Kitchen Covet | Statement-Making French Range Cookers
We explore seven kitchens where a focal French range cooker sets the tone for cultivated design and cuisine.
Whether it be inside a New York terrace or a Brutalist-inspired Belgian home, a French range cooker is guaranteed to make a statement in the kitchen. And when it comes to French range cookers, La Cornue is the name to know. Established in France in 1908, La Cornue are purveyors of premium ovens and range cookers; each oven is handcrafted by master artisans in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Ouen-l’Aumône to this day. While the design of the oven’s shell has changed over time, La Cornue have maintained their distinct French heritage look, with each cooker available in a customisable range of enamel colours and finishes.
Aesthetics aside, La Cornue are also globally renowned for their superior cooking capabilities. The cooking technology, patented in 1908, is inspired by the vaulted tunnels in the Paris metro system. The unique shape of La Cornue’s vaulted gas ovens allows air to circulate naturally and evenly around dishes, resulting in maximum heat distribution and flavour.
In this feature, we see how a La Cornue range cooker becomes the pièce de résistance in seven different kitchens.
This once-dilapidated Manhattan brownstone has been restored to its former glory by Austin and New York City-based firm Hunt Architecture. The kitchen relays the charm of Manhattan through ornate brass fixtures and intricate crown architraves, while swaths of Calacatta Turquoise marble clad the rangehood, benchtops, shelves, niches and designated home bar. Together with the walnut timber floors and a blue and brass La Cornue CornuFé 110, the kitchen channels a sense of old-world glamour with present-day functionality.
Stockholm-based creative Nathalie Berthelius reimagined this late 1900s home in Ostermalm, Sweden, through form, colour and function. Nathalie says the La Cornue cooker in a bespoke truffle hue is ‘the queen of the house’, revealing it inspired the kitchen’s overall design. “The La Cornue Le Château 150 cooker was the first item in the home I chose, and myself and the team at Himlekok designed the entire kitchen design around this standout piece,” she says.
Featuring two gas-electric ovens, two large storage drawers and a customisable range of hob options, the Le Château 150 offers complete cooking flexibility. “We opted for an induction cooktop instead of gas, giving the La Cornue cooker a modern sensibility to suit this residential project’s sober design scheme,” Nathalie adds.
At Home with Designer Mandy Graham
Los Angeles designer Mandy Graham’s own home – a circa 1920s Spanish cottage in Palos Verdes, California – accurately reflects her refined yet eclectic style. Peering into the kitchen through the archway, you first notice the custom-painted black La Cornue CornuFé 110, set within curved solid walnut joinery. This solid walnut and soapstone cabinetry unit was custom-designed to integrate with the first-class La Cornue range cooker, with square metal panels faintly mimicking the design of the oven.
Home to an accessories designer and artist, this extensive remodel by Le Whit sees the joining of two apartment units in Chelsea, New York City. In the kitchen, light white oak encases the star of the show; a bubblegum-pink La Cornue CornuFé 110. “The La Cornue was our client’s dream kitchen centrepiece – it was the first item we specified,” Le Whit founder Liza Curtiss says. The La Cornue CornuFé 110 and complementary La Cornue Château hood informed the playful kitchen scheme, accompanied by blue-veined marble and gradient pink stools.
Apartment Turenne by Humbert & Poyet
This reworked 250 m2 apartment in Paris’ Le Marais is inspired by a culmination of artistic movements, including modernism, Art Deco and Memphis. The kitchen straddles classic and modern design with contemporary sage-green cabinetry and timeless Arabescato marble. A polished copper and stainless steel La Cornue CornuFé 110 is the hero of the kitchen space and fuses both styles as one, agreed on by both the homeowners and the designers. “The owners are avid cooks, so functionality and practicality were crucial in the kitchen design,” Humbert & Poyet designer Christophe Poyet explains. Slightly smaller than La Cornue’s legacy product, Le Château, the CornuFé 110 includes a central burner with 4kW of power and two independent ovens.
Revived by Nicolas Schuybroek Architects, this 1800s home in the historic centre of Antwerp is the weekend pied-a-terre for a Paris-based fashion creative. “Our goal was to create a timeless, warm-minimalist and elegant house in tune with its past and the client’s needs,” Nicolas explains. The kitchen is entirely clad in honed white marble, punctuated by a La Cornue Grand Palais 180 range cooker. This dual-oven range cooker has been the crown jewel of the La Cornue family for more than three generations, with both vaulted ovens connecting to gas and electricity.