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Jul 31, 2011 03:54 PM

Staub colors @ Sur La Table

Who has seen La Mer & Fumee in person?

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  1. I never knew those colors existed. Thanks for tempting me. I like that La Mer, I'll have to consider that when I find an excuse to buy another piece. Wonder what the difference between Fumee & Titanium is?

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    1. re: ShawnPA

      They say fumee is inspired by its "rich, smokey" color.

      In my mind, that's a dark gray or charcoal color.

      That's not even close to titanium.

      1. re: NotJuliaChild

        There is a lot of variance in pics online. The Titanium staub pics on some websites look similar to the fumee pics on SLT. I have never seen either in person, I wish there were stores around here that carried Staub and LeCreuset. Personally I think I prefer Graphite Grey to either fumee or titanium based on pictures. That La Mer is awesome though.

        1. re: ShawnPA

          Fumee has the same mirrored finish of Titanium, just with a darker finish. I think that's what they mean about likeness.

    2. La Mer is nice. I wish I could find more clothing in that shade of blue-green. (I have not seen it in person, however.)

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      1. re: Jay F

        Mer is really a handsome color. Staub got it right where Creuset got Ocean wrong - way wrong.

        1. re: Jay F

          Mer is a very handsome color. Staub got their sea color right where Creuset got theirs way wrong.

          1. re: ProfessorBear

            I know. Ocean should have been called Swamp.

            1. re: Jay F

              I agree with you, Jay. It's a dreadful color. The La Mer is better but the Teal color is just gorgeous. It's Staub's answer to LC's Caribbean. I wish they would have had that color instead. I'm not a fan of these dark, murky colors, especially with the dark interior. Do you really want to cook with those in the spring and summer? The bright colors of LC are far more inviting during the warmer months.

        2. I saw them on Monday. Both are excellent. I have a couple of pieces in titanium. The Fumee is very similar with a metallic finish. La Mer is magnificant. A perfect sea color. It's such a deep rich blue-green. I'd love to get one but I already have all the sizes Sur la Table carries except the 9 qt. That's just too heavy. Wish they'd carry the 7 qt round like other stores do.

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          1. re: wvgardener

            Sur La Table was nice enough to send me a $10 GC and I will have to take a walk over to look. I'm full up on LC cast iron though and going to stay with that. I don't care for the black interiors.

            1. re: blondelle

              Agreed on all points. Though I've never used anything by Staub, I'm put off by the black interior, too. I never liked cooking in my friend's Calphalon for this reason. And there's very little LC I want. None I need.

          2. Thanks, NJC--now I'll have to take a trip to SLT and view these in person. I have both Le Creuset and Staub pieces, but the Staub colors are by far more appealing to me. I find them complex and seductive--almost erotic--unlike the LC colors, which seem to me more "old lady"-like*. Unlike some other posters, i prefer the black interiors, because (for me) cooking is more of a sensual activity, as opposed to a utilitarian act, and visually I find the black interiors more appealing.

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            1. re: nofunlatte

              It is the *sense* of vision that leads me to prefer the light LC interior.

              1. re: nofunlatte

                I'm with Jay. While I do prefer other sensual activities in semi darkness, I prefer my cookware with interiors where I can see what I'm cooking. As beautiful as Staub is, I've must admit I've never had any impure, erotic thoughts when I looked at it. OK, maybe just the Coq Au Vin, but they were fleeting. I do admit to running my hands over my LC with pleasure, but it has never led to anything untoward.