Hob snobs: the ultimate cooking tables

The latest kitchens are architect-designed and bring the cooker centre stage for the ultimate ‘socialise as you cook’ space.
The buzz at this year’s EuroCucina – the trend-setting, bi-annual kitchen show at Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile - focused on freestanding cooking tables. Leading architects have created many of the designs, giving kitchens a radical new look. Crisp, sculptural lines are combined with multi-functionality, and provide the perfect solution to the eternal problem of socialising while cooking.
La Cornue W
French architect, Jean-Michel Wilmotte, has deconstructed the traditional kitchen, reducing it to three essential elements – induction table, extraction hood and vaulted oven. Defined by graphic lines and minimal styling, each piece is hand-built to order. The enamelled steel-framed table (from £13,700) has a state-of-the-art 14kw induction hob with four cooking zones and a prep area. Hand-made, walnut surfaces can extend the table into a bespoke cooking/dining island. Add a remote-controlled, enamelled steel hood (£3,900) and an all-electric version of La Cornue’s renowned, vaulted oven (from £10,000) for restaurant-quality results (lacornue.com; 0870 789 5107).


La Cornue W: by French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. From £27,600 for table, hood and oven (lacornue.com)
Boffi’s Open
Launched to great acclaim in Milan, Boffi’s debut outdoors kitchen is designed by Italian architect, Piero Lissoni. It’s an all-in-one unit made from stainless steel with concealed connections to water, gas and electricity supplies. There’s a big central chopping board with two under-drawers and a long wooden prep or serving surface. Stylish and sleek, it ticks all the boxes for glamorous al fresco feasting with dedicated areas for preparation, cooking, serving, eating and washing up. An indoor version can be fitted with an integral dishwasher. Price on request (boffiuk.com; 020 7629 0058).


Open: Boffi’s debut outdoor kitchen, designed in stainless steel by Italian architect Piero Lissoni. Price on request (boffiuk.com)
Elmar @ Home
A star turn at EuroCucina 2014 was Elmar’s new @Home kitchen in black walnut and marble. Elmar, a Treviso-based family-run kitchen specialist collaborated with the Italian partnership, C&S Architects, on this chic design, which perfectly combines a cutting-edge approach with home comforts. A long central table with integral hob is the centrepiece while a dramatic overhead hood, reminiscent of organ pipes, supplies extraction and can be fitted with an audio system and lighting. Further bespoke elements include a freestanding food pantry, open or closed bookcase-style units for customised storage and a greenhouse (a glass-sided trough with automated watering system) for growing herbs. From £20,000. Stockist: laurencepidgeon.com (020 7610 6166).


@Home: Elmar’s new kitchen in black walnut and marble. From £20,000 (laurencepidgeon.com)
Lando’s Convivio
Designed by architect, Enzo Berti, for Italian kitchen specialist, Lando, this multi-functional cooking table is sculptural yet surprisingly compact at 260cm x 80cm. The top comes in a choice of white Calcutta marble or black Marquina marble while the solid wood base is made in either walnut or larch. The cooking table features a four-hob burner, sink, chopping board and cylindrical overhead extractor. A lower shelf, located neatly between the chunky trestle legs, is handy for storing pots and pans. This chic Italian design is the perfect solution for combined kitchen/living spaces. From around £15,000. Stockist enquiries: madeinlando.it


Convivio: designed by architect Enzo Berti for Italian kitchen specialist Lando. From about £15,000. (madeinlando.it)
Pedini’s Arts & Crafts
Classic Italian style meets contemporary minimalism in the new ‘Rustic Charm’ kitchen in Pedini’s Arts & Crafts series. Designed by Alfredo Zangiaro, the cooking table combines a Canaletto walnut surface with a grey Laminam ‘porcelain’ slab and weathered steel legs. A four-burner hob and sink are inset in the table while further elements, such as open ladder shelving and appliance-hiding cabinets, can be configured around the kitchen walls. Launched at EuroCucina, it is available from September (price on request) from Pedini London (pedinilondon.co.uk; 020 7720 8311).


Rustic charm: part of the Arts & Crafts collection at Pedini. Price on request (pedinilondon.co.uk)

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