Life in 1958 was different. I guess if your kitchen had a Cuisine Centré instead of a sink you'd put on your pearls and whip up a strawberry dessert, too. The integral small-appliance hub simplified that process; today you'd have to haul out the blender and the mixer, make room for them on the cluttered the counter, and get to work. The fact that the sink—I mean, the Centré—merited a dedicated peninsula for its placement is proof of the esteem in which it was held [if not by the homeowner, at least by the manufacturer].
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.