Pots of Style

September 4, 2008

Villeroy & Boch Home Elements

Her bags are packed, she’s ready to go. My baby sister’s moving to singledom in a new city, and she can hardly wait to do up her own digs in designer style.

Home Elements

The matriarch’s offers of stainless-steel dabbas and cast-iron kadhai-karchchi were firmly shot down by our corporate chick. Why would she, when there’s interesting people to network with through artsy cocktail evenings, pre-show theatre dinners, umpteen fine-dine restaurants, even sushi on dial-in for TV nights?

But what happens when she has a special friend over? Or throws her newly-made pals a house-warming bash? A mess of foil packets, paper plates and wine in styrofoam cups is too eww-yuck! Especially for our Prada-heeled princess.

So I am boxing up a sexy little set of garnish-and-serve ceramics. It’s everything a non-cooking hostess needs to entertain.

Villeroy & Boch’s new Home Elements range of multipurpose kitchenware marries pristine white china with elegantly angled glass and modern steel in contemporary lines. The pretty dish-warmer is an unobtrusive good-looker, resembling a large candle holder. There’s a matching relish/jam jar that wouldn’t look amiss holding earrings on the dressing table either. Salt and pepper mills in sculptural steel are a must, posing artfully on the sideboard between meals. And that mod little mortar and pestle sis won’t sneer at even as amma approves — the right global gourmet prop, to showcase I-made-it-myself salsas and dips! The cheese grater fits on its own nifty serving bowl — perfect beside plates of pasta.

Next, the necessary ‘natural wood’ dining accessories. Handy ribbed bread board/tray with a knife right up its sleeve — er, side! And maybe a couple of curvaceous wooden chopping boards to double as canape corners (when not gussying up the herb garnish)?

So sis is sure to serve up style. Even on solo nights.

Villeroy & Boch’s Home Elements range. In Delhi, dial 9971102215 (Kartikeya Ahluwalia) or 0124-4381914-16. Also available in Mumbai at Shop No. 2, Sunder Mahal, Churchgate; ph: 022-22823431/33. Prices: Rs 1,200-Rs 12,000.

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