As cute as the other character-based home products we’ve featured are, they probably wouldn’t be around if it weren’t for the Gino Zucchino Sugar Dispenser by Guido Venturini ($21). The 1993 design was the first all Alessi product, and is part of Alessi’s “Family Follows Fiction” project - the project that set the stage for many character designs to work with.
We figured we would follow last week's aquarium sink with one that you might actually install in your home. Available in stainless steel or cast iron, the Kohler Pro CookCenter (from $2900) works just like a standard kitchen sink, but also speeds dinner up with the ability to do several water-based cooking tasks like steaming, boiling, poaching and simmering. The CookCenter also comes with stackable cookware, a cutting board and strainer.
This super modern all-in-one kitchen might not make sense for a family, but it's perfect for single apartment dwellers. Designed by Ferrari stylist Paolo Pininfarina for Snaidero, the Acropolis Kitchen ($TBA) is made of 100% recycled aluminum (and a lot of it) and features add-ons such as a computer monitor, cooktop, contemporary shelving, sink and utensil racks. [via Trendir]
They say variety is the spice of life. Well, this product will definitely keep you from getting bored with the same drink every morning. The Tassimo Hot Beverage System ($170; available in October) makes coffee, tea, espresso, hot chocolate, and cappuccino and latte with real milk — all at the touch of a button. Using "T-DISCs" of precisely measured ingredients and barcode technology to optimize the brewing time, temp and amount of water, the system brews a perfect single cup at a time. Smart.
The Aga Six-Four professional series stove (from $5000) has everything you'll need to deliver this year's Thanksgiving dinner on time and in style. It's got a cast-iron body that comes in 15 vitreous enamel colors, and enough burners and ovens for an army — 6 high-power gas burners, a conventional oven, a fully programmable convection oven, a simmering oven, and a ceramic broiler.