July 28, 2011
The Pod …. A Modular kitchen at Neil Lerner
At Neil Lerner’s north London showroom a kitchen is never just a kitchen. It is a cooking, eating and living zone; where you are likely to spend much of your time. Yet, more than anything, a Neil Lerner kitchen is the product of 30 years of experience, utilising space carefully and stylishly interpreting the latest fashion without being a slave to it.
Known for his refreshingly unfussy and functional urban look, Neil creates contemporary kitchens that are custom-designed in England and manufactured in Germany. As always he exhibits his natural instinct for trends and a keen interest in the development and use of materials.
Recently launched is The Pod and Neil enjoys challenging the way we think of kitchen design with this new concept. By stripping the fitted kitchen back to its bare essentials, it is possible to rebuild and create a system kitchen based on 28 functional elements. Each segment is a stand alone item in its own right and can be combined exactly to need and taste. Best of all, the modules – for storage, cooking, baking and washing – can be taken away when you move. Genius!
July 28, 2011
A versatile range of lime green silicone sieves which take the strain out of draining.
The Silicone Zone range of products is known for its advanced technology, functional design and uncompromised quality. The range comprises bakeware, cookware, and kitchen gadgets in brightly coloured silicone.
July 20, 2011
Neisha Crosland, famous for her wonderful textiles and wallpapers, has now extended her talents by linking with traditional stationers Harris & Jones to launch a fabulous collection of luxury, hand-made stationery storage boxes.
The carefully edited collection includes magazine files, box files, organisers, and stacking letter trays – all covered in Neisha’s trademark wallpaper patterns.
All products are individually handmade in Harris & Jones’ Bedfordshire workshop, using traditional, time honoured skills combining cotton hinges, gros grain ribbons, wooden frames and beautifully textured papers in two of Neisha’s iconic designs – Zebra and Domino.
Each pattern is available in three colours: Zebra in Hyacinth, Twine and Pebble and the Domino design is available in Hyacinth, Indian Pink and Pebble.
Magazine file £30; Large Organiser £48; Letter Tray £32 and A4 Boxfile £35.
July 18, 2011
Wielding a knife as expertly as the TV chefs do may be tricky for the untrained cook but the new Santoku knife from the Chef’s Knife Store actually helps you slice and dice like a pro. Made from unique Japanese Damascus 67 layered steel – the material famously used for Samurai swords – the Santoku is tempered to a high hardness rating. It is the perfect weight and shape to help people (especially women with smaller hands than men) chop more effectively. Indeed, instead of the rocking technique as used with Western chef’s knives, with the Santoku blade you “chop” rather than “rock”.
Originating in Japan, the Santoku knife is a general-purpose kitchen knife with a flat edge sheepsfoot blade that curves in an angle approaching 60 degrees at the point.
Loosely translated the word “Santoku” means “three virtues” or “three uses” – a reference to the three main cutting tasks that the knife does so spectacularly: dicing, slicing and mincing.
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