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). No wonder celebrities seem to be the biggest buyers of the top-of-the-line appliance.
In Anne Hathaway’s chalet-inspired California home, a white range finished with brushed stainless steel and brass accents from the company’s popular 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. The series is made to order exclusively in the company’s Saint-Ouen l’Aumône workshop outside Paris. Eight thousand configurations are possible.
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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 (pictured 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.
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 new line for La Cornue (price upon request), which comes with two warming cupboards and a walnut chopping block in the center. Have cooking FOMO yet? Fortunately, you can get your hands on some more affordable La Cornue products through retailers like Williams Sonoma.
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