Need an oven that will be ready at a moment's notice and still look great next to your grand piano and guitar? Then you need an AGA Total Control Cooker ($TBA). This electric cooker is controlled by a touch screen panel hidden behind one of the four front doors, and lets you operate the boiling plate, simmering plate, roasting oven, baking oven, and simmering oven independently, saving you money and energy, all while keeping its old world cred.
Every cook — excuse us, chef — knows the value in having a kickass faucet — and that perfectly describes the Blanco Master Gourmet Faucet ($925). Sporting a lovely modern design, it features a sleek arc tap and lever on one side, and a commercial pull-down all metal pressure sprayer on the other, as well as a solid brass body in either a satin nickel or chrome finish. If you're short on space, there's a smaller version that eliminates the tap.
Not all coffee drinkers prefer the amped-up taste of Starbucks and the like. The Hario Cold Water Coffee Dripper ($265) uses the cold-drip method — which involves slowly dripping cold water through finely ground beans — to create a full-flavored concentrate that can be used to make hot cups o' joe, iced beverages, or coffee-tinted epicurean delights, without the acidity and bitterness of traditionally-brewed coffee, and without using a single drop of electricity.
What's better than having a brand-new, retro-style refrigerator? Having one with a beer tap built in. The Northstar Brew Master Refrigerator ($3,000-$5,300) comes in three styles — 1950, 1951, and 1952 — and arrives fresh from the factory with a through-the-door draught system pre-installed, including the tap dispenser, coupler, connections, CO2 cylinder, and drip tray. As a bonus, you can choose to have it set up for your preferred keg style, letting you decide how much usable refrigerator is left over.
It's a funny thing: architects are often times as good or better at creating common household objects as they are at designing buildings. One example is the Norm Tea Kettle ($80). Designed by Norm Architects — what, did you think it was named after George Wendt's character from Cheers? — this clear glass kettle lets you see the brewing process in action, while the built-in stainless steel steeper with silicone string keeps making the tea as simple as drinking it.