I think it's safe to say that regardless of what the rest of this kitchen may look like, this dining alcove would be the most popular part of the room. The slightly angled banquette avoids the unsocial, shoulder-to-shoulder seating afforded by a straight bench. My own fantasy about this space would be to stretch out along one section, my back against the base cabinets, look up, and contemplate the treetops. lewisschoeplein.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.