Today the kitchen is more than just a kitchen. It's the heart and soul of the home, a multi-functional space that's used as a homework station, a place to enjoy your first sip of morning coffee, and of course, the stage to show off your culinary prowess. So it stands to reason that your kitchen should be equipped with handy appliances and wares that marry function and style.
Here's our pick of the kitchen must-haves, from designer benchtop appliances to exquisite glassware. It's time to upgrade your cooking experience, meals and kitchen style, all at once.
Benchtop appliances have had a luxe makeover. Case in point: De'Longhi's range of eye-catching, everyday small kitchen gadgets. Designed in a champagne inspired colour palette and sleek silhouettes, the Icona Metallics collection are premium essentials that make a decorative statement on your benchtop. Their toaster, for example, turns the humble breakfast appliance into a piece that pops with style. You won't want to pack these goodies away ever.
For the culinary connoisseur, a fully-integrated fridge that blends function and beauty is top of the luxe list. For a tech-savvy appliance that doubles as an object of desire, turn to Gaggenau's latest Vario 400 series refrigerator. Designed with an elegant stainless steel interior, LED light pillars and hand-fitted aluminium door racks, this deluxe fridge is a lesson in high-quality design with a 5-star energy rating to boot. It's sure to be the masterpiece of the kitchen.
It can be easy to overlook your glassware, but a good-looking set can make a lasting impression in your kitchen. Take Maison Balzac's handmade glassware collection. The beautiful carafes and tumblers are hand-blown from Borosilicate glass and come in a range of modern colourways. The result? Glasses and carafes that balance aesthetic and practicality.
Dine in Style
If you've gone to the trouble of cooking a lavish meal, then make sure its presentation is just as appealing as its taste. And if you want to take your dinner experience up a notch, then the Anthemion Grey collection of tableware at Wedgewood delivers opulence in spades. Each piece in the place setting – from plates to platters – boasts an elegant, contemporary pattern and is finished with 22-carat gold accents to add a sophisticated touch to your kitchen table.
For the serious home cook, high-quality casserole dishes, pots, pans and skillets are essentials to a well-stocked kitchen. Plus, they can bring a touch of designer flair to your cooktop. Le Creuset's enamelled cast-iron cookware does both. The cast iron locks in moisture and retains heat for even cooking, and they're available in a rainbow of striking colours to suit any home. Whether in a core colour or a limited-edition shade, glossy Le Creuset cookware always delivers.
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