Dropping a butcher-block into a stone counter? Sure, no problem. But how about dropping a block of stone into a steel surface? I like the textural accent that results, and the change in height could delineate a prep or service zone—such a treatment could be useful around the cooktop, where it would provide ample area for hot pots to rest. valcucine.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.