Elegant Elements

By Maggie Reed

May 2, 2008 3 min read


Kitchen furniture designed to add flair and function

By Maggie Reed

Copley News Service

Some people think you can never have too much counter space and storage in a kitchen. If you need more of both, but aren't quite ready to fund a full remodel, consider these choices of carts, cabinets and workstations that add flair and function to your space.


Celebrity chef Michael Chiarello's retail line, NapaStyle, reflects his love of the Northern California wine country. His Carrara Marble Kitchen Island is imported from Italy and sure to delight anyone who works with pastry. The top is made of solid white marble, which the Web site says "keeps a chill on dough .... and naturally brightens up any kitchen."

The unit also features two convenient drawers for tools and spices; pullout cutting board; open, balanced shelving; and a central wine rack for six bottles. Crafted of hand-lathed ashwood, the versatile workstation retails for $1,398.

For more information, call 866-776-1600 or visit www.napastyle.com.


The Somerset Kitchen Island adds not only work space and storage, but beauty and efficiency to your kitchen.

The butcher-block top is crafted from solid birch and has a 10-inch drop-down leaf for additional work space. Three large drawers and a two-door cabinet with pewter-finish hardware hold utensils, serving pieces and small appliances. The sides feature hooks and a towel bar for dishclothes and aprons.

The wood frame features a rubbed black or white finish and rests on four industrial-grade caster wheels. Two of the wheels lock to make moving and repositioning a breeze.

The Somerset Kitchen Island retails for $499. The smaller Somerset Cart is $349. For more information, call 800-967-6696 or visit www.crateandbarrel.com.


The Boos End-Grain Butcher Block Workbench offers quite a bit of added space measuring 5 feet long and 28 inches deep.

The top is crafted from laminated blocks of northern hard rock maple and includes a carving well at one end. The end-grain construction (with a vertically cut wood grain) makes for the strongest cutting surface that is exceptionally durable and also gentle on knives.

Three maple drawers provide a place to store your utensils and tools while two towel bars lend a place for your towels or hanging utensils. The bottom shelf of maple slats is strong enough to hold even heavy appliances. The frame is made of stainless steel and sits on adjustable floor glides for stability.

For this exclusive design, Williams-Sonoma paired with John Boos, a company known since 1887 for fine wood kitchen furnishings.

The workbench retails for $2,099. For more information, call 877-812-6235 or visit www.williams-sonoma.com.

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