How do you get a home chef's motor running? You design a kitchen sporting the hi-tech lines and luxury of a legendary sports car.
At this weekend's Fall Home Show in Toronto, designer Mike Ford of the firm Dolce Mano has taken everyone's dream automobile - the Aston Martin - and turned it into a modern, ultra chic kitchen.
"I wanted to capture the feeling and quality of a luxury automobile in a kitchen," the designer explains. "Through materials, colour and style, I think that we were able to capture the sleek and timeless appeal" of a car that none other than James Bond drives.
Featuring a leather-upholstered island, vertical lift-up cabinets and turbo-drive drawers (they basically open and close for you), the kitchen is geared to appeal to a largely untapped market: male foodies.
"The kitchen is the focal point of the home for many families and, since men are increasingly managing this hub, it is only natural that the design of the kitchen reflects this," John Fazari, vice-president of Dolce Mano, says.
But this kitchen isn't just for the boys. According to Fazari, "women are loving the motorized cabinetry and we've already had dozens of requests for the leather finish."
With a price tag of about $60,000, the kitchen, which takes about eight to 10 weeks to deliver, is less pricey than its namesake car. And like the auto, it's available in a range of finishes.
Gentlemen, start your ovens?
Dolce Mano's kitchen will be on display at the Fall Home Show ( ) in Toronto through tomorrow. For more information, visit .