It's cold enough to light up the fireplace today. While mine is in the usual living-room location, I can't help but speculate on such a feature in the kitchen. At counter height, it could easily be used for hearth cookery, a primitive pursuit I've long been interested in more for its arcane equipment than any hipster-chef neo-authenticity. In fact, it's just that anachronistic quality which draws me to this room, with its mix of modern and traditional design.
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.