Best kitchen gear and accessories for 2016

Our guide to the coolest kitchen gadgets to buy in 2016, from an embossed pitcher to a cheese curler and Copenhagen dinner plates

Want to know the next big thing in the foodie world? olive’s food and drink trends for 2016 will help you stay in the know about the biggest emerging trends.


My Star Warhols C3PO framed print

When Star Wars met Warhol. A classic print reimagined. £47, redcandy.co.uk 

warhols print

Super bowl

Tonale bowl in stoneware by David Chipperfield for Alessi. A new colour for spring/summer from this design powerhouse means you can now eat your cereal in serious style. £14.50, alessi.com 

super bowl

It’s just a little blush

Embossed pitcher, blush. You could fill it with water or… you could fill it with margarita. No judgement. £22, coxandcox.co.uk

Pitcher Jug

Model behaviour

Melody Rose, The Models Coffee Pot. You’ve heard of bulletproof coffee but how about a nude cup of Joe? £72.50, amara.com 

models coffee pot

Divide and conquer

Divided plate, dark blue. Made in Portugal, this beautiful, unique ceramic will satisfy the bento urge in you. £14, minorgoods.com 

divided plate blue

Mellow yellow

Broste Copenhagen dinner plates. Sunshine plates for spring salads. £14.85 each, brostecopenhagen.co 

Broste Copenhagen dinner plates

Big cheese

Boska Geneva Cheese Curler. What’s more fun than eating cheese? Curling cheese, that’s what. Use with hard varieties such as Tete-de-Moine, Petit Basque and Edam. £35 waitrosekitchen.com 

Boska Geneva Cheese Curler

East-ward ho!

East London Food, written by Rosie Birkett, published by Hoxton Mini Press. This new bible on the achingly cool East London food scene comes in three (trendy, natch) shades of pink, green and grey. A must-read for in-the- know hipsters and a beautiful addition to any kitchen counter. £26, hoxtonminipress.com

east london food book

Copper feel

Small copper tray. Cocktails taste better served from this. Actual fact. £33.95, howkapow.com 

small copper tray

Like a glove

Dorrit double oven glove. Thought Joules just did fashion? The homeware range is worth a gander too. £14.95,  joules.com

Dorrit double oven glove

Disco nap(kin)

Two trace-printed organic cotton Autumn ink napkins. Hand silk-screen printed, these organic cotton napkins not only look good but were produced in a planet-friendly way, too, which we like. £16, bouf.com

disco napkin

Pug life

Pug salt & pepper set. Do we really need to explain? £20, joythestore.com

salt and pepper pugs

Push pineapple

Two pineapple shot glasses. May your pineapple cup always runneth over. £26.95, ohhdeer.com

pineapple shot glasses

That’s amora

Amora mug navy. A simple, calming design that is perfect for your daily brew. £4, sainsburys.co.uk

amora mug navy

The wire

Retro orange fruit bowl. Let your favourite fruits breathe in this super-stylish bowl. £8, next.co.uk

retro orange fruit basket

Wake up (bam)boo

Coral colour pop bamboo display bowl. Colour blocking meets natural materials in this handcrafted bamboo bowl. £16, oliverbonas.com

bamboo bowl

Green giant

Sintra 12-piece dinnerware set. Just because it’s cool to not match doesn’t mean you can’t be complementary. £95, habitat.co.uk

Sintra 12-piece dinnerware set

Bowled over

4 Falcon 12cm enamel bowls. Use for salads, sides, or individual pies because, you know, these are multitasking little bowls. £34, falconenamelware.com

