In transitioning from old school gas and electric cookware to the new and emerging demands of induction stovetop cooking, I've found myself rethinking form and function in the kitchen. As an empty nester in a small kitchen, I've embraced both shiny and brushed stainless refrigerators, ovens, and stovetops as one theme, contrasting with dark cherry enamel cast iron, stoneware, and silicone accessories. Smaller, lighter cladded sauce and fry pans complement bigger, heavier, and colorful enamel cast iron Dutch ovens.
The forerunner of these enameled cast iron pieces were the brightly colored enameled steel pots and pans designed by Jens Quistgaard in the 60's, 70's, and 80's called Dansk kobenstyle. Kobenstyle reproductions and vintage examples are still widely sold and traded on EBAY: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=...
I have several kobenstyle pans in my collection, and Dansk Scandinavian concepts have influenced my cookware purchases--perhaps even more than I realized.
How have color, form, and design influenced your cookware purchases?