"Buy once, buy well," says Richard Joseph, cofounder of Joseph Joseph, the forward-thinking purveyor for housewares. "Designers are focusing less on gizmos you would use once then toss in the junk drawer." Instead Joseph sees a movement toward items created for a long and useful kitchen life. The new generation of cooking tools features minimalist looks and intuitive forms to smarten up cooking, baking, or just brewing a cup of tea.
Dash 4-in-1 Measuring Spoon 
The multitasker switches from 1/4 teaspoon up to 1 tablespoon with just a flick of the wrist. ($8, umbra.com)
Spiegelau IPA Glass 
The first-ever glass for IPA beer, made in collaboration with Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head breweries, uses a rippled base to aerate the brew, create a foamy head, and concentrate aroma. ($25 a pair, spiegelauusa.com)
Pie Timer 
The battery-free timer can be set with a one-handed twist, and an easy-to-read display means fewer burned crusts. ($14, josephjoseph.com)
Tea Egg 
The tea strainer is reimagined with BPA-free silicone instead of hard-to-clean mesh, and a long neck doubles as a stirring spoon. ($17, normann-copenhagen.com)
Brrrrr Polar Bear Ice Tray 
Don't be fooled by the cartoonish charm: Black+Blum's sealed ice tray has purpose. Fill the bear with water, pop the top on, and whack against the counter once frozen. Voila! Ice cubes. ($20, black-blum.com)
Nest 9 Plus 
Nonslip mixing bowls, measuring cups, strainer, sieve, and measuring spoons stack into one compact package. ($55, josephjoseph.com)
[Photo by Joel Stans; prop styling: Peter Tran]
A version of this article appeared in the June 2013 issue of Fast Company magazine.