A selective review of the products, places and perspectives central to kitchen and bath design
18 May 2012
The claim of 'new and improved', as quasi-contradictory as it may be, has sold a lot of major appliances over the years. As one of the most despised tasks in the kitchen, cleaning the stove is perennially ripe for such a textbook marketing pitch. This approach—dunking the oven's wall panels into the sink—certainly qualified as 'new' in 1964, and while the technique was arguably an improvement over this method, it left something to be desired. Unless, of course, your sink was the size of a bathtub.
is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen and bath industries. 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.