A selective review of the products, places and perspectives central to kitchen and bath design
14 September 2012
You Might Well Ask
Reading this ad [click the picture to enlarge it] for the Smoothtop range, this statement made me laugh out loud: 'The one kitchen element which everyone considered hopeless suddenly emerges compact, smart, modern...'. From today's perspective, that might seem quite an exaggeration, but in 1926, the behemoth cast-iron cookstove was still a part—albeit a diminished one—of the domestic landscape.
The 'new-style' kitchen certainly sizzles with color. I do suspect that architect J. Floyd Yewell was a man of rather tall stature, given his positioning of the most-curious cabinet near the sink.
is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen and bath industries. 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.