Is your junk drawer brimming with cheap plastic spatulas and crummy kitchen gadgets? We get it: Good tools can cost a pretty penny, which means most of us hide our cheaper tools away, digging them out only when we need them. But new kid on the block Material is hoping to change that with their line of affordable kitchenware that’s so sleek, stylish, and functional, you’re going to want to keep it right where you need it — on your countertop.
“We started Material because we were frustrated with how hard it can be to buy and build out your kitchenware collection,” Eunice Byun, co-founder of Material, tells Brit + Co. “Most people today are either buying one-and-done tools that last a year or products that look like everything else on the market. We challenged ourselves to think about those irreplaceable staples you’ll reach for every day, for every meal. We looked to professional chefs, first-time cooks, and everyone in between to help us determine which multi-functional tools most people should have, and how we could design items that you’d be inspired by in your kitchen.”
Material’s offerings are minimal: Just the seven pieces that really matter. The Fundamental Kit includes an 8-inch knife, an almost-4-inch knife, tongs, a wood spoon, a metal spoon, a slotted spatula, and a base to hold it all in for $175. (The 8-inch knife can be purchased separately for $75.) That’s it; it’s pretty much a minimalist’s dream.
The functionality is just as critical as the looks. “Instead of simply a stainless steel spoon, our Metal Spoon holds exactly a quarter cup of liquid so that every four scoops equals one cup,” Byun says. “We also integrated certain things we love in the kitchen, like magnetic knife holders, into everyday items like the holder of all our tools.”
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