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What we saw at Salone del Mobile 2018

Last week, AN visited the Italian design capital to see the newest releases by brands and designers. We highlight a few more of our favorites finds from Salone del Mobile and its EuroCucina exhibition, as well as a few satellite shows, below. 

The designer Sebastian Wrong (Gabrielle Golenda/AN)

Filigrana Light (Courtesy Established Sons)

Filigrana Light
Established Sons

Sebastian Wrong’s Filigrana Light for Established Sons recalls glass making traditions from the 16th century. The orb is made by highly skilled artisans who spiral filigree stripes, continuously rotating the glass to and blowing it to make the final shape.

(Courtesy Ercol)

(Courtesy Ercol)


Icelandic designer Hlynur V. Atlason designed Ercol’s first commercial collection of modular furnishings. The series presents a whimsy, colorful new take on the British brand’s hardwood furniture aesthetic based on the Windsor chair. Comprising a chair, an armchair, a work chair outfitted with a student-like arm-desk, a bench/coffee table hybrid, and a magazine table, each piece can be combined for various working environments.

(Courtesy Poliform)


Debuting at EuroCucina, this new kitchen model was shown in four configurations to showcase the five new finishes in oak,  glass, extra dark marble, metallic brushed lacquer, and Dekton Calacatta. The series includes a modular stainless steel and glass island system, two snack tables, stools designed by Jean-Marie Massaud, customizable backsplash/wall unit storage, extra-tall to-the-ceiling cabinetry, an extractible steel shelf/work surface, and a range of sliding worktop accessories.

(Courtesy Alpi)

(Courtesy Alpi)

Kengo Kuma

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma worked with the Italian wood surfaces outfitter to create a collection that accentuates the woodgrains of maritime pine and Japanese cedar. The grain itself becomes a stylized trope of aesthetic articulations of the material. The Japanese cedar is adorned with smooth, vertical texturing; meanwhile, the pine is characterized by the bark-like shapes split between deep cracks.

(Courtesy Snaidero)

(Courtesy Snaidero)


Soft curves form human-centered, ergonomic base units for islands and peninsulas in this kitchen. The LED-lit structural framework outlines fluid surfaces integrated throughout, highlighting the integrated spaces that blur the boundaries between cooking, storage, and entertaining.

(Courtesy Roberto Cavalli Home)

(Courtesy Roberto Cavalli Home)

Sculptural Glass Vases
By Paul Surridge for Roberto Cavalli Home

Inspired by the fashion house’s infamous animal patterns, the swirling configuration laced around the vessels emulates leopard, zebra, giraffe, and snake motifs abstracted as tactile, textured cladding. The series of ten sculptural glass vases were handmade by Tuscan glass masters and then produced by Arnolfo di Cambio, the glass manufactured established in Colle Val d’Elsa in 1945.

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Macy’s recalls 121000 Martha Stewart cookware sets for injury hazard

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Macy’s department stores will recall 121,000 Martha Stewart cookware sets because the metal discs that cover the frying pan’s rivets can pop off and hit consumers, posing an injury hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday.

The recall involves 10-piece stainless steel cookware sets, available between January 2011 and September 2015 for about $170 at Macy’s and $90 at military exchanges, the CPSC said. The agency advised that consumers immediately stop using 8- and 10-inch frying pans from the cookware set, after three injuries were reported from the flying metal disks.

“The recall was voluntary based on information provided by Macy’s to the CPSC as a precaution for the safety of our customers,” Macy’s spokesman Jim Sluzewski told CNBC. “We have cooperated fully with the CPSC and are prepared to serve customers who return the recalled pans for refund or replacement.”

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You can get a store credit for the full value of the two frying pans by returning them to Macy’s, according to the agency. Military exchange customers can return the pans for a full refund.


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9 simple organization tools to declutter any kitchen

Got a drawer filled with kitchen utensils, lids that fall out of cabinets when you open them and stacks of mail you haven’t looked through? Join the club!

Since kitchen clutter can make spring cleaning seem impossible, TODAY Home asked organization experts and chefs for simple tips and inexpensive gadgets that help keep kitchens in order. They focused on the most common problem areas for many home cooks.

1. Rubbermaid Brilliance Pantry Airtight Containers, $51, Amazon

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“There is a real enjoyment in opening your cabinet and seeing uniform containers clearly labeled and organized,” said professional home and office organizer Rachel Brecher, who is the co-founder of JR William, a company that makes acrylic trays and boxes. “Cereal, flour, beans, kids’ snacks, coffee and even tea bags are all products that should be put into canisters and labeled.”

Clear, airtight, stackable bins like these from Rubbermaid make it easy to see the contents inside at a glance, keep foods fresher longer and can be used to create upward storage when kitchen space is limited. The BPA-free containers come in a set of 20, ranging from a half-cup to nearly 20-cup containers.

