As usual, the advent of autumn brings a mix of warm days and ever-colder nights that I find disorienting [let's not even think about the depressing return to the darkness of Standard Time]. Here's a food-prep helper that mirrors this condition. [My apologies for the less-than-optimal photography.] Inset on an island top, these spacious, temperature-controlled pads are identified by icons etched into their stainless-steel surfaces. The 'heat wave' zone [left] keeps foods warm up to 40ºC/104ºF, while the area marked with a 'snowflake' [right] cools at 4ºC/39ºF. arclinea.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.