A few years ago, I did a story about the future of kitchen design that featured an exquisite kitchen by Toronto-based designers Powell & Bonnell, (see pics right and below). At the time, I was working on my own kitchen reno (well, actually, I still am) and while the look was too luxe for my place, which I affectionately refer to as The Hodge Podge Lodge, the design was inspiring. David Powell and Fenwick Bonell (isn't that the best name ever?) created a beautifully clean-lined space with separate islands for cooking, clean-up and eating. The kitchen and living areas were bridged by a long glass counter top. I especially loved the custom-designed overhead lighting and the full-length steel library ladder that provided access to extra storage on the upper reaches. So I'm really looking forward to what the duo will create for the Crystal Clear exhibit at the upcoming Interior Design Show. They're one of six Canadian firms who will construct prototypes and installations and inspired by and featuring Swarovski crystal. Expect the results of the collective talent here to shine.