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6 Global Products for the American Home

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Casual elegance is not something for which French silversmith Christofle is known, but this 24-piece set of modernist silver-plated flatware for six people includes a capsule storage unit for easy transport. The attractive polished steel pod with an interior walnut disk makes the flatware a tasteful choice for picnics or outdoor dining. The set is manufactured at Christofle’s plant in Normandy. Individual cutlery is also available.  ($1,000) 800.599.2352, us.christofle.com


The 100-plus-year-old Yoshihiro cutlery company originated in Sakai in Japan’s Osaka Prefecture, famous for sword- and knife-making. Though the company now operates out of Beverly Hills, Calif., Yoshihiro artisans still work from Sakai, using 14th-century samurai sword-making techniques to create professional cooking knives. This yanagi—a long-bladed knife designed to make sashimi— is forged from a single piece of VG-10, a high-carbon stainless steel, using a centuries-old process called honyaki. The handle is made of ebony and features a sterling silver ring.  ($1,500) 310.777.0227, echefknife.com


Known for wine glasses that beautifully combine form and function, Austrian crystal manufacturer Riedel is expanding with an ultrathin crystal glass for beer, called the Veritas. The company claims this vessel will keep your beer colder because there is less glass to conduct heat. A test by Popular Science seems to support that theory. In any case, the Veritas is a nice alternative to your typical mug. ($35 each, or $69 for a set of two) riedelusa.net 


Invented in France, commercial wine dispensing systems have been available in the U.S. for almost 40 years, but there’s been little progress adapting them for home use. Until now: California-based Dacor has made a fully automated, temperature-controlled wine dispenser for the home, the Discovery WineStation. You digitally program pour amounts, dispensing wine with the touch of a button. WineStation’s argon-gas preservation system keeps wines at their best for up to 60 days, allowing you to taste prized bottles at your leisure. And the four-bottle dispenser can hold magnums and 750 ml bottles at the same time, freestanding or mounted. ($5,499) 800.793.0093, dacor.com


Named for Argentine cowboys whose culture includes asados—hours-long barbecues with abundant meat—the Gaucho is the Rolls-Royce of open-flame grills, featuring a motorized, height-adjustable rack and rotisserie that offers control over the intensity of the heat, similar to the way it’s done on the South American pampas. Its gas starter system makes it easy to light the wood (or charcoal), and optional Argentine V-grates promote even heat distribution. As with all Kalamazoo appliances, the grill is hand-built in Michigan and signed by every person who works on it. ($25,995) 800.868.1699, kalamazoogourmet.com


South Korean Samsung has turned the refrigerator into an entertainment center with its Family Hub, which debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year. WiFi-connected interior cameras take pictures of the fridge’s contents, which you can access through a mobile app. Additional highlights include built-in speakers, connectivity to Pandora and a touchscreen that lets you create calendars, share photos and order groceries online. (Starts at $5,599) samsung.com

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