The holiday weekend did allow for some much-needed outdoor time, and this spring's crop of baby birds was joyously in evidence. Fledglings were hop-flying through the hedges, their nervous parents tweeting and keeping a close eye. These birds, part of the 'Dolce Stil Novo' cooking collection designed by Guido Canali, are quite fixed in place, dipping their metal bills into a new type of burner that uses energy-efficient fuel-injection technology [note the lack of little holes found on typical gas burners]. The pan-supports come in motifs other than avian: butterflies, fruits, and flora designs are also offered. smeg.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.