In this kitchen detail, there's a kind of upstairs/downstairs play of surfaces. Elegant marble clads the always-visible backsplash, while proletarian tile covers the wall inside the cabinets. New construction lacks a genuine history; through its use of material artifice, this design invents a scenario. blakeslondon.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.