1. Spicy standing knife holder by Legnoart hides six rubber-handled stainless steel steak knives in an artful bundle of rubber sheaths, $175, at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
2. Philippe Starck used DuraCeram, a ceramic material developed to be impact resistant and able to withstand extremes of temperature, for his Starck K kitchen sink for Duravit, $1,465 to $2,290 (includes faucet), at Hydrology. The side piece accommodates any of four Starck K wooden cutting boards; the sink’s raised rim can support specially designed colanders.
3. Bulthaup’s b2 Poetic Analysis cabinet, in walnut or oak, can be customized to tidily stash all manner of dishes, glasses, cookware, and kitchen tools. With its doors closed, you’d never know what’s going on in there. Single and double cabinets are available; call Bulthaup for pricing.
4. Squeeze In citrus juicer in ceramic and ash by Jakob Heiberg for Legnoart, $120, at legnoart.com.
5. Time, pared to its essentials: Ora ceramic clock by Birgitte Due Madsen and
Jonas Trampedach for Kähler, $175, at urban-butik.com.
6. Pop Color stackable glazed-stoneware measuring cups, $19 for a set of four, at West Elm.
7. Also by Heiberg for Legnoart, Scrub ash cutting boards have nonskid silicone feet,
$70, $80, and $95, at legnoart.com.
8. Legnoart’s professional-grade limewood and stainless steel Millenium rolling kitchen cart, topped with Carrara marble, goes where you need it to go, $5,988, at legnoart.com.
9. Ann Sacks Paccha concrete tile makes a wall or floor boldly graphic,
from $21.12 per square foot, at Ann Sacks.
10. Two cooking surfaces—smooth on one side, ridged on the other—make this colorful Bodum Bistro electric table grill doubly useful. In red, orange, green, or black, $140, at bodum.com.
11. As convenient as paper towels but reusable, My Drap washable cotton luncheon napkins
($26 for a tear-off roll of 25) and placemats ($34 for a roll of 12)
are biodegradable and darned cute. At Williams-Sonoma.
12. Valcucine’s Artematica kitchen line combines clean modern forms with the warmth and texture of wood. In elm or walnut, with porphyry countertops. Call Valcucine for pricing.
13. Sagaform handblown glass oil and vinegar bottles with oak stoppers, $25 for a set of two, at Stitch.
14. Jorre van Ast’s contoured soft plastic dish drainer mat for RoyalVKB is designed so that water drains off its multileveled surface, $45, at I.D. Chicago.
15. Store-and-serve ceramic bread bin from Verdant has an olivewood lid
that doubles as a cutting board, $158, at Anthropologie.
16. Left to right: Beau Monde glass mosaic tile in Polly, from $125 per square foot, at Ann Sacks; Granada Bianco Carrara marble and glass tile, $95 per square foot, and
Big Band Silver glass mosaic tile, $40 per square foot, at Artistic Tile.
17. Lead-free brass faucet by Birgit Lohmann can be outfitted with a handle
in red, white, gold, chrome, or stainless steel, $950, at Hydrology.
18. Like magic: Hastings Absolutely Minimal wall-mounted enameled-steel sink has
a hidden drain and trap, thanks to a cool horizontal siphon, $4,500, at Hastings.
19. Sink an undermount sink in Furniture Guild’s Signature Collection Vaughan
48-inch-wide maple vanity (shown with Carrara marble top, $960).
It’s formaldehyde-free and made in the U.S., $3,095, at Community Home Supply.
20. Bisazza Bagno’s methacrylate tub sits in a sleek black polyurethaned wooden frame (shown with Carrara marble lids on three removable built-in storage containers), price upon request, at Bisazza.
21. Aimes overhead rain shower with LED lighting
powered by the motion of running water, $2,000, at Toto.
22. New from Chicago-based Milk Design: brushed stainless steel towel bar, $225,
hand towel ring, $200, and robe hook, $50, at Milk Design.
23. Marimekko Melooni polyester shower curtain, $55, at Crate & Barrel.
24. Duravit Onto ceramic tub in a waterproof plywood frame, inspired by Japanese deep-soaking tubs, is 55 by 31½ &by 22 inches, $2,585, at Hydrology.
25. Rock your bath: set of 16 soap stones, $7, at CB2
26. The traditional area rug gets a hip upgrade: bonded leather floor mats are treated to repel water and backed with Neoprene to insulate them from cold floors, $976 to $9,600, at Antonio Lupi.
Photography: (11) Leonard Gertz
Ann Sacks, Merchandise Mart, 312-923-0919, annsacks.com. Anthropologie, 108 N. State St., 312-899-0969, anthropologie.com. Antonio Lupi, 516 N. Wells St., 312-329-1550, antoniolupichicago.blogspot.com. Artistic Tile, Merchandise Mart, 312-670-0612, artistictile.com. Bisazza, 226 W. Kinzie St., 312-329-1350, bisazza.it. Bodum, bodum.com. Bulthaup, 165 W. Chicago Ave., 312-787-9982, chicago.bulthaup.com. CB2, 800 W. North Ave., 312-787-8329, cb2.com. Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Ave., 312-922-3432, caf.architecture.org. Community Home Supply, 3924 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-281-7010, communityhomesupply.com. Crate & Barrel, 1864 N. Clybourn Ave., 312-787-4775, crateandbarrel.com. Hastings, Merchandise Mart, 312-527-0565, hastingstilebath.com. Hydrology, 435 N. LaSalle St., 312-595-9500, hydrologychicago.com. I.D. Chicago, 3337 N. Halsted St., 773-755-4343, idchicago.com. Legnoart, legnoart.com. Milk Design, 2220 S. Halsted St., 312-563-6455, milkdesign.net. Stitch, 1723 N. Damen Ave., 773-782-1570, stitchchicago.com. Toto, 500 N. Wells St., 312-661-0876, totousa.com. Urban Butik, urban-butik.com. Valcucine, Merchandise Mart, 312-755-0356, valcucinechicago.com. West Elm, 1000 W. North Ave., 312-867-1770, westelm.com. Williams-Sonoma, 900 N. Michigan Ave., 312-587-8080, williams-sonoma.com.