The quest for an outdoor, wood-fired pizza oven that doesn't look like a rejected design for the Tin Man's hat may have come to an end. The Nordic roots of the Morsø Forno are evident in its mid-century form, as well as its heritage. Designed by Klaus Rath, it's produced by a company that has been designated as a Purveyor to the Royal Danish Court. morsona.com
A wall of patterned tile might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about 'the view' from a kitchen. But if there's no pleasing vista to be found, I think this is a rather nice solution. The louvered shutters on the windows and doors add to the ambiance—although they, too, may be providing a screen against less-than-perfect scenery. spechtharpman.com
Dateline: Anytown, America, 1952. Be-aproned housewives joyously dance among improbably huge washers, refrigerators, and ranges, which promise liberation from dirt, frost, dishpan hands, and other domestic scourges. Not exactly on the level of the Emancipation Proclamation or FDR's Four Freedoms, but we're just talking appliances, here.
Contrary to one bloviating billionaire's views [I'm looking at you—and your hair—Donald J. Trump], society does benefit from cross-cultural discourse. This hand-painted cabinet unites Asian detailing with the quintessentially English hue, Wedgwood Blue, to create a hybrid design that's the best of two worlds. smallbone.co.uk
I'm definitely seeing the rockets' red glare in the Succo 4 ceramic tile. The tracery has an uneven, smoky quality to it, dissipating into the deep field. The lines are digitally produced, although the pattern is excerpted from Rococo geometry. It's a two-tile repeat, for those who want to test the limits of freedom of expression. crinson.com
It's understandable if the Icon fitting would inspire an in-shower performance of 'Yankee Doodle', or some other patriotic ditty. While the handshower is offered in any number of colors, the red version [whose face bears a slight resembles a pyrotechnic display] is certain to make bathers spray it loud and proud. grohe.com
With the Fourth of July on the horizon, posts this week will take a turn for the red, white, or blue palette. It's not just the robin's egg hue of this kitchen that makes it so arresting. Its design independence is further declared by the field of grooved wood that covers portions of the walls. It's a way of using texture and color in the kitchen that I haven't seen before. thomaskroeger.net
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.