The Zuriga espresso machine stands on a wooden table, which is illuminated through a window with sash bars.
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Fancy kitchen gadgets: 10 highlights for the kitchen

Susanne Loacker

Kitchen devices are usually put away as quickly as possible – because they are rarely really beautiful. But sometimes they can be. We think you should leave these fancy devices out to be admired.

1. Dishes: drain with style

The Alessi draining rack (from Connox for 104 francs, price on 24 August 2020) is more of a sculpture than a utensil. It’s almost a shame to put anything on it. Because paying attention to detail is worthwhile in the kitchen too – or even especially in this room of the house.

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2. Good mood mixer

The turquoise “Retro” hand mixer by Trisa (40 francs, available from Livique, price on 24 August 2020) puts you in a good mood – and is much too cheerful to be put away. Without the mixer, the kitchen suddenly appears dull and dreary.

3. Sharp retro design

The cutting machine from Berkel (available for 6,159 francs from Sibler, price on 24 August 2020) is a design classic. However, at 33 kilos (or even 65 kilos with a separate stand column) and a height of half a meter, it’s also a real heavyweight – one which even the children and grandchildren will still enjoy using. But the first to benefit are the guests, when you serve them freshly sliced Parma ham or salami.

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4. Espresso minimalism

The story reads like that of many start-ups: a few young people from Zurich couldn’t find an espresso machine that really suited them. So they made their own, reduced to the bare minimum – practically and visually. The team from Zuriga now consists of eight people – who still assemble each machine by hand. This one costs 1,480 francs (price on 24 August 2020).

The Zuriga espresso machine seen from above. A window with sash bars casts a heavy shadow around the machine.

Minimalism in its purest form: the espresso machine from Zuriga is reduced to the bare minimum.

5. Lemon squeezer from Mars?

The lemon squeezer by Alessi (from Connox, 70 francs, price on 24 August 2020) was designed by world-famous designer Philippe Starck in 1990. It really is meant for the kitchen – and not for a landing on Mars. The three-legged press is a real design object – and so easy to use.

The picture shows the silver, three-legged lemon squeezer by Philippe Starck. Next to it is a bowl of lemons.

Futuristic and cult at the same time: the lemon squeezer by Philippe Starck.

6. A knife showcase

Kuhn Rikon, the traditional company from the Zurich Oberland, is actually known for its pots and pans – especially the “Duromatic” pressure cooker. But other things are also made in the Töss valley. This transparent knife block, which actually deserves a much more airy name, shows six colorful knives from their sharpest sides. The transparent knife block from Kuhn Rikon costs 109 francs (price on 24 August 2020) – including the colorful knives.

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7. More than a toaster

A toaster in light pastel or Bauhaus style colors – in the chic retro design of the 50s. It immediately gives you the feeling of being in an American diner – and the toaster never has to disappear into the cupboard again. The chic retro look is available from Smeg at Galaxus for 139 francs (price on 24 August 2020). Pastel, cool, fifties: this toaster is anything but bland.

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8. For sparkling moments

A water carbonator is a good alternative for anyone who likes to drink sparkling water but prefers not to have to drag bottles around all the time. This is how tap water becomes sparkling water at the touch of a button. Modern, clear lines and with a metallic look: the simple Swedish design of the aarke water carbonator also visually enhances the kitchen. Next time you’re expecting visitors, you don’t have to hide the device – but can proudly present your fancy gadget. Digitec stocks the aarke water carbonator for 186 francs (price on 24 August 2020).

9. Enamel highlight

The oval cast iron roasting pan from Le Creuset is available in various colors from 139 francs (price on 24 August 2020). It is not only beautiful to look at, but also of very high quality. That’s not surprising: the traditional brand Le Creuset has been enameling cast iron since 1925 – and doesn’t limit itself to roasting pans, but also offers pots, pans and many other kitchen utensils.

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10. Colorful all-rounder

The KitchenAid Artisan kitchen machine is THE classic among kitchen machines – and brings the 50s back to life in every kitchen. The machine stirs and kneads – and, with the appropriate attachments, grates, juices and grinds too; a real all-rounder. When it comes to color, you are spoiled for choice – the collection ranges from pastel to Ferrari red and pearl white, so you are guaranteed to find your favorite color. The machine will also make a real impression on guests. At kitchenaid.ch the machine is available in different versions from 699 francs (price on 24 August 2020).

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Conclusion: practical and stylish

Not all kitchen gadgets have to look dull and boring – or even disfigure the whole kitchen. Some fancy specimens even enhance the room – and make a good impression on visitors. They make the kitchen practical and super stylish at the same time.

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