In an otherwise unpredictable year, summer begins to deliver its annual abundance of fruits and vegetables. From fragrant peaches to sculptural pumpkins, their scents and colors fill the kitchen.
During this short time before consumption, they can be the focus of the room – especially if they are displayed in a distinctive fruit bowl.
“Instead of a plant or flowers, the fruit acts as an inviting element,” said Barbara Sallick, founder and senior vice president of design at Waterworks and author of The Perfect Kitchen. “It’s like a work of art.”
Ms. Sallick uses several different containers to showcase fruits and vegetables on her kitchen table in Southport, Connecticut, including antique Delft bowls and steel Krenit bowls with a vibrantly enamelled interior that changes with the seasons.
Such eye-catching accessories are a great way to personalize a kitchen.
“I always think about how to layer a kitchen,” she said. “When you add things, the kitchen becomes this very personal space.”
Which materials work best? Ms. Sallick prefers ceramic and metal bowls, but almost any food-safe material – stone, wood, resin – is sufficient.
How many fruit bowls should be outside at the same time? One bowl is usually sufficient, but the grouping of two or three bowls adds to the visual appeal. And “when I was in the market, I usually need another one,” said Ms. Sallick.
Can you stack it up “I like the bunch,” said Ms. Sallick, as long as you keep softer fruits off the ground.
Medium speckled fruit bowl
Stoneware bowl by SIN
$ 84 at Still House NYC: 212-539-0200 or stillhousenyc.com
Black Marble Footed Bowl
Raised marble bowl
$ 150 at Jayson Home: 800-472-1885 or jaysonhome.com
Nesting bowls made from black sand clover
Ceramic bowls with glazed interior by Natalie Weinberger
Starting at $ 80 each in March: 415-931-7433 or marchsf.com
Wire mesh shell
Powder coated steel shell
$ 50 at the MoMA Design Store: 800-851-4509 or store.moma.org