Local Root is an art gallery for cookware. White walls, high ceilings, and transom windows are the perfect backdrop for beautifully designed and functional kitchen items. Its mother ship, Didriks, the elegant home shop across the street at 190 Concord Ave. in Observatory Hill,
specializes in contemporary linens, tableware, and serving pieces. In the front room of Local Root, stainless steel is the prominent material. There you’ll encounter the sensual curves of cheese graters with a sloping base ($21), and rounded casseroles and pots (from $145) made by Italian manufacturer Alessi. An adjacent room is devoted mostly to artisanal knives, including six Berti steak knives with ox horn handles (more than $1,000).
Handcrafted cherry and maple salt and pepper grinders ($34.95 to $69.95) from Vic Firth Gourmet in Maine line a counter, facing a wall of utensils from the German company Rosle, with tongs of all kinds ($19 to $39), whisks, muddlers, and more. Among the porcelain items from France’s Pillivuyt are a diminutive fluted cupcake form ($8) and rectangular roasters (from $95). Bakeware and cast iron fill out the collection. It all makes you want to rush home and cook. Local Root, 221 Concord Ave., Cambridge, 617-354-2400,
www.localroot.com. DEBRA SAMUELS