Living in an apartment six stories above ground makes it problematic to indulge the seasonal stirrings to fire up the grill. Hemmed in by walls, I've resorted on more than one occasion to using a cast iron grill pan, which actually does an adequate job except for the profusion of smoke that results. Despite an elaborate arrangement of multiple electric fans intended to propel the murk out the kitchen window, this never really works, and I end up swearing off indoor grilling until the urge strikes again.
This brings me to grilling gear, which holds a peculiar attraction, especially since I have no use for it.
On a recent visit to the Terence Conran Shop, home to ultra-modern, high-priced products for the home. The store, underneath the Queensboro Bridge, has a large selection of super sleek kitchen supplies and tableware, not to mention grilling tools.
Like a piece of barbecue spy-ware, the portable Picnic Grill (above left) from Sagaform folds up into the shape of a briefcase. I also liked the simple design of this the Bucket Grill (above right), made by Sagaform as well, which is manufactured in green, chrome, and khaki, as well as black.
Even though I've never found the heat of a grill to be so intense that I could not risk seasoning up close and personal, this barbecue salt and pepper shaker, at right, seemed ingenious. Designed by Viceversa, the tool's long handle extends to a double-headed container for sprinkling salt and pepper.
Photos: Sagaform, Vice Versa.