Counter Culture: trivets

Counter Culture: trivets

We suspect that trivets are a bit forgotten about and may even be missing from your arsenal of kitchenware. However, in our experience, they come in handy more often than you might think and so we have put together a selection for you that we feel certainly deserve a place in the modern kitchen. In case you’re not trivet-savvy, they are small racks, or mats, for the table or kitchen work surface on which you can place hot pans or serving dishes without them damaging the surfaces beneath; not just functional, the best ones are stylish too. Here are some favourites we have come across:

Zone Denmark Hexagon silicone trivet, £6.99 each, Trouva
Zone Denmark Hexagon silicone trivet, £6.99 each, Trouva

Graphic and super sleek, these trivets look great alone but even better when joined together to form a striking centrepiece along a dining table.

Japanese brass trivets, from £60 each, Objects of Use
Japanese brass trivets, from £60 each, Objects of Use

The most expensive of our selection, it is worth pointing out that these trivets, inspired by the cosmos, are absolutely beautifully crafted and should last a lifetime. Made by hand in a Japanese foundry using a traditional sand-casting technique, these trivets have a unique quality which comes from the centuries old manufacturing process.

Groove marble trivets, from £34, Muuto at Really Well Made
Groove marble trivets, from £34, Muuto at Really Well Made

Made from solid marble, meaning that each one is subtly different, these trivets have been cleverly designed with grooves that allow air to flow under the pot or pan to prevent the trivet from getting too hot.

Zone Cool Grey Daisy trivet, £9.30, Tesco Direct
Zone Cool Grey Daisy trivet, £9.30, Tesco Direct

Made from silicon and heatproof up to 250 degrees Celsius, this is a really good inexpensive option.

Outline trivet, Circle, £17, Ferm LIVING at Cloudberry Living
Outline trivet, Circle, £17, Ferm LIVING at Cloudberry Living

To us, this circular trivet looks like a contemporary take on the Art Deco aesthetic. Finished in an oak-smoked veneer, these would look great on a dining table.

Oval Natural Wood trivet, £7.95 for a set of 2, Rockett St George
Oval Natural Wood trivet, £7.95 for a set of 2, Rockett St George

These intricate Moroccan-inspired wooden trivets are not only stunning but also great value for money.