Product of the Week: 9/30/08

You wouldn’t expect a super-strength, cast-iron casserole to be called Ding, but Office for Product Design’s squat dish for local brand Jia Inc in fact owes its name to the ancient Chinese bronze cooking vessels that inspired it. Although Ding retains the essence of traditional Chinese cookware, the Hong Kong–based duo tweaked the design to meet modern cooking requirements: A three-legged, trivet-like base keeps the pot aloft for tableside cooking or is removable to provide a flat cooking base. Contact manufacturer for price. www.jia-inc.com

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