This kitchen island, made of luxe mahogany and cherry wood with brass accents, is more than just a pretty place to stash your oft-used cooking stuff. When needed, a low table slides out from the end of the unit, adding extra surface area for prep tasks. Up top, an inset marble slab for working pastry and a removable cutting board complete the package. From the Felix collection. frenchheritage.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.