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The Pike Place Market harbors a store that sells every conceivable thing for the table, from cookware to ornament. I moseyed in last week looking for a heat proof mat to set under a portable oven. Fortune sent me in early in the day, when the clerk was fresh and customers few. I brought home two versions of the silicone mat sold for baking: one solid for cookies, the other an open mesh for bread-and pizza, I hope.
When I unpack goods from this store, my life often gets richer and simpler. I bought the mats for heat safety, but they brought non-skid tray mat, Etruscan colors, and tabletop heat protection as well. A well-designed artifact, like these mats, fuses “for good” and “everyday”.
France puts the utility into utilitarian. Their ordinary kitchen ware functions well, satisfies the eye, and most importantly, recognizes and works with the hand.
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