To be filed under Genius Kitchen Hacks to Borrow from an Artist: the DIY twists on tradition in German-born glassmaker Jochen Holz‘s studio kitchen in Stratford, East London. (Contributor Nell Card took a full tour a few weeks back on Remodelista; see Kitchen of the Week: A Glassmaker’s Imaginative Studio Kitchen in London, DIY Ikea Hacks Included).
Among Holz’s revelatory ideas? A painted sheet of glass as ad-hoc backsplash, reclaimed Marmoleum scraps pieced together into a countertop, and Ikea cabinet boxes transformed with pink-tinted plywood fronts and the artist’s own handmade glass door handles. Plus, shelves and shelves of Holz’s own molten, multi-colored glassware.
But our favorite detail is small, simple, and easy to implement with a trip to the hardware store and a few minutes’ time: a hanging riff on a magnetic knife rack. Take a look.
Photography by Kim Lightbody.
Above: A round industrial magnet suspended from a cord acts as a simple and sculptural catch-all for metal kitchen implements of all kinds: knives, but also scissors and tiny graters. Above: The arrangement keeps utensils off the counter but at the ready.Steal This Look
Above: Be sure your magnet has enough strength to hold utensils by checking the weight limit in the description. This Ring Magnet from online emporium Zoro.com can hold 9.8 pounds, perfect a few knives and other tools; $4.33 each.
No time to buy online? Search your local hardware store; they may have something similar.
Above: Similarly, choose a cord sturdy enough to hold the magnet (and its attachments)—you wouldn’t want this crashing down. One option is the marine-grade Everbilt Black Twisted Nylon Rope, which holds knots tightly and is resistant to water and mildew (crucial for the kitchen). It’s 55 cents per foot from The Home Depot.
More Aha! Hacks for the kitchen:
Aha! Hack: A Vintage Washboard as Dish Drying Rack
Aha! Hack: Is This the New Pegboard? Margot and Fergus Henderson’s Clever Grid System
Aha! Hack: A New Purpose for the Magnetic Knife Rack
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