2. mDesign Refrigerator and Freezer Storage Organizer Bins, $30, Amazon

“Clear Storage is a must,” said Amanda Walker, a certified nutrition coach who blogs at “When fruits, vegetables and other food items are visible, their colors can increase your senses, thus increasing the likelihood of their consumption.”

The mDesign storage bins are designed to organize clutter, contain messes and allow cooks to easily see what’s in the refrigerator and freezer. The four-piece storage set comes with an egg holder, condiment caddy and narrow and wide bins.

3. YouCopia StoreMore Adjustable Cookware Rack, $20, Amazon

“Lids for pots and pans can be annoying,” said Claudia Sidoti, head chef and recipe developer at the meal delivery service HelloFresh. “Depending on the size of your kitchen, I like adjustable lid racks that sit inside a cabinet to keep things in order! Having them all visible makes it easier to find everything you need to start cooking.”

The YouCopia rack also stores pans, trays, cutting boards and baking sheets. No installation is required. Here are some other YouCopia products we love.

4. Blu Monaco Mail Organizer, $25, Amazon

Do you bring in mail and set it on the counter never to be looked at again? “The kitchen often ends up being a major clutter zone for mail, magazine recipe tear-outs and even stacks of old newspaper,” said feng shui expert Tisha Morris, author of “Clutter Intervention: How Your Stuff Is Keeping You Stuck.” “This can quickly lead to a desire to not even go into the kitchen or use it to eat healthier meals and spend time with the family.”

She advises tossing anything that’s been sitting out for six months or more. “If it’s necessary to keep, put it away in an organizer or mount a drawer under a cabinet for storage,” she suggested, using a product like the Blu Monaco Mail Organizer, which can be mounted on a wall and also has hooks for keys and other things.

5. Kapoosh Bamboo Knife Block in Bamboo, $35, Bed, Bath Beyond

Storing knives in a drawer can be a dangerous habit that’s also bad for knives, said chef Robert Ramsey of the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City.

“As the clutter builds, it’s easy to cut yourself when you reach in the drawer to grab a knife,” he added. “It also dulls the blades by allowing the knives to rub together. My favorite storage solution is a universal knife block that can hold any size knife, because it doesn’t have slots,” he explained, recommending the Kapoosh Bamboo Knife Block as his top option.

6. Joseph Joseph Nest Utensils Set, $25 (usually $28), Amazon

“It’s 2018 and almost every major brand has space-saving versions of their products,” said Brecher, recommending the Joseph Joseph nest utensils set. Buying these space-saving versions of products can help avoid clutter in drawers and on counters in kitchens with limited storage space.

This creative set of kitchen tools uses a magnetic handle to hold a slotted spatula, spaghetti server, slotted spoon, solid spoon and ladle together. Plus, it’s dishwasher-safe.

7. Bamsira Bamboo Kitchen Drawer Dividers, $30, Amazon

Messy drawers pose a problem in many kitchens.

“Create a system in your large utensil drawer the same way you do with your silverware,” said Kirsten Fisher, founder and CEO of Imagine Home Organization. “Slotted spoons and spatulas tend to get unruly when not provided boundaries. I use bamboo drawer dividers to create sections for each type of utensil,” she said, suggesting the Bamsira bamboo kitchen drawer dividers, which comes in a set of four.

8. Deli Containers, $17, Amazon

Taming Tupperware with mismatched lids can also be a common challenge. “In restaurants we don’t use Tupperware, we use recyclable plastic ‘deli containers,’” explained Ramsey. “They are cheap, clear and completely standard in size; no more searching for the right top, because there is only one size and shape!”

He said the containers they use — like this set of 50 — range from 8 to 32 ounces, stack easily and can be reused five to 10 times. “You can see what’s inside, and if you send a friend home with leftovers, you never have to worry about tracking down your missing Tupperware,” he said.

9. JR William Modern Decor Acrylic Tray, $45, Amazon

“Dish soaps, hand soaps, moisturizer (for after you wash) and a diffuser all have a great reason for being on your kitchen counter,” said Brecher. “But they can’t be running wild! Use a tray to corral those runaway must-haves.” She recommends the JR William medium tray as a stylish way to maintain order for sink accessories.

For a less expensive option, try the Libman sink caddy (Amazon, $18), which is designed to store Libman-sized sponges, dish wands and brushes in one unit that can be hung on or placed in the sink, and has ventilation holes to help the tools dry more quickly.

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From dump to golf course: Transformation of Harbor Shores

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Today in Gear: An American-Assembled Field Watch, Herman Miller’s Next Great Office Chair and More

A Look Back at the Gear We Discovered This Week

A week’s worth of product news, reviews and buying guides, all in one place.