Falcon 12cm enamel bowls


Cards/stationery. Say it with food. A range of cards and stationery taking inspiration from the edible. Personalised options available. From £3.50, papier.com

avocuddle stationery


4 Ferm Living brass napkin rings. Danish design in action. Time to up your table dressing game. £44, boroughkitchen.com

brass napkin rings

Ppppick up a…

Penguin cocktail shaker and ice bucket. Just add ice. And booze. Definitely booze. £35 & £55, grahamandgreen.co.uk

penguin cocktail shaker

Morning fix

Large mug. We like those kinds of odds. For whenever you need a fix: coffee, tea, whatever. £10, typo.com

morning fix mug

Chop chop

Wild and Wolf mini modern wooden chopping board. This chopping board is handmade from eco-friendly raw materials and, even better, it’s handsome enough to leave out on the kitchen counter, too. £27.95, minimoderns.com

wild an dwolf chopping board

Tasty slice

MUJI pop-up toaster. Deliciously minimal. £59.95, muji.eu

tasty slice toaster

Tray tray

Katie Alice pretty retro birchwood tray. A summery drinks tray from British designer Katie Alice, inspired by trips to Stockholm. £17, english-table.com

Katie Alice retro birchwood tray

Tea total

Moroccan tealeidoscope iced green teapot. Make tea time a ritual again with this colourful pot, complete with a loose-leaf strainer inside. £50, t2tea.com

Moroccan tealeidoscope iced green teapot

Blank canvas

Denby natural canvas textured large mug. Hey good lookin’. Still as stylish now as the iconic ’60s design it was inspired by. £14, stockists at denby.co.uk

Denby natural canvas textured large mug

The ring

Jenny Winscombe Party Rings CushionParty Rings immortalised. Available in two sizes. From £41.99, redcandy.co.uk

Party Rings CushionParty

Totally tropical

24Bottles Carioca Urban Bottle With a mouth big enough to take ice cubes, and tropical stainless steel shell, these limited-edition bottles are all you need for summer drinking on the hoof. Around £20, selfridges.com, conranshop.co.uk

Carioca Urban Bottle

Prints charming

Set of 4 SARAHK napkins A new range, available in pink, blue and green, these napkins are block-printed by hand in Rajasthan. £24, sarahk.co.uk

SARAHK napkins

Art of glass

4-Pack Spring Blooms Champagne Flutes Rose quartz is Pantone’s colour of the year – channel it with these pretty flutes and maybe a drop of pink fizz… £25, marksandspencer.com

Spring Blooms Champagne Flutes

Whale of a time

Whale Serving Set For those that consider salad rabbit food, we challenge you not to get excited about the green stuff with these carved mango wood servers. £18, anthropologie.com

whale serving set


Al Fresco Provence Melamine Plate Set of 4. Ditch the paper plates. Just because you’re packing up a picnic needn’t mean you compromise on style. £17.95, souschef.co.uk

Provence Melamine Plate Set

Pineapple float

Sunnylife Inflatable Pineapple. Admittedly this probably isn’t suitable for the kitchen, but if you’re packing up for your holidays nothing says “goodbye 9 to 5, hello sunshine” quite like a blow-up fruit lilo, does it? £45, johnlewis.com

inflatable pineapple

Breakfast club

Hokolo stackable ceramics. Mix and match with this contemporary bone china collection from British designer Jen Taylor and ceramicist Keith Brymer-Jones. From £10 each, hokolo.com; makeinternational.com

Hokolo contemporary bone china

Eat the rainbow

The Lab by Pyrex. Customisation is big news for 2016, and now you can even personalize your pans. Reliable Pyrex engineering – forged aluminium, three layers of non-stick coating and a soft-touch handle – with the colour combo of your choosing. Magic. From £20, pyrexuk.com

pyrex rainbow pan

You’ve been served

Tropical platter. You know you’re a proper grown-up when you start serving food on platters. (In case you aren’t though, fear not, this one is made of melamine and so is virtually indestructible). £8, sainsburys.co.uk

tropical flamingo platter

Cold as ice

Root7 Whiskey Wedge. Ice is ice, right? Wrong. Ice is a crucial ingredient in many cocktails – it’s about getting the level of dilution right. This gadget means your ice will melt more slowly, meaning less dilution and more flavour. And, it looks cool. £14.99, root7.com

