One of the reasons why winter is so depressing is its monotony. Days on end of overcast skies, afternoon snowfall, and subfreezing temperatures collude to numb the senses. In an effort to snap out of this funk, I present the Neo Salon kitchen, which was introduced last month at Passagen during the LivingKitchen show in Cologne. Jittery with pattern and reflection [yes, that's a mirror-covered island], the design by Mike Meiré is just the thing to rouse me out of my seasonal somnambulism. Sculptural niches, display pedestals, and other elements not commonly found in the kitchen signal a new way of thinking about the room and its role in our homes and lives. Stay tuned. nolte-kuechen.de
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.