henry?

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Emile Henry's Flame-Top line is made from flameproof ceramic. It can sit directly on a burner or the gill and is microwave and dishwasher safe. The line is also available in green, black and red.

This ceramic cookware is 30% lighter than metal cookware of a similar size. That makes Emile Henry a good fit for cooks who are interested in enameled cast iron Dutch ovens, but don't want all that weight.

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