Enamelware and log cabins go together like strawberries and cream. So it’s only natural that within our rehabbed cabin we feature a modern take on the durable dishes. Enter Falcon, a British line no less (cookery’s love of enamelware transcends continental borders). Inspired by the speckled patterns of yore, Falcon interprets the traditional two-tone palette as a base color and a border. In the 1920s, Falcon debuted with an ice white collection rimmed in cobalt blue and became an instant icon of British kitchens. In its revived incarnation, Falcon features an array of cool sets in cool colors with cool-cat names like Pigeon Grey and Coal Black.
This summer, we’ve had our black-and-white Prep Set in constant rotation: we wash our farmers market finds in the colander and then display or prep them in one of the six mixing bowls. We wake up to our cheery Pillarbox Red Teapot every morning, and we nurse water from our crisp White-Blue Tumblers all day long. And as soon as the summer chaos subsides a bit, we’ll take our favorite Falcons out camping.
Enamelware was invented in the 1880s as an alternative to iron pots: lighter weight, more affordable (once mass produced) and most importantly, not chemically reactive when cooking. The process of fusing porcelain glass onto heavy-gauge steel yields a smooth, durable finish resistant in bright colors that won’t fade with age (hence the hot market for vintage enamelware). The only downside: the metal dishes are not microwavable. But who needs a microwave when campfires are calling?