Born in Vyborg, Finland, Kaj Franck (1911-1989) is considered the conscience of Finnish design. He removed everything excessive in his designs, leaving only the essentials.

Bread basket

Founded in 1921 by Giovanni Alessi, Alessi is a manufacturer of housewares and kitchen utensils, mostly known for their dreadful ‘designer’ objects.

Push bin

Founded in 1867 by M. Westermann as Westermann & Co., Wesco is the manufacturer of the most iconic push bin, the Pushboy.

Raclette set

Founded in 1946 by the Spring brothers in Switzerland, home of fondue, raclette and other monstrosities you cook at the dining table, Spring International is the manufacturer of the most iconic fondue set.

Wine glass

Founded in 1756, Riedel is an Austrian glassware manufacturer, best known for its glassware designed to enhance different types of wines.

Clothes iron

Founded in 1884 by Robert Weintraud as a manufacturer of office supplies and smoking accessories, Rowenta is a manufacturer of small household appliances, mostly known for its clothes irons.


A passe-vite, or a food-mill, is a food preparation utensil for mashing and sieving soft foods. It bridges the gap between a sieve and an electric blender.

Toastie maker

Founded in 1932 by Bill O’Brien and Harry Norville, Breville is an Australian manufacturer of small home appliances, credited with having invented the original sandwich toaster.


Designed in 1953 by material researcher and civil engineer Herbert Krenchel, the iconic Krenit bowl is a perfect example of good Danish design.

Cocktail shaker

Founded in 1921 by Giovanni Alessi, Alessi is a manufacturer of housewares and kitchen utensils, mostly known for their dreadful ‘designer’ objects.

Vacuum jug

Founded in 1958 by Niels Stellan Høm and Carton Madelaire, Stelton is a Danish design company, best known for producing stainless steel tableware.

Soda syphon

Founded in 1896 as Aerators Ltd., Sparklets makes the most iconic soda syphons in the world. Sparklets came up with a gas bulb that could add bubbles to still water.


Founded in 1908 by Albert Dupuy, La Cornue is a French manufacturer of top of the range stoves. Their first oven was called Rôtisseuse-Pâtissiere La Cornue, which ran on a new type of gas that was used in Paris.

Tea towel

Founded in 1807 by Henricus van den Acker, Van den Acker is one of the few Dutch weaving mills that successfully serves the worldwide market with its own collections. At this moment the sixth generation runs the company.

Wand mixer

In 1950 Roger Perrinjaquet invents an entirely new type of kitchen appliance. He applies for a patent for a hand-held kitchen appliance, which describes the worlds first wand mixer.

Flatware (classic)

Founded in 1830 by Charles Christofle, when he took over the jewelry workshop of his wife’s family, Christofle is a manufacturer of fine silver flatware and home accessories.