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I own a set of beautiful, wooden Peugeot salt and pepper mills, but my guess is that so much of the designers’ time went into the beautifying them as objects that they neglected to address their functionality. At the end of the day, they look awfully nice on my countertop, but when it comes time to actually salting or peppering something I use a cheap, plastic grinder from the supermarket.
Kuhn Rikon, however, has just released a beauty-meets-brains kind of grinder. Created by in-house designer, Philipp Beyeler, an avid cook himself, the Ratchet Grinder is playful-looking (it also chirps when you use it) but, made from sturdy ceramic, it gets the job done. Easily adjustable from fine to course, this baby even grinds flax and chia seeds (meaning you can avoid those they-only-have-unmilled-flax-seed moments in the supermarket).
Check out Beyeler’s other kitchen gadgets for Kuhn Rikon. Any designer who got their start making a working “Chocolate Milk Maker” out of LEGOs has a special place in my heart.