A lot of ingenuity is required to rework a classic. Swiss company Kuhn Rikon recently had in-house designer Philipp Beyeler take on the iconic pepper grinder to create a fun design object informed by contemporary materials and ergonomics. The ratchet mechanism is more intelligent than a traditional twist grinder, and there's something to be said for a design that brings an element of playfulness to the mundane task of cracking pepper.
The grinder's personality resembles that of a small creature—a detail that's enhanced by the ratchet's chirping sound. We received a green one, which offers a nice pop of color and feels contemporary, but there are more classic colors available to fit any kitchen's scheme. Made from high-grade ceramic, the grinder can withstand the salt and moisture that erode a metal grinder over time. Ceramic also allows for high precision grinding from powdered dust to coarse chunks.
The Kuhn Rikon Ratchet Grinder is available from Amazon for $20.