Today has been a mix of the serious and the surreal, and I'm happy to have it behind me. Like this kitchen, there were distractions and illusions encountered, but once they were filtered away, what remains is clarity—a metaphorical black and white.
I beg your pardon for the blurry photo, but the design idea transcends the poor image quality. The Worktop Extender won a Red Dot Award for its ingenious way of increasing the true premium of the kitchen—counter space, not storage—without permanently occupying floor area. This unit rolls out from the base cabinets when extra work room is needed, then returns to its inconspicuous location when the job is done. nobia.com
No, there isn't any Photoshop trickery going on in this picture. Realizing that not everyone needs a cavernous basin in the bath, the design team of Benedini Associati, Andres Jost, and Diego Cisi created a shallow sink that measures a mere 1.5 inches deep. It's part of the scheme that gives the Ell the appearance of floating planes. The Corian counter is both sturdy and light enough to be supported by wall brackets. agapedesign.it
Designed by Michele Marcon, the Opera kitchen certainly rises to theatrical heights. Were it not for those towering shelves [check out the stools to fully appreciate the scale of the installation], it would be fair to call the kitchen tame, but the open storage demands attention—like a stage diva. And populating those cubbies with ordinary boxes of cereal and cans of soup just won't do: this is a space that requires careful art direction. snaidero-usa.com
On this cold, grey, wet, dark, totally dreary day—and Hurricane Joaquin hasn't even made his stormy appearance yet—a bit of absurdity might be just what we need to brighten things up. This 1917 ad offers a choice of entertaining oddities, from Kardashianesque spelling ['kabinet'] to the rule-breaking fashionista's wardrobe to an unsettlingly fatalistic slogan ['Every day is a half day in a Kalamazoo kitchen'] all providing a welcome, if weird, distraction.
I'd like to see the Kub sink intersect with a block of solid-color material, instead of a chunk of wispy-veined marble; as it is, the design pulls in opposite directions with its modernist form and classical material. But beyond appearances, the sink is impressively engineered, with precision cuts and a cleverly concealed drain. victorvasilev.com
What gives the Cyclone cooktop its name are the seemingly whirling gas flames, produced by channeling the fire through curved slits—rather than the standard round perforations—of the burner cap. And there are other illuminating features, too. LED lights beneath the control knobs and at the tips of the grates glow with a variable intensity that reflects the heat levels of each hob. arcelikas.com
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty. Leslie is the products editor for The Architect's Newspaper.