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The Dansk Kitchen & Table Essentials You’ll Find in Our Homes

From the butter warmer to the wood salad set, these are the Dansk goods we love.

August 26, 2023
Photo by James Ransom

If you're unfamiliar with Dansk—the Danish design brand that was founded in 1954 and has been part of the Food52 family for a while now—we'll bring you up to speed. From 1954 until the early 1980s, Dansk's designs were created by the Danish sculptor and designer, Jens Quistgaard. Pieces under the Dansk name are known for their iconic mid-century aesthetic and bright, bold color palettes. They're multi-functional (the lid of the Købenstyle saucepan, for example, doubles as a trivet), durable enough to last decades, and are uniquely beautiful wares you'll want to have out on display.

We might be a little biased, but here at Food52, we're big fans of Dansk's cookware, baking dishes, and serving accessories. So, we thought it was time to check in with our team to see which pieces from the Dansk lineup they find absolutely essential. From a small butter warmer to a wood salad set, here are five of our staff members' favorites.

Photo by Rocky Luten

1. Dansk Købenstyle Butter Warmer, $48

Don't be fooled by the name of this super-cute piece of cookware. Food Stylist Anna Billingskog raves about how it's “the perfect small pot for so many things, not just butter.” She also uses it reheat coffee and warm and froth milk. It's part of our Købenstyle collection—bundled together for the first time—and now in two, new limited-edition colors.

Photo by Ty Mecham

2. Dansk Købenstyle Casserole, $95+

“The two-quart Dansk casserole dish makes the perfect amount of pasta for your picky 7 year old who only eats pasta. I say from experience!” —Elizabeth Spiridakis Olson, Creative Director, Dansk

Photo by Ty Mecham

3. Dansk Købenstyle Saucepan, $72+

“I love the one-quart Købenstyle saucepan! It makes any little task—whether you’re whipping up a batch of hot chocolate or heating some soup—feel like a special event. And the pour spout? Just perfect.” —Maurine Hainsworth, Senior Copywriter

Photo by Mark Weinberg

4. Dansk Købenstyle Wrapped Handle Water Pitcher, $95

“I’m in love with the Købenstyle Pitcher. It’s the sexiest pitcher alive, silhouette-wise, and the wrapped handle is a perfect little quirk.” —Nicole Davis, Managing Editor

Photo by James Ransom

5. Dansk Wood Classics 3-Piece Salad Bowl Set, $120

“My roommate loves to host dinner parties and a big salad is always part of the menu. Not only does this salad bowl easily fit any salad she dreams up, it also looks great on our table and always gets compliments.” —Julia Gómez Kramer, Commerce Editor

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Nancy October 1, 2023
Is the Dansk sauce pan easy to clean like non stick?
Nicole D. October 2, 2023
Hi Nancy! Yes, it is, I have the 2 QT and find it very easy to clean and maintain (I keep it on my stovetop and use it for rice, soups, boiling pasta and potatoes.) There are more reviews here that speak to it being easy to clean:
Dia S. June 10, 2023
Would it be possible to share what style Dansk dishes and flatware you intend to bring back? So glad you are doing this!
Jamie June 10, 2023
The dishes in the top photo look like my Mom’s which I know have. The outer rim of my Mom’s has ridges though. They are from the 1970’s. Timeless pieces. I will share photos when I get home. Dansk has been in our family since the early 70’s. My Mom had great taste.
mary K. June 5, 2023
I am a long time fan of all things Dansk. I have the dishes shown in your photograph..the charcoal and white...I have had them for about 50 years so have long since lost the name of the design. Would you be able to tell me the name so I can try and fill in some broken and missing pieces? THank you!!!
Jamie June 10, 2023
Do your dishes have the ridges in the charcoal colour?
mary K. June 10, 2023
No...there are no ridges. Thank you for trying to help.
mary K. June 11, 2023
Mine looks just like the set in the picture above.
mbbermanlaw May 22, 2023
Looking for the vintage Dansk wooden salt & pepper mills you show in the above photo. Searched the entire site and do not see it. Surprised that you would show it in the photo and not have it for sale??
Nicole D. May 23, 2023
Hi mbbermanlaw! We wish we had those items in stock. The good news is, we plan to reissue a fresh set of vintage Dansk goods this fall, and at least one pepper mill will be part of that collection with more to follow.