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Modern Cookware, Old and New

One of the best parts of working at Dwell is the neverending onslaught of modern home goods we get to see, from dishtowels to doorknobs to desktop speakers. And after wrapping up September's entertaining issue, we've had kitchens on the brain. Two recent cookware introductions have especially piqued my interest: one, a Danish modern classic re-introduced to the mass market courtesy of Crate & Barrel; the other, a brand-new collection of "serving" cookware from Alessi

Kobenstyle Casseroles

Top: Red 4-quart Kobenstyle casserole, $99.95 (on sale!). Bottom: Black 6-quart Kobenstyle casserole, $119.95 (also on sale!).

Crate & Barrel first teased us with the news of its re-introduction of Dansk Kobenstyle ceramic cookware back in June. The available products do not disappoint: six– and four-quart casseroles, a baking dish, and a butter warmer, all available in black, white or red.

Kobenstyle Bakers

Kobenstyle large bakers in white, black and red, $99.95 each.

The vintage line, which Jens Quistgaard designed for Dansk in 1956, is all over Ebay and Etsy (often in mod colorways like yellow, blue, orange, and brown) but this makes it much more accessible. That being said, we'd love to see that yellow colorway in a Crate & Barrel store near us... (Related: Here's the best way to clean somewhat-persnickety enamel cookware.)

Domenica Cookware Alessi

Time to dust off the cobwebs and throw out any of those rusting pots. Alessi's beautiful, sleek cooking pots are made of multiply (steel + aluminum + steel) with a stainles steel steamer basket and lids. Easy to assemble and wash, too.

Now for something new. This fall, Alessi is putting its Domenica serving cookware, designed by Elisa Giovannoni, on the market. The sleek, generously proportioned shapes are attractive enough to serve on a table, and the prices reflect that duality (between $70 and $340 retail). The pots are made of multiply (steel + aluminum + steel) and the steamer basket and lids are all stainless steel. Fun fact: Giovannoni named the line after the Italian word for "Sunday" to suggest a festive family meal.

Domenica Cookware Alessi Wok

Wok with Lid, $370, part of Alessi's Domenica serving cookware collection by Elisa Giovannoni. is your online home in the modern world. Join us as we follow our team around the globe on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Want more? Never miss another word of Dwell with our free iTunes app.