Hot Commodoties May 2014

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words: nicole mcconnach | photo: kenny janosick

Grill Mate
Always choose smart design over quantity, especially when it comes to the grilling gear. The secret behind perfectly cooked burgers or diamond pattern marks on a steak is he who stands before the flame. Leave the drawer full of gadgets behind and grab all the necessities with one hand. The popsQtool’s two-part system combines a spatula with knife edge and bottle opener on one tool with a fork and grill scraper on the other. Put the two together to create tongs. This is multi-tasking at its finest. $50; popsqtool.com

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words: nicole mcconnach | photo: kenny janosick

Be Our Guest
A place setting should articulate itself in layers of style and function. Patterns, colors, mix-matched accessories…whether a Tuesday night dinner for 2 or a holiday eating odyssey for 12, every meal is a chance to make a lasting impression. The details signal to diners that the experience is a well-planned celebration, like the meal about to be shared. The latest trend is about contrasting colors (earthy with pop), stacking materials (wood with china) and blending motifs (in this case, Roman with Mediterranean with Far East).

Shown here:
Versace Iconic Heroes fine china mirrors the attention to ancient motifs and myths that are portrayed in the brand’s fashion line. Dinner plate, $125; salad plate, $90; bread and butter plate, $75. The Nambé silver Butterfly Bowl was designed by Richard K. Thomas in the 1950s. The multi-tasking dishware can be used for both cooking and serving, $100. Rosenthal’s Magic Flute fine porcelain sugar bowl portrays scenes from Mozart’s The Magic Flute on the golden lid, $274. All available at Park Avenue Gifts, Huntington, (855) 444-7596

Place settings:
Kim Seybert’s Sundial collection is a perfect combination of natural material and warm neutral tones. Coral distressed wood placemat, $50; white, coral and brown stitched napkin, $22; chainmail napkin ring with gold detailing, $25. Available at The Design Studio, Bridgehampton; (631) 537-1999 and Designers Choice Furnishings, Amityville, (631) 842-1770.