"A new Boffi system called the On/Off Monoblock holds everything, then closes with the push of a button into a kind of armoire," says Petrucci, who sees clutter concealment gaining in stature, along with green solutions. "Boffi uses about 98 percent recycled materials, and a new Piero Lissoni design incorporates beautiful wooden planks from salvaged buildings." While Boffi and others offer composting options—from under-the-sink to a countertop hole that connects to an airtight container—"this is still a very tough sell here. Clearly, people have some catching up to do!"
Contributing editor Deborah Bishop approached "Kitchen Design 101" with keen interest, as she is currently plotting her own kitchen renovation. "Having read and been told that this is the most important room in the house- and seeing such an array of aesthetic approaches- I am now effectively paralyzed," confesses Bishop, even though her culinary triumphs tend, at best, toward toast and French-press coffee.