A kitchen where a custom Diva de Provence gas range offers traditional old-world style.
Diva de Provence ranges are a rarity because the Diva brand is no longer available in the U.S. and Canada except through commercial kitchen suppliers. Previously known for pioneering induction ranges, the Diva withdrew from the U.S. and Canadian markets about five years ago. However, Diva evidently will still make a custom commercial style gas range. These don’t come with conventional warranties or service so special arrangements through a restaurant supplier, are required.
To that end, Connecticut designer Emma Jane Pilkington turned to Maverick Cuisine, a New Jersey based restaurant design company to supply the Diva for her own home. Her husband, an avid cook, wanted a high-powered commercial range with old-world styling. This black one was custom and the installation has a special feature, too. The Diva was installed over a stone insert in the floor. The insert extends from the back of the range to well beyond the front — by about a foot or so. Even though it sits on legs, to facilitate cleaning, the Diva’s stone floor apron provides judicious heat-proofing. The stone also protects the kitchen’s gorgeous wide-plank fumed oak antique floorboards. A collection of antique copper pots hang from a pot rack installed over the tile range guard. And the kitchen’s work table is a Swedish antique.
Also in this superbly refined kitchen, custom limed oak cabinets sit below azul cascais Portuguese limestone counters.
In addition to Diva there are other commercial European ranges made primarily for restaurant use. These include Molteni, Charvet, Caumartin (available through the U.S. Lacanche distributor) as well as Delaubrac, Bonnet and the Italian Officine Gullo. Custom European ranges tend to be ultra high end with investment level price tags north of $20,000.
For more on European style commercial ranges, including Bonnet and La Cornue, see my post on Monster Stoves.
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