Design Trends, Ideas + Inspiration

Warm Wood and Metallic Accents for the Kitchen

Kitchens can often look cold and sterile as so many of them are decked out in white and stainless steel. Modern accessories can take a boring, lifeless kitchen and elevate it to a happy and fun place you won’t mind spending hours slaving away in while you cook and wash dishes.

Adding in a few elements, especially in warm woods and metals, can give your space a much cozier feel and here are a few ideas to get started.

Norm Wire Bowl from Menu A/S

A simple basket is a universal necessity whether you want to store fruits and veggies or some type of decor. The copper Norm Wire Bowl from Menu A/S was designed by Norm Architects and it’s not only super functional, it also looks so much better than a traditional basket.

Bash Vessels by Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon has a way with metals and the Bash Vessels are a perfect example of that. They’re solid brass that’s finished with a beautiful gold wash that highlights the paper-like quality of the forms. They’re then sealed with a food safe lacquer.

EM Hot Metal Vacuum Jug from Stelton

Erik Magnussen designed the EM Hot Metal Vacuum Jug, from Stelton, as an updated version of his 1977 classic. It’s now available in brass and copper, which are sweet editions to the original stainless model.

Aalto Serving Platter from Iittala

From Iittala comes the Aalto Serving Platter designed by Alvar Aalto in 1936. The oak wood’s fluid shape mimics that of the uneven shorelines of all the thousands of lakes found in Finland.

Avva Salt + Pepper Shakers from Teroforma

Thea Mehl’s Avva Salt + Pepper Shakers from Teroforma are minimalist yet their shape becomes even more dynamic when stacked and held together with their hidden neodymium magnets.

Jaime Derringer

Jaime Derringer

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk is a Jersey girl living the laid back life in SoCal. She dreams of designing textiles, running more than 8 miles + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, and drawing.

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