Ever freak out over cross-contamination in your kitchen? These Index Chopping Boards ($85) are here to help. Color-coded for different food types (red/raw meat, white/cooked foods, blue/fish, green/fruits and veggies), all four boards are dishwasher safe, and are stored in a stylish vertical filing unit. Never again will you accidentally cut your limes on the same board as you cut your steaks.
Cheeky name aside, the UtiliTILE: Forked Up ($300) is a fun, functional addition to any kitchen. Part of the larger UtiliTILE: Dining series of lacquered wall tiles, Forked Up provides storage for your silverware, while making it look as if you've been practicing your knife-throwing skills. Magnets make sure everything stays in its place, and for those living in smaller homes, it's sure to open up some valuable drawer space.
You've made it. You're in the big city, living the dream. In an apartment the size of a small bathroom. With no kitchen in sight. Enter the Hansen Living Instant Kitchen ($TBD). This all-in-one unit contains everything you need — oven, gas jets, electric power, refrigerator and sink. Installation involves wrangling it up two flights of narrow stairs and hooking it up to a water supply and plugging it into an electric outlet. [via]
Nevermind the sleek looks of the brushed metal housing on the Breville Die-Cast Smart Toaster (2-slice 130; 4-slice $180) — it's the internal smart chip that provides its beauty. The chip automatically lowers bread into the toasting slots at a touch, regulates toasting time, and facilitates the ultra-handy lift-and-look function and the subsequent "a bit more" setting. Meanwhile, the blue LED panels illuminate to the selected setting on the variable browning control, acting as a toasting progress indicator. Basically, if you burn your toast using this, you have only yourself to blame.
Tired of overly-aggressive guest bartenders splashing your martinis all over the kitchen? Check out the Cocktail Shake-O-Matic ($55). This simple device combines retro looks with modern technology to automatically shake your drinks (up to 16 oz. at a time) for the perfect mix. A cool blue light provides ambiance while the shaker is doing its thing, acting like a beacon for all your thirsty houseguests.