Under ordinary circumstances, I'd be lining up posts on alfresco kitchens and floral-patterned tile, but winter has obviously no intention of making way for such spring-like concerns. As I write, a wretched mix of snow and rain is pounding down on us. So—with sincere apologies for the sad lighting and propping situation [Furry hides on birch stumps? Really?]—here's a still-seasonal item. Incorporated into a cooking island or dining table, the Firetube promises to keep things toasty during those long chilly nights—whenever they occur. firetube.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.