The cookware industry thrives on making you feel like you need hundreds of highly specialized tools to make your dinner. This is perhaps why, in the decade and a half since I graduated from college, I have accumulated heaps of kitchen tools, most of which are poorly made and don’t get much use. I recently took a glance at my utensil drawer and found: 12 different knives, five spatulas (some metal, some silicone), slotted spoons, regular spoons, a pasta spoon, a ladle, a pizza cutter, a garlic smasher, metal tongs, and plastic tongs. As someone who likes clean, minimal spaces, opening this drawer often puts me on the verge of a minor heart attack. Material Kitchen is here to help. This direct-to-consumer startup, which launched earlier this year, creates a grand total of nine tools (plus a base to hold them in).
Material Kitchen's set of fundamental cooking tools contains everything you need to declutter your kitchen
If you look at your kitchenware — the essentials that you cook with every day — is there any piece that you're really proud of owning? Chances are, probably not. Most people build up their kitchen collections through hand-me-downs and wedding registries, and combined with the general lack of education surrounding cooking, it's not surprising that we end up with a medley of garishly colorful accessories, extra knives we have no use for, and poorly-made tools that never last more than a year. Looking to simplify the kitchen shopping experience and declutter your countertops, Eunice Byun and David Nguyen started a new direct-to-consumer company called Material. They aren't professional chefs by any means, but just like you and me, they love to cook and eat food, and the kitchen is the heart of their homes.