"If you want to pull out all the stops, start with a La Cornue range," designer
Frank Ponterio says. It's the dark center of a wall of white cabinetry, and its elegant brass trim inspired the brass fixtures, which are unlacquered so they will mellow over time. Then he picked up the black with Pietra Cardosa stone on the counters, dark furniture, and a dark floor. "It's a handsome, black-tie look that suits this traditional 100-year-old house."
1. Choose an Invisible Fridge
Twin 36-inch Sub-Zero refrigerators with freezer drawers are integrated into the cabinetry, so the focus remains on the star of the show — that range. "Everything else is part of the backdrop," Ponterio says.
2. Put Down a Butcher Block
This separate piece was designed to function as a cutting board and look like an antique chest. It holds knives, serving pieces, and linens. During a party, it's the perfect place to set out the hors d'oeuvres.
3. Add Some Bright Lights
Two classic Wilton lanterns by Jamb are beautifully made and "fit the DNA of the house," Ponterio says. "I needed something to balance the visual weight of the hood without overpowering the room."
4. Install a Matching Hood
"The La Cornue Château 150 is not your ordinary stove," Ponterio says. "It's basically a Rolls-Royce you can cook on." He designed a hood detailed to match in black powder-coated metal with brass straps.
5. Cover It With Marble
One entire wall — even the window casings — is covered in Calacatta Gold marble. Then Ponterio added another level of interest — the marble above the range is cut and pieced together to form recessed panels.
Tour the rest of the kitchen below:
A closer look at the stove.
A bar sink creates a separate space for prep and storage.
Get the Look:
1. Faucet and Handles
Julia Three-Hole Kitchen Faucet with Porcelain Lever Handles in Unlacquered Brass. $1,841.
Julian Chest shown in Brownstone. Available in 34 finishes. $1,449.
3. Cabinet Knobs
Sheraton Knob in Antiqued Brass. $55 each.
4. Copper Pot
By Ruffoni. Artichoke-Handled 12-Quart Stockpot. $475.
5. Wire-Mesh Grille Insert
Pattern #322 in Antique Brass. From $300 per sheet.
6. 30-inch Range
Château 75 Range in Brilliant Black and Brushed Brass. From $22,000.
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