The clean, elegantly flared shape of these classy shakers is enough to catch the eye, but the fact that they kiss captures the heart. Designed by Karim Rashid, the Kissing Salt and Pepper shakers feature flat planes at the top and bottom where the two seem to meld as one. Our signature metal alloy makes the ideal medium for this pair, with its sensuous feel and ability to hold a highly polished finish. You can grasp these 5-inch shakers as a single unit for passing at the table, and fill each as desired since the number of holes on top differs. Rashid's Kissing shakers design has enchanted prestigious institutions around the world, and is found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco. As a wedding, anniversary, or Valentine's present, the pair brings a work of art to the everyday realm. As with all Nambé metal pieces, function stands beside beauty in purpose. The proprietary eight-metal aluminum-based alloy has the luster of silver and the solidity of iron. It can be preheated to 500 degrees or chilled in the freezer; this coupled with its superior temperature retention properties makes Nambé Alloy markedly useful for cooking and serving. Nambé Alloy does not contain silver or lead and therefore does not tarnish; it won't chip, crack, or break. Avoid using your Nambé Alloy with acidic foods, and never place it in the microwave or dishwasher. Hand wash your Nambé with mild detergent and water, then dry immediately with a soft clean cloth. An occasional application of Nambé Polish restores any gleam lost to time and use. Unique Characteristics: Nambé Alloy retains temperature for extended periods of time, so prior to use, you can chill or warm your Nambé Alloy pieces to hold food at a desired temperature. This thermal retention property makes Nambé Alloy perfect for cooking in the oven, under the broiler, or on the gas or electric stovetop. Each Nambé piece goes through a series of shaping, grinding, buffing, and polishing steps; slight imperfections found on Nambé's brilliant finish are characteristic of the sand casting process. Since Nambé is hand-crafted, no two pieces are exactly alike. Frequent use will result in a natural patina; many Nambé aficionados appreciate and encourage this patina, however luster can be restored by applying a small amount of Nambé Polish with a soft cloth.