Studio Tuke founder Barnaby Tuke has established a reputation for functional yet design-led homewares pieces. For his latest project, the British product designer teamed up with fellow food lover and writer Charmain Ponnuthurai to launch new cookware brand Crane.
For Crane’s first range, a collection of cast iron pans, Tuke has stuck to his fail-safe design formula. As a passionate cook himself he recognised that the range needed to have functionality at its core. “These are serious tools for professional or home cooking, and we want to bring back the love that people have for cooking with cast iron,” adds Charmain.
Comprising four kitche essentials - a saute pan, casserole, griddle and frying pan - the collection is made in a foundry in northern France from vitreous enameled, sand-cast iron, meaning it can be used in the oven as well as on the hob. In another clever design innovation, Tuke has made all the pans the same diameter - meaning a single size lid fits the whole range.
Not only does the collection’s textured enamel surfaces make for better braising, roasting and caramelising, it’s minimal design aesthetic also means in looks great on the kitchen table - just what we’d expect from Tuke.