Inside Out (Australia)

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

- EDITED BY NATALIE JOHNSON & VIRGINIA JEN

the collection

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.

the essential

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.

the glass

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.

the detail

Olive green is having its moment, this time in the form of a tactile leather joinery handle. From $56, find it at mademeasur­e.com.

the linen

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.

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