I instinctively approve of any kitchen appliance, gadget, or tool that looks like it could have come from space or the future. When that form combines with functionality, I'm pretty easily won over. While I like art for art's sake as much as the next guy, if I'm making a purchasing decision, I usually want said object to do something.
Sitting elegantly on a tabletop or counter, the Legnoart Spicy 6-Slot Knife Holder With Steak Knives combines the everyday usefulness of a steak knife set with the aesthetic appeal of an object d'art. The knife set comes with six stainless steel knives that have serrated blades and are dishwasher safe. The freestanding display is created by Italian Carlo Contin.
Luckily, if you're not into the whole shiny-thing-from-space motif, the set is available in alternate styles. I find the green set reminiscent of a pea pod, while the red version could look like a bundle of long and skinny red peppers. Also available in black and gold.