Spring’s Colour

Spring’s tableware, appliances and utensils tell a colour story of sunny and bright, or soft, grey-washed pastels — something for every kitchen, dining room and budget.

Colour not your story? The perennially stylish trio of black, white and stainless steel is always in fashion.

Bold and blue. Marseille the newest colour by Le Creuset, evokes the Mediterranean and the vivid foods the bustling port is known for: aioli, tapenade, bouillabaisse. Over 50 pieces in enamelled cast iron and stoneware are available in Marseille, $15 to $600. We found a good selection at Bella Casa.

The Zak Confetti recycled melamine bowls are sturdy enough for bread dough, beg to be filled with fresh popped corn or do double duty as a salad bowl. Dansk has them in four cheerful colours, dishwasher safe, oversize bowl $28, also in a set of four, $45.

Zak Flower Colander in several sprightly shades. We loved this bright
purple. $15.

Pretty as a pitcher Maxwell Williams polka dot jug looks ready for the beach, $30.

The Italian Centre had a stack of these pretty (and pretty useful) BIA Bowls in the window — like a cheery bouquet of flowers. They come in this season’s ice cream shades, ideal for waking up to everyday, and they’re inexpensive enough to buy one in every colour, $3.95.

Rosti from Denmark is known for useful melamine kitchen utensils in a Pantone chart of colours. Spoons, servers and ladles range in price from $3.50-$5. The classic Rosti bowl — your mother probably had a set — was designed by Danish designer Jacob Jense. All the goods are lightweight, durable, and shatter-resistant, in several sizes, in every shade.

Emile Henri’s easy to clean, ceramic cookware for roasting, baking, stove top cooking and the table comes in various shapes and sizes — au gratin dishes, rectangular casseroles, tagines, dutch ovens, fondue, even a salt pig. We love this crème brulee dish (good for all sorts of individual items by the way: pot pies, vegetables, potatoes Anna) in cheery Pamplemousse. $11

Kitchen Aid Artisan Mixer in rich boysenberry, at Hillaby’s Tools for Cooks. Artisan comes in a host of colours and they’re on sale now. Hillaby’s also carries Sambonet, exceptional stainless steel table accoutrements from Italy. Sambonet is known primarily as a high-end hotel supplier, and each piece is impeccably made. Three of their flatware designs are in the collection at MOMA.

Dualit toasters are still made by hand, in Britain no less, and signed by the assembler. If that alone doesn’t make one desire the toaster of royalty, the Vario model in stainless, with moody, mid-century pastel panels, is the toaster to covet. There’ll be no hiding this beauty in the appliance garage. At Hillaby’s: two slice $350, three slice $425, four slice $500.

Danesco‘s silicone whisks not only come in a host of colours, they are heat proof to 400ºF. Another advantage: food doesn’t stick to silicone, making clean up a breeze. $10.