How Updated Designs Are Streamlining Holiday Entertaining

How Updated Designs Are Streamlining Holiday Entertaining

ABC Carpet & Home offers upscale items to help party hosts through the holiday season. [Partner content]

Rachel Pincus
  • 10 december 2013

PSFK in partnership with ABC Home presents a selection of classic items that have been expertly redesigned, as excellent gifts for this Holiday Season.

Kitchen culture – the foods we prepare, the way we entertain – is forever evolving. These days, a favorite new recipe or interior design idea might come from Pinterest, and you might find it while scrolling on your touchscreen countertop. While the fully tech-enabled kitchen may be a few years off, these kinds of convenience-enhancing devices are constantly popping up as designers continue to reinvent and revamp classic items in order to make everyday objects even more practical. The holidays are a time when it can feel as though you are constantly entertaining, so check out a few updated kitchen and dining items that will help streamline the entertaining process without neglecting a high design aesthetic.

oil container

The key to happy guests is great food, so it can get very hectic in the kitchen when guests are waiting for their meal. Designer Laurence Brabant’s L’huile de Sisyphe container updates the classic olive oil decanter and elegantly addresses the issue of greasy residue on slippery bottles caused by dripping. This transparent vessel catches every last drop for a waste-free cooking experience and adds a lower spout to funnel the oil back inside for future use. The bottle is crafted by hand in Paris, celebrating the ingenuity of local designers in an era of mass production.


Another cooking essential is salt and pepper, but one or the other shaker can get lost in the holiday kitchen chaos.  The Inseparables salt and pepper set nests one seasoning inside the other. Separated by a narrow bubble of glass, the spice set works is visually stunning enough that it won’t get lost amongst the pots and serving dishes.

porcelian styrofoam

Sometimes you want to give the feel of a casual dinner without the waste of disposable dinnerware. This clever styrofoam-textured porcelain cup features a unique feel and slightly crumpled look. However, this handmade item isn’t just fun and games as all proceeds from the cup also go toward alleviating hunger in the American Heartland.

etch candleholder

The holiday table is an important part of every festive occasion, but it often hard to accomodate all the food and flatware as decorations and candles can get in the way. The Tom Dixon etch candleholder, born out of the designer’s fascination with motorcycles and metals works to unclutter the dining table with its dual function. The delicate “etch-web” lighting not only provides a warm glow, but also projects a delicate, artistic design, which negates the need for excess decorations.

bloody mary spices

Of course, no seasonal gathering would be complete without some literal holiday spirits and this updated Bloody Mary spice set from La Boîte à Epice proposes some delicious variations for those who are tired of the traditional vodka. Created by chef Lior Lev Sercarz and mixologist Jim Meehan of New York’s PDT, the glass jars contain spice mixes for tequila (chilies and cilantro), aquavit (anise and orange), and gin (cardamom and juniper) cocktails.

As friends and family from every corner of your life come together this holiday season, you can rest assured that these re-engineered classics will create more streamlined and creative entertaining.

ABC Home

[PSFK in partnership with ABC Home]



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