cold glass root7

Double trouble

Set of 2 vintage dining chairs. Built to cope with the intense weather conditions of Oz, these aluminum chairs laugh in the face of the British summer. Available in a range of colours. £129, outandoutoriginal.com

vintage dining chairs

Cookie monster

Large Cactus Storage Jar. Hand-painted prickles, courtesy of the clever folks at Anouk in Amsterdam. What more could you want? £24.95, howkapow.com

cactus storage jar

Born to grill

Le Creuset Signature Cast-Iron Grillit The Brazilians know how to grill, and the new Vida Brazil range from Le Creuset is just the ticket for days when the weather isn’t up to an outdoor BBQ. £99, lecreuset.co.uk

Le Creuset Signature Cast-Iron Grillit

Trivet pursuit

Vertex trivet. Thought trivets weren’t sexy? Think again! This iron-wire, copper-plated number is a thing of (admittedly quite niche) dreams. Available from 22 July. £4.49, harbourliving.co.uk

vertex trivet


Green Marble and Wood Cutting Board. A chopping/presentation board that looks as good as the food you’ll want to serve on it. £20, curiousegg.com

mable and wood chopping board

Go fish

Mud Australia Pebble Bowl Large. Nigella Lawson’s a fan of this Aussie brand – and if it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for us. Because this bowl is made from porcelain it can be used in the oven, microwave and dishwasher. From £99, mudaustralia.com

pebble bowl


Donny Dachshund Corn-Cob Holder. Nothing to see here. Just a sausage dog assisting the clean nibbling of some corn. Perfectly normal. £12.95, grahamandgreen.co.uk

corn dog

Feeling fruity

Tote bag. Well what else would you carry all your shiny new kitchen bits in? £7.99, hm.com

Pineapple tote bag- £7.99

Midas touch

M&S Chef range That clever lot at M&S launched their own cookware range this year, and we can’t get enough of the 40-or-so beautiful pots, pans, utensils and more they have to choose from. Each has been tested by its in-house chefs, and they look the part too. From £9.50, marksandspencer.com

Oh, wooden I

Brass inscription trays. It’s time to look at remortgaging your home people. The new AW collection at Anthropologie is here, and you will want to buy everything. £118, anthropologie.com

ú118 Brass Inscription Tray - Round

Copper feel

Hammered copper cataplanasBecause who doesn’t need a pan that looks like a giant clam in their cupboard? Seriously though, what’s not to love about this traditional pan from Portugal? £59.95, divertimenti.co.uk

Copper pan

Champagne supernova

Paul Hollywood pastry cutters. If GBBO’s baking badger has taught us one thing, it’s that everyone likes a good rise. And if you want your scone to stand to attention, you need a swift tap on a good cutter, which is where this new stainless steel set, in a champagne finish, from the master baker himself comes in. £7, waitrosekitchen.com

Paul Hollywood's baking kit

Fix up, look sharp

Tom Kerridge knife range. Tom Kerridge knows his onions, and his knives, and he’s worked with Samuel Staniforth’s of Sheffield to create this latest range. With a lifetime guarantee and unique compressed denim handles and brass inlays, these are swish. From £85, tomkerridge.com

TK Santoku Knife

Excuse my French

Merde linen tablecloth. That’s one way to make a statement… Complementary napkins also available, if this tablecloth didn’t make itself clear enough. £375, summerillandbishop.com

Gold Merde cloth

Gold rush

Gold wire dish rack. If you’re going to have a kitchen full of beautiful things, you need something equally lush to drain them
on, after washing up, yes? £29, redcandy.co.uk

Gold wire dish rack

Light it up


Pylon Candelabra. We love this design by Tom Dixon, and not just so we can say candelabra out loud, honest. Candelabra. Feels good doesn’t it? £107, madeindesign.co.uk

Pylon Candelabra