The work of Parisian designer Jean-Louis Deniot, this kitchen is quite the alluring space, n'est-ce pas? Sharing the same neutral-hued wood lets the cabinets, walls, and even part of the ceiling quiet the room. Positioning the banquette so diners face away from the work zones is trés civilized; it underscores the not-so-subtle difference between an eat-in and a see-in kitchen. Set at staggered heights, the pendant lights remind me of nothing so much as Champagne bubbles. deniot.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.