At Dwell, we are big fans of Food52, and can often be found browsing Provisions, its well-curated store of artisanal products, over our lunch breaks. Here, Food52 founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs share their favorite picks from the Dwell Store. Their selections, ranging from minimal sugar bowls to bright wireframe chairs, are both practical and pleasing additions to a kitchen (and beyond). Click through the slideshow to shop their favorite pieces.
"Finding better ways to store dry goods is always one of the biggest challenges for cooks," Stubbs says. "I really like these because they’re attractive, and you can see exactly what’s in them. I often find myself digging through my pantry because with plastic containers, you have to open them to find out what's inside. I like the visual variety of the wood stoppers."
"I’m on a lifelong search to find a perfect mug," Hesser says. "This one appeals to me because of the matte color—it's very simple and easy to hold. I like that it can crossover between tea and coffee. If I were choosing colors, I’d stick with the gray and cream. When it comes to food and drink, I try to shy away from color because I think the food should provide the color."
"I love the thin blue stripe—it reminds me of France," Stubbs says. "I think it’d be perfect for commuting in New York. For the subway, it’s thin enough that you’re not going to be bumping people. But you can still fit a lot of stuff in there—it’s a great size for a laptop."
"Whenever I’m having people over for dinner, I’m always looking for simple serving pieces," Hesser says. "I also happen to serve a lot of cured meats, so this naturally appeals to me. It’s a nice, solid piece that would last for decades."
"I see this concept—trying to mimic a plastic water bottle—in other places," Stubbs says. "But I like how this isn’t an exact replica of a water bottle. It takes that idea and makes it more into a design object. I think it would be great for a summer drink like a watermelon lemonade."
"I like lamps that are adjustable and utilitarian," says Hesser. "It’s hard to find a nice reading lamp. I’m a big fan of using real lamps in the kitchen, so I think this could be a great thing to have in the kitchen to make it feel like [an inviting] place."
"I have more sugar bowls than I care to admit," Stubbs says. "I drink my tea and coffee with sugar, so I always want to have a sugar bowl out, right next to the kettle. This is a really nice departure from the old-fashioned sugar bowls that I’ve been using for years."
"It’s hard to find a nice ice bucket—they tend to always be metal and shiny, or super expensive crystal," Stubbs says. "I love the idea of making it out of resin. Ice is really heavy already, and why not use something a little bit lighter than metal or glass?"
"This goes against the hard angles of a typical farm table," Hesser says. "There’s something about the way the legs angle to the ground that make it feel very welcoming. I can imagine eating dinner at it, but it also could be a backup workspace in your kitchen. You could mix it with vintage chairs and pieces from different eras."
"Thin, wiry steel chairs are comfortable to sit in and work both indoors and outdoors," Hesser says. "This one is elegant—I love the fan shape of the back. You can imagine the Farm Table paired with either [the green or yellow chairs]."