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Ten Minimalist Design Pieces That Will Upgrade Your Kitchen

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Kitchens are often a place of chaos and clutter; benches and drawers bursting with appliances and cookbooks and everything in between.

We’ve collected ten minimalist design pieces that are certain to streamline your cooking experience; and if not, will undoubtedly enhance the aesthetics of your kitchen. From Japanese toasters to Italian cafetieres and classic Danish design, the list of what your missing continues below.

01 Muji - Pop-Up Toaster

Japanese studio Muji are renowned for their sleek designs, and their ‘Pop-Up Toasteris no exception. Designed by Naoto Fukasawa, the piece is rectangular with rounded corners, and importantly, six levels of heating control to make sure that your toast is browned just right.

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Image © Muji

02 Alessi - Plissé

Alessi enlisted famed Italian architect and designer Michele De Lucchi to reimagine the quotidian kettle, with beautiful results. Crafted from thermoplastic resin, the sculptural form of the ‘Plissé’ is a sartorial reference to the use of pleats by fashion designers.

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Image © Alessi

03 Instrmnt - A12 Clock

This dual-aspect quartz clock by UK studio Instrmnt can be hung on the wall, or placed on the table on its removable stainless steel stand. The form of each clock has been created by hand from raw aluminum, before being anodized and finished in a sandblasted silver with a white clock face and the studio’s customary ‘00’ typeface in Helvetica Neue Regular.

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Image © Instrmnt

04 Muller van Severen - _Trivets

Like all of Muller van Severen’s design work, the formal elements of the ‘_Trivet’ collection are reduced, but no less aesthetically dramatic in consequence. Crafted from thin steel, when not in use protecting tables, the varying shapes are designed to be hung together on the wall as an abstract artwork.

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Image © Muller Van Severn courtesy of Valerie Objects

05 Stelton - EM77 Vacuum Jug

In 1977, Erik Magnussen designed the EM77 Vacuum Jug. Today, it remains one of Stelton’s most popular pieces, cementing its status as a true icon of Danish design. Featuring a unique tilt-lock, the thermal cylindrical jug is designed to keep your liquids hot, stylishly.

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Image © Stelton

06 Muuto - Salt and Pepper Grinder

With its sculptural shape, the dual salt and pepper grinder from Scandinavian design studio Muuto more closely resembles a modern art work than it does a kitchen utensil. Crafted from black lacquered beech wood, the adjustable grinder has a 25-year warranty; meaning that its style is intended to last.

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Image © Muuto

07 Tino Seubert Studio - Flute Mortar and Pestle

German designer Tino Seubert’s foray into kitchen design has resulted in a delightfully sculptural mortar and pestle. Crafted from Pietra Serena sandstone, the mortar has tubelike passages hewn from its center, creating a series of waves that offer the perfect friction for grinding spices and grains with the accompanying pestle.

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Image © Tino Seubert

08 Zone Denmark - Dry Art

For Zone Denmark, designer Lasse Sortkjær created a stylish unit of order for the kitchen. Dry Art consists of a washing up set—liquid dispenser, brush, and dishcloth dryer—in a neat container, and a smart tray for drying plates and glasses.

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Image © Zone Denmark

09 Ferm Living - Herb Box

Ferm Living has created a planter box for those of us living in tight confines that don’t allow for outdoor gardens. The ‘Herb Box’ is sized to fit on windowsills or in modest kitchen spaces with plants, and can be used alternatively as a storage unit in other rooms of the house.

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10 Alessi - Pulcina

Designed by Michele De Lucchi for Alessi, the Pulcina coffee maker is an aluminum artifact capable of producing the perfect espresso. The stove top cafetiere features a unique exterior and has a V-shaped spout designed to perfectly “stop the drop”, and is completed with a contrasting PA handle.

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Image © Alessi