Fans of old-world French provincial style go for blue La Cornue. It’s obvious.
A Provence blue La Cornue CornuFé 110 range is something of an event in a kitchen. The five burner, double oven, 43-inch range is a statement piece especially in Provence blue, the most seductive of the six colors. Introduced in 2005 as a more accessible alternative to La Cornue’s handmade traditional French ranges, CornuFé is coveted for its good looks and oven doors that swing open to the side. The Fé has more streamlined styling than its traditional sibling and options for personalizing trim finishes. On this blue range in a Missouri kitchen the trim is satin chrome and polished copper, one of three options. While pot filler faucets are usually wall mounted, this Waterstone pot filler is set on the deck of the island instead. At 21-inches tall it makes an unusual and handsome accessory. An Arteriors Henson stool is pulled up to the island next to the stove. It’s a great idea to have a place to sit and stir.
The French might call this dark navy blue color blu marine after the color their sailors wear. For me, it’s a more formal choice, especially with the cooler all-chrome trim. Having this darker blue range in a white kitchen provides a good opportunity for comparison. A gray marble subway tile backsplash keeps this sedate and conservative. In this kitchen Waterstone’s wall mounted pot filler is centered on the backsplash — some prefer it off to one side. However, with the CornuFé large 17,500 btu burner in the center of the range centering the pot filler makes sense. Chrome bin pulls and knobs on the cabinets coordinate well.
New York chef Laurence Tourondel, of BLT Steak fame, bought a cottage in the Hamptons and did much of the construction work on the kitchen himself. The Provence blue CornuFé with chrome trim sits in the center of a U-shape layout. It’s surprising that a chef would install a range against a pine shiplap wall without a vent hood but he did. And there’s the amusing mantel-like shelf that functions a little like a crown. Is that a way of saying, that the Fé is the queen of French ranges? Perhaps.
(Source: Karr Bick, Marianne Simon, The Kitchn)
Another Provence blue CornuFé appears in Vibrant Blue Kitchens.
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