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Nowadays it’s so easy to clutter our living space, especially our kitchen, with unnecessary appliances, resulting in a noisy environment instead of a functional one. We love the minimal and modest kitchen appliances Japanese product designer, Naoto Fukasawa, anonymously designed for Japanese Retailer MUJI

Fukasawa is somewhat of a purist when it comes to design. He embodies the principle Form follows Function’, the mantra of the modern movement in architecture and industrial design which emerged in the 20th century, in a relevant and thoughtful way. We are truly inspired by his minimalistic and practical designs.

Human interaction with the object is considered in the design. It is easy to hold, and the jug like shape prevents the kettle from spilling water | Image from

Creating new things used to be about the designer making an object, but that’s not so anymore. My desire is to create space through interaction.”  

– Naoto Fukasawa

The form and function of the toaster is considered in the design. It has a smooth finish, but also functional flat sides to allow the object to stand comfortably against a kitchen wall. | Image from

“I am not interested in buying many things, I don’t have many belongings. Mostly very clean, very simple things.”  

– Naoto Fukasawa

Smart small appliances are an easy way to update your kitchen. If you’re strapped for storage space, why not make a display out of your glossy, useful items.

Here are some of our favourite kettles and toasters available from Yuppiechef


1. Graef Variable Temperature Electric Kettle, 1.5 Litre    R2,399.00

2. Graef 4-Slice Toaster –  R3,799.00

3. KitchenAid Artisan Cordless Kettle, 1.5 Litre – R3,989.00

4. KitchenAid Artisan New Edition 2 Slice Automatic Toaster – R6,989.00

5. Smeg Retro Kettle, 1.7 Litre – R2,299.00

6. Smeg Retro 2 Slice Toaster – R2,199.00

Learn More About Muji

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Tammy Joubert has a particular interest in decor and architectural design trends and how they coexist with graphic design and art, especially in a South African context. When she’s not illustrating or painting, she enjoys exploring peculiar places in Cape Town, reading Afrikaans Poetry and the occasional glass of red wine.

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