It’s easy to sit in a beautiful restaurant and wish you could emulate the experience at home — every day. And that’s exactly how Mette Hay got the idea to launch a new kitchen line for Hay, the Danish design brand she co-founded.
“She discovered me in Atelier September, my breakfast restaurant in Copenhagen, where she was a regular, and she told me that she really thought I had skills in curating,” recalls the chef and restaurateur Frederik Bille Brahe. (He is also the brother of jewelry designer Sophie Bille Brahe, and cooked dinner for her fashion week presentation last September.)
Hay and Frederik went on to collaborate on a pop-up cafe together for 2016 Milan Design Week. “Seeing the cafe and working with Frederik, I realized there was definitely a need and a place for great everyday kitchen products,” Hay recalls.
Together, they created Hay Kitchen Market, a playful assortment of found and designed products both modern and nostalgic, which range from small Japanese sponges to an Italian hamburger press. “The collection is definitely about function and being relevant for all kinds of people at different stages in their life, which is also what Hay is about,” Hay says. “We were also very interested in quality and choosing the products that would last a long time and become an essential part of someone’s life and home.”
Frederik says that they wanted to mix old and new. But the collection also spans high and low, and takes cues from countries and cultures all around the world. Handblown Moroccan glasses are exotic and luxurious — and only $8 to $9. Timeless steel vegetable peelers and citrus juicers evoke grandma’s kitchen; basic salt and sugar shakers, the diner. Glass bottles and containers for leftovers look laboratory-grade. And mugs run the gamut, available in shades of enamel, classic French blue glass, minimalist silhouettes, painted porcelain — and even wood.
There might truly be something for everyone, but the line isn’t complete yet, according to Hay: “The collection will also expand as we see things evolve and learn about different needs.”