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Flaming cheese sets off sprinklers at Baltimore’s Cava Mezze restaurant; video goes viral

Diners at Cava Mezze learned there is such a thing as too much cheese when four flaming cheese dishes set off the sprinkler system at the Harbor East restaurant last week.

About a dozen international colleagues from Oath, a digital media company owned by Verizon, were having dinner at Cava Mezze Tuesday night, when they were enjoying the restaurant’s saganaki (flaming cheese). They were among the last tables in the restaurant when they placed an order for four of the cheese dishes.

“We originally ordered four. It was an incredible show, and they tasted amazing,” Matt Gillis, senior vice president of publisher platforms for Oath, said in an email. “So, we doubled down and ordered another four!”

A video by James Hughes, another guest in the group and director of publisher sales for Oath, shows servers igniting the four skillets at once. Seconds later, a sprinkler directly overhead unleashes a torrent of water, dousing the flames and the servers.

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Nonstick Cookware Market – Witness Spurring Opportunities as Companies Use Newer and Safer Coating Materials …

Non-stick is the surface which is coated with a synthetic polymer called Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) or with ceramic, anodized aluminum, enameled iron which decreases the ability of other materials to stick to it. The term Teflon coating has become synonymous with Non-stick coating in the market. Hence, the cookware is mostly addressed as teflon coated cookware. Non-stick cookware includes fry pan, sauce pan, and stock pots. Non-stick cookware allows the browning of foods without letting the food stick to the pan.

Online Segment Emerges as Faster Distribution Channel

On the basis of distribution channel, market is divided into online and offline. Purchases are expanding their business globally through online channel also, individual are adopting online purchasing behavior due to lack of time. As result of, online segment is the faster growing segment during the forecast period. There are various types of Non-stick cookware and they are coated with different coating such as Teflon coated, anodized aluminum coated, ceramic cookware, enameled iron coated and others.

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Surface of the cookware which is coated with a synthetic polymer called Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is known as Teflon coating. Increasing focus on health and safety on overall operations in an organization and demand for improved and new products are anticipated to drive the growth of the Non-stick cookware market during the forecast period. The increasing need of safety and convenient cooking have forced many organizations to manufacture cookware which are coated. Furthermore, high demand for ceramic and Teflon coated Non-stick cookware is projected to increase the demand for Non-stick cookware market. The global Non-stick cookware market was valued at US$ 17,363.2 Mn in 2016 and is forecast to expand at a CAGR of 4.1% from 2017 to 2025, reaching a value of US$ 24,696.0 Mn in 2025.

For a surface to become Non-stick, the underlying layer is first roughened to support adhesion, and a number of layers of PTFE are sprayed or rolled on it. It is this number of layers and the quality of the material used in the coating which determines the quality and durability of the coating on the Non-stick cookware. The better the quality of the materials used, the lesser the chances of the coating peeling off. The better quality helps in keeping the Non-stick property of the cookware intact. In order to make anodized aluminum coated cookware, the aluminum is subjected to very high voltage and lower temperature in an electrolytic solution where aluminum is used as an Anode. This results in a hard and durable coating. In enamel coating, the substrate used for the cookware is coated with a porcelain material by firing the porcelain in powdered form on the substrate’s surface at a high temperatures which fuses into a smooth and durable coating on the surface. In seasoned cookware, the surface is coated with a very thin layer of oil and the oil is polymerized to the surface with the usage of high heat for a particular time period. This results in a Non-stick coating on the surface of the cookware

Asia Pacific Market to Witness Promising Growth in Coming Years

According to geography, the market is segmented into five regions namely North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa and South America. Europe led the Non-stick cookware market in 2016 and is expected to grow at a good pace throughout the forecast period from 2017 to 2025. The primary drivers for the growth of Non-stick cookware market in North America region are demand for safe and innovative cookware. Asia Pacific region is anticipated to experience promising growth in the Non-stick cookware market during the forecast period. This is mainly due to high demand for innovative cookware and developing lifestyle of people living in urban areas.

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Over the last few years, consumers have changed they preference for cookware than earlier. Traditional approach is getting replaced with new and innovative approach which is cost controlled along with quality and efficiency. This is the main objective of Non-stick cookware market. Major Non-stick cookware market players profiled in the report include Berndes, Scanpan, Le Creuset, Circulon, Calphalon (Newell Brands LLC), Moneta Cookware, Gibson Brands, Inc., Farberware Licensing Company, LLC, Anolon, Cuisinart, T-fal, and All-Clad, NeoFlam, TTK Prestige limited, Tramontina, Regal Ware, Inc., PT Maspion, NuWave LLC, Meyer Corporation, Group SEB, Denby Pottery, Bradshaw International, Inc., Conair Corporation Hawkins Cookers Limited.

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