Smart kitchenware from a Danish design store
We never really thought twice about our whisk. Then we saw Normann Copenhagen's newest offering ($14) and realized there was a more attractive, space-efficient way to beat our yolks.
Inspired by a pack of straws, the colorful beater is gathered in the middle with a ring that slides down to "close" the prongs for easy storage and functions as a hanging mechanism. Pretty smart, right?
Such is the case with just about every product from this Danish company that taps innovative designers for functional, aesthetically minded home goods.
The Rainbow Trivet ($20), for instance, is a sleek, award-winning alternative to your average metal version; the three sides fold together (into a rainbow) to save drawer space. Likewise, the Normann strainer ($50) and funnel ($21) are both durable enough to withstand extreme temperatures but collapse to the size of a single dish.
Other items simply improve upon age-old processes. We love the idea of doing dishes in this flexible rubber Washing-Up Bowl ($62), which stretches to the size of whatever you put in it (hence reducing the risk of breaking or dulling delicate tableware). Plus, it's handsome enough to use as a planter or storage bin.
Form and function never had it so good.