Modern Cookware, Old and New

By Kelsey Keith / Published by Dwell

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.

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

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. 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.)

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.

Wok with Lid, $370, part of Alessi's Domenica serving cookware collection by Elisa Giovannoni.

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

It's something every designer, design writer, and design collector wonders constantly: Will this piece of furniture I made/ hailed in print/ bought still be in vogue in ten (or fifty) years' time? Julie Lasky addresses the issue in this week's New York Times, asking curators and design-world luminaries to select what pieces they think are destined to become future classics. (We've done the same, as evidenced in our July/August issue.) And while what was namechecked in the Times article is mostly worthy—notably Konstanin Grcic's One chair for Magis, nominated by four the dozen people Lasky polled, we want to open the floor to other ideas. What do you think will represent our present era of design in 2050? A few experts weigh in.

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