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The heavy metal handrails, the elaborate trim work, the shiny brass burners—French luxury brand La Cornue’s ranges look like treasure chests. And who doesn’t want to feel like they’ve struck gold every time they walk into their kitchen? The handcrafted pieces have a reputation for getting it right (picture perfectly seared salmon and never-too-crispy chicken every single time). But they’re also known for being expensive. The company’s crown jewel, the Grand Palais 180 range, starts at $25,000. The series is made to order exclusively in the company’s Saint-Ouen l’Aumône workshop outside Paris. Eight thousand configurations are possible. No wonder celebrities seem to be the biggest buyers of the top-of-the-line appliance. 

Pictured, above, is Sandra Bullock’s San Diego home, which just hit the market for a cool $6 million, per TopTenRealEstateDeals.com, and at the heart of her almost-all-white space is the coveted piece. The range itself spans nearly 6 feet in length, but Bullock made it look even larger by opting for a set of four drawers on either side—a smart move given the L-shaped kitchen isn’t necessarily decked out in cabinetry.

In Anne Hathaway’s chalet-inspired California home, a white range finished with brushed stainless steel and brass accents from the same Chateau line adds a touch of glamour to the cottage-like setting. Supermodel Karen Elson’s ivory and cream pick exudes a similar sense of nostalgia. Ellen Pompeo was less subtle in her kitchen. In addition to the range, her entire cabinetry is by La Cornue—and she even bought the brand’s Flamberge rotisserie. Drake also decided to flaunt his massive purchase. The rapper’s Toronto home features the first stove from Ferris Rafauli’s line for La Cornue, which comes with two warming cupboards and a walnut chopping block in the center.


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To see how a designer incorporates the statement appliance into a space, look no further than Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent’s kitchen (above). The pair went the seamless route and matched their range’s finishes to the golden brown tones of their Calacatta Macchia Vecchia marble countertops and backsplash. 

Fortunately, you can get your hands on some more affordable La Cornue products through retailers like Williams Sonoma. No cooking FOMO here.

This story was originally published September 2020. It has been updated.