In 1992, Italian silverware specialist San Lorenzo began researching the possible health benefits, and practicalities, of cooking using silver, particularly its own patented Pure Silver. It turned out the latter is not only bactericidal, virucidal and fungicidal, it also contains no copper, lead, aluminium, nickel, chrome, cadmium, cobalt or similar nasties often found in other utensils. Silver is also a champion heat conductor, so you can cook quickly and at low temperatures in a silver pan, preserving the nutrients and antioxidants in many ingredients. In 1999, pleased with all these positives, San Lorenzo launched the Cooking with Pure Silver collection, designed by Afra and Tobia Scarpa. Now, again working with the latter, it has updated the collection, tagging it PAN 999. By electroforming Pure Silver onto Pure Iron, it has created pans that are silver on the inside but iron on the outside, making them a far more robust addition to your culinary arsenal.

As originally featured in the September 2015 edition of Wallpaper* (W*198)