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Season of Seasonings

November 20, 2013
The holidays are quickly upon us, and the kitchen is bustling! As next Thursday kicks off the season with Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, families and friends will come together to celebrate and indulge! Whether you’re serving an exciting new culinary experiment or the reliable comfort of a favorite family dish, we have three ways to help make your kitchen and table a little more beautiful for holiday entertaining and beyond.
DESU’s acclaimed 1-Line Spice Rack provides immediate access to your favorite cooking ingredients with style. Easily mounted to the wall and equipped with 13 glass jars for spices and a slot for a standard sized bottle of your favorite olive oil. This year we’ve rounded up three different oils that are sure to please.


Zip Placemat in felt
Accent your table setting with Zip Placemats. These unique placemats are constructed from thick 100% wool felt, giving them a substantial presence and luxurious feel. Designed by Jim Zivic and Tiffany Wheat, the Zip marries the warm texture of felt with an industrial zipper detail.
Larch Wood end grain butcher block cutting board
We love Larch Wood’s Small Original Cutting Board. Perfectly proportioned, this board is sized to handle most jobs without becoming unwieldy. The vibrant wood grain pattern makes the board instantly distinct but it’s the details that really impress. Padded feet keep the board elevated so it says dry underneath and firmly in place. Finely sanded and sealed with a food-safe mixture of mineral oil and beeswax, the finished surface is so soft and smooth you have to feel it to believe it.

3 Extra Virgin Olive Oils

November 19, 2013
When we set out to design a new product, we start with the best materials. Constructing a meal is the same: for great results, start with quality ingredients. We reach for the EVOO so often, we thought it deserved an honored place alongside the rest of your most beloved spices.
The 1-Line Spice Rack is designed to fit most standard size 500ml olive oil bottles, so you can choose the one that’s right for you. Choosing a good extra virgin olive oil can be like selecting a fine wine. These three extra virgin olive oils were ranked among the world’s best:

Intensity: Robust

 

If you’re looking for a strong fruit flavor you can do no wrong with Frantoio Franci’s Villa Magra blend. Voted best olive oil in Italy four times and ranked Best of Class by an international panel of judges at NYIOOC this year, this robust oil makes a much-appreciated hostess gift.

Buy here: $49

Intensity: Medium

 

Another Best of Class oil by Frantoio Franci, IGP Toscano has a less intense fruit flavor than the Villa Magra. This versatile oil has a fresh and clean taste with a whisper of artichoke.

Buy here: $25

Intensity: Delicate

 

Another frequent award winner, Eva’s Blend by Pacific Sun is a delicate oil with a light floral aroma and a fine nutty flavor. Produced in California from locally grown fruit, this impressive oil is easy on the wallet.

Buy here: $14

Father’s Day: Gift Ideas for the Discerning Dad

June 4, 2013

The fathers we know appreciate quality, craftsmanship, and a sense of purpose.
Fortunately for you, these attributes make for great design—and that’s what we’re all about.

Nickel Bin
JZD:MERCANTILE combines traditional, industrial materials with luxurious design. The results are modern and timeless. Assembled by hand in NY from vegetable-tanned leather and nickel-plated wire frames, the Nickel Bin proves storage can be stylish.
Brazo Lamp
Pablo‘s lamps are all about precision. The Brazo features a luminous, energy efficient LED light source which can be dialed into any desired intensity and brightness the task calls for. Sturdy and clean-lined, with full 360-degree adjustability, Brazo gets it done elegantly.
Symbol Coat Rack
Designed by David E. Scott back in 2005, the Symbol Coat Rack has been our best seller ever since. The coat rack attaches to the wall with a cleat system, allowing it easily bear up to 75lbs. The strong aluminum hooks flip down only as needed. Functional, durable and sleek, the Symbol puts those flimsy peg racks to shame.

Less is more: the new LIM360 task lamp by Pablo

February 12, 2013
Pablo - LIM360 Task Lamp
Here at DESU DESIGN, we believe in being choosy. In late 2012, we decided to expand our collection to include a select number of like-minded designers and manufacturers who share our vision. In the words of William Morris, “have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” We believe in products that achieve both.

