Mono-slabs of a single surfacing material have their place: in a contemporary kitchen, they're just what the designer ordered. But I find that approach rather flat-footed in rooms of a traditional bent. Here, stone tile edged in wood opens up the color palette, and contrasts nicely with the zinc sink deck. For grime-o-phobes casting a scolding eye on those grout lines, I humbly suggest a good sealer and a cutting board. marchicucine.it
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.