Although he's based in Chicago, this is Martin Kastner's very first Housewares Show, and we were just as excited to see his KickstartedPorthole cocktail infuser as he was to show it. Originally designed for the Aviary, itself a spinoff of the renowned Alinea, where chef Grant Achatz brought Kastner in to design innovative tableware for presenting and serving his gastronomic masterpieces.
But if the Porthole is the flagship product of Kastner's design studio Crucial Detail, it's just the first of many kitchen and dining products that are often delightful and always unique. Besides the infuser, he also exhibited a series of pitches and brand new glasses (which are based on a rotated section of the Porthole).
Attentive readers may remember that Don Lehman hosted Kastner on the Afterschool podcast back in September; definitely check out Episode 4 if you want to hear more (with links to his endeavors and collaborators as well).