This month we’re featuring the work of Pablo. Embracing a less-is-more ideology, Pablo’s practical lamps are distilled down to their essence, form and light.

Pablo Designs - Brazo Lamp Pablo Designs - Bel'Occhio Lamp Pablo Designs - Solis Lamps Pablo Designs - Link Lamp
Dave’s Take:

When the time came to add a lighting partner to our offering, we had a very short list, and topping off that list was Pablo. In a short 20 year span, Pablo Pardo has created a company that has redefined lighting. Their designs embody technical sophistication but always in a manner that is perfectly married to visual elegance. When you engage one of their task lamps for the first time, you will be utterly amazed at the level of versatility it offers, while still being visually minimalistic. There is no detail that has not been crafted to absolute perfection. Technical refinement coupled with pure art. Each and every time, they just nail it.

David E. Scott
Founder of DESU DESIGN

New Product Highlights: Fall 2012

November 27, 2012
It’s holiday shopping season. Our curated selection eliminates the need to push through crowds at the mall or scroll through endless options online – desudesign.com offers beautiful items of lasting quality that blur the boundary between art and design. In fact, it’s the only thing we offer.
Leather Link iPad Stand by JZD:MERCANTILE Leather Link iPad Stand – JZD:MERCANTILE

The Leather Link blends together form and function to create a tactile experience unlike anything we’ve ever seen – just articulate the links around to make the shape you need. Made of sturdy leather and metal, this iPad stand gives a warm and timeless elegance to stark technology. Wired Magazine Staff Wish List Selection
Pixo Task Lamp by Pablo Pixo Task Lamp – Pablo Designs

The Pixo offers a lot of punch in a small package. Its clean lines make it perfect for small spaces and places where a larger lamp would overwhelm, and its fully rotatable arm and head allow you to focus its bright, energy-efficient LED light at any task in front of you. And, to top it off, the Pixo has a handy USB port for charging your devices.
Riviera Tray by MAY Furniture Co. Riviera Tray – MAY Furniture Co.

The architectural Riviera tray is truly timeless – has it always been there? The slatted design of the solid wood evokes both historical Japanese and Danish elements, appearing modern and perennial at the same time.

Why we love Larch Wood

November 13, 2012
Larch Wood's Round Cheese Board
Greetings from DESU DESIGN. As you may have noticed, our website has recently undergone a facelift. In addition to larger images, menu thumbnails, and a streamlined checkout process, we have expanded! We are now carrying a few select pieces from other designers and manufacturers whose work we admire. These are companies whose passion for quality and beauty matches our own. We hope you love these new items as much as we do.

This week, we’d like to introduce Larch Wood’s end grain cutting boards. During the winter holidays, family and friends gather together over food and conversation to create memories. These beautiful, durable boards are perfect for preparing and showing off dishes this holiday season: they can handle the heavy work of cutting, chopping, and prepping, and they’ll look good doing it. Larch Wood cutting boards make lovely gift for the cooks and food-lovers in your life — or maybe even for yourself.
Larch Wood's Tiger Stripe Buffet Board Larch Wood's Small Original Cutting Board
Dave’s Take:
I have to admit, I envy the Europeans. Not just because of their free health care, or their ability to serve up a great tasting cup of coffee just about anywhere, but because they have such easy access to one of my favorite species of wood, Siberian Larch.

It was in the midst of scouring the internet one day searching for a domestic importer of this glorious wood that I stumbled across Larch Wood Enterprises. Once I saw the work of this dedicated group of craftsmen, I knew we’d found our cutting board partner. These pieces were not just good, they were really, really good. You could tell each board was studied, crafted… made by hands that gave a damn.

Their larch is sourced locally from Nova Scotia. It’s a species of wood that is dense, stable and just the right amount of hard for an end grain cutting board. Each piece is sanded smooth, oiled with food safe mineral oil, and sealed with beeswax. The resulting pieces are not only perfectly suited to their function, but also resonate a kind of beauty typically reserved for fine, studio-crafted furniture.

