Continuing KBCULTURE's salute to La Fête Nationale, I'd like to share a small but telling example of product design that illustrates la différence between the Gallic sensibility and that of the rest of the world. Your typical beach- or market-umbrella base is filled with sand; the French fill theirs with champagne. [This model is named Coupe.]
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.