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THE HIT LIST Give your kitchen a taste of smart style with the latest and greatest products and ideas to try this month
What’s cooking on our kitchen wishlist this month
Since it was announced that Danish trendsetter Hay would be collaborating with its Nordic neighbour IKEA, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the results. Our picks of the bunch? The ‘Ypperlig’ table ($299) and ‘Ypperlig Monobloc’ chairs ($80 each), ikea.com.au.
the smart buy
With a 360-degree swivel spout and a brushed nickel finish, the ‘ Vido’ tap is sure to be a practical yet refined addition to an island bench sink. It’s $825, from Phoenix Tapware; visit phoenixtapware.com.au.
Perfect for everything from the morning cuppa to the afternoon pick-me-up, the streamlined Ferm Living ‘ Still’ teapot adds simplicity to your tea-time ritual. It’s $129 at designstuff.com.au.
For an extra bit of sparkle when it comes to this year’s festive tipple (or two), this hand-blown pretty-in-pink flute fits the bill perfectly. It’ll cost you $79/pair from Maison Balzac, maisonbalzac. com.
Olive green is having its moment, this time in the form of a tactile leather joinery handle. From $56, find it at mademeasure.com.
Don’t hide the beauty of a natural timber tabletop when you can highlight it with luxe linen placemats. A set of four is $65 from inbedstore.com.
yay or nay?
… having an island bench. Food writer and author, Julia Busuttil Nishimura, weighs in
The deal: My kitchen is an original 1960s space with rather minimal bench space and limited storage. The lack of space means most of my cooking and food preparation spills out onto the dining table, which is not always ideal.
The pros: Island benches can be a focal point in the kitchen and are not only aesthetically pleasing but functional, too, as they provide space and extra storage options. I also love the idea of being able to prepare dinner there while socialising with family and friends at the same time.
The cons: If your kitchen is small with not a lot of floor space, even though it’s tempting, adding in an island bench probably isn’t the best fit. An island bench is much better suited to open-plan kitchens that flow out onto a larger area.
The verdict: Yay! A well- designed functional island bench is an asset to most kitchens. If you have the space and budget, go for it! Julia’s first cookbook, Ostro ($ 44.99, Plum) is out now. Visit julia- ostro.com.