David E. Scott
Founder of DESU DESIGN

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Season’s Greetings from Vermont

December 7, 2011

Vermont View

Greetings from DESU DESIGN. Here’s wishing you a bit of good cheer this Holiday season. 2011 shaped up to be quite a busy and exciting year here at DESU. Our biggest change was the relocation of our production facility to the lovely state of Vermont. Our new workshop is nestled into the woods, high up in the Green Mountains. In spite of the nasty visit from hurricane Irene, things have progressed smoothly and we are up and running. This move will enable us to expand our production and be in closer dialogue with nature, one of primary sources of inspiration. Our business office will continue to be based in Brooklyn, giving us the best of both worlds, as late night sushi runs are a tricky task in Vermont.

Many of you have been asking about when we will be launching new products. Soon! New and very exciting pieces are in the works. (hint, lots of wood here in Vermont) We’ll also be launching a new web site in the coming months, and there will be some significant changes coming along with it. In the meantime, feel free to let us know what is on your mind. We love having input from our customers, friends, and colleagues. The best new products are the ones that fill that untapped need. Tell us what you wish would improve in the world, and we will see if we can make it better.

Thank you again for your support. We wish you all the best this Holiday Season and in the New Year!

Glühwein: Austrian Spiced Mulled Wine Recipe

December 1, 2010

 

Greetings from Brooklyn! We come bearing gifts to help with holiday celebrations, and to warm up the winter. Here’s wishing you the best this holiday season. Enjoy!
 Glühwein: Austrian Spiced Mulled Wine
Photo of Glühwein with cloves and fruit slices
As the weather gets cold, we start thinking winter sports. Après-ski fun and fare tops our list of favorite things. We wanted to spread the warmth and share this recipe for our favorite cold weather drink.
Ingredients:
  • 2 bottles of good quality red wine
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 lemons, juice of
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 oranges, cut into bitsize pieces
  • sugar, to taste (between 0 – 1 cup)
Place all ingredients in a large, heavy bottomed pot. Place on very low heat and slowly bring up to a simmer (don’t let it come to a full boil). Mull for at least 30 minutes. Leave on simmer until the party’s over.
Serves a party of 10.
The Expert's Take
Like baking Christmas cookies or slow-roasting meats, preparing Glühwein at home packs a delightful double holiday wallop, pleasing friends and loved ones with its warm, wintry goodness while simultaneously filling the house with the heady, soul-soothing aromas of Northern European winters immemorial.WINE: No need to splurge on a single-vineyard Rioja or a barrique-aged Barolo—better to find a value red with strawberry/cherry flavors (in other words, red fruit, as opposed to black fruit), a profile often found in Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, and Sangiovese-based wines. For this recipe, I’d use an Austrian Zweigelt, a cherry/raspberry-redolent grape that both suits the spices in the recipe and keeps the Austrian theme. Try the juicy and gulpable Berger Zweigelt 2008, $14 at Dandelion Wine, just around the corner from DESU Design’s Headquarters. Adrian Murcia
CHEESE: Try a creamy, soft-ripened cow’s milk cheese—the runnier the better—just nothing with too funky: Vacherin Mont d’Or (a Swiss/French raw-milk gem difficult, though not impossible, to find in the U.S.), L’edel de Cleron (sometimes referred to as ‘Faux Vacherin’), or even a mild, creamy French blue, like Montbriac.

ADRIAN MURCIA has been engaged in the study and teaching of fermented deliciousness for well over a dozen years, donning a wide variety of professional hats along the way: fromager, sommelier, writer, educator, and consultant. His latest venture, a roving educational outfit called Brooklyn Fermented, is dedicated to spreading wine/cheese/beer love across the borough (and beyond) and launches officially on December 12.

DIY Paper Ornament
Axi Paper Ornament Feeling crafty? Download the free pattern for DESU’s paper ornament, inspired by the folding technique of our Axi Tealight Pendants. All it takes is a printer, some card stock, a utility blade, and a straight edge to keep those lines crisp–and a little bit of patience.-> Download pattern
That’s it for 2010! Remember: Last date to order for delivery by Christmas is December 17th