Fabulous Kitchen Gear
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Add some pizazz to your kitchen with these eye-catching appliances.
1. Pito Kettle by Frank Gehry for Alessi Quick, which is the more enticing question: “Would you like a cup of tea?” or “Would you like a cup of tea from my Frank Gehry-designed kettle?” The esteemed architect doodled fish drawings that spawned this eye-catching vessel ($450) with a mahogany whistle and grip that holds almost two liters. By the way, if the answer is the former, the reply is, “Get your own tea.” 313 N. Robertson Blvd., LA; alessi.com
2. Artisan Design Collection Stand Mixer by KitchenAid
Unlike the fridge or the microwave, the mixer is not exactly the workhorse of the kitchen. It’s more like the supermodel. It sits there looking gorgeous, but when pressed into duty, it dazzles. This five-quart stand mixer ($400) comes in a bevy of colors and has a tilting head and glass bowl that holds an average of nine cups of flour. With a 325-watt motor, it’s a beauty and a beast. macys.com
3. SodaStream Penguin Soda Maker
There is something about being served by a penguin that exudes savoir faire. Certainly the naturally tailored tux is involved, but it’s more than that. This mini carbonation factory ($200)--—perfect for the kitchen and bar--—turns regular old water into sparkling bliss for cocktails. It has a refillable carbon dioxide canister and offers more than 20 custom flavors. Penguins may seem reserved, but this one is quite bubbly. surlatable.com
4. Sink Caddy by simplehuman
The typical kitchen sink area is often littered with various scrub pads, sponges, brushes and soap bottles. But this unassuming little dynamo in brushed steel ($17) suction-cups to the sink wall, has a wire-ledge hanger for added security and contains removable plastic dividers to organize sponges for faster drying. Sink clutter is now one less issue for your life coach. simplehuman.com
PHOTOGRAPH BY JACQUELYN ALLEN (KETTLE)
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.