In the last few years, the design world has become smitten with sleekness. Once an attribute reserved for expensive cars and well-tailored suits, it has permeated even our kitchens, replacing clunky pots and pans with equipment that’s both streamlined and stodgy. With this in mind, it is its own kind of gratification to equip ourselves with tools that hark back to the days of baking in our grandmothers’ kitchens.

Wood is certainly the way to go for the nostalgic baker. This begins with a trusty mixing spoon and its accompanying bowl, the sort that come out of the toughest of kitchen beatings only looking more distinguished for it. And because you’ll have none of that silicone business, a wooden rolling pin and pastry brush are also in order. Then, should your recipe call for citrus, get the most out of your lemons by opting for a wooden juicer in lieu of the swift but frankly unsatisfying modern options. Of course, to finish off with consistency, serve the finished product on a wooden paddle pedestal worthy of your signature pastries. – Arianna Lim

Pastry brush, P336, Cooks Exchange. Wooden bowl, P1,950, Pottery Barn. Wooden Lemon Juicer, P250, Cooks Exchange. Wooden Rolling Pin, P424, Cooks Exchange. Mini Paddle Pedestal, P1,450, Pottery Barn. Wooden Spoon, P105 Cooks Exchange.

Cooks Exchange is located in 3/F, Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City. Pottery Barn is located in G/F Central Square, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City.

Photographed by Koji Arboleda

Styled by Francine Gacrama

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