The aproned housewife as kitchen slave is an offensive, dated construct, but that doesn’t mean we can’t borrow a design tip from the 1950s kitchen she inhabited, however reluctantly. The hue of these simple steel canisters undoubtedly evokes a decade past. Position them on the kitchen counter you use mostly to unpack takeout dinner containers for purely ironic, decorative reasons. Or, stuff them to the brim—with tea, coffee, and sugar, as their labels dictate, or any other stray knickknacks. With just a hint of vintage, your modern kitchen will look smart and homey simultaneously. You might even find yourself buying an additional three-piece set as a housewarming gift for a friend, whether or not she cooks.