Indian Artist/Cabinetmaker (Unknown)

Cradle with Makara

India/Netherlands (c. 1700)

Carved Ebony, Ivory; 89 ×135 × 63 cm.

This cradle is an example of the luxurious furniture that was made in Asia for VOC officials. Its shape is European, but the Indian cabinetmaker used eastern materials, such as ebony and ivory. The decoration does not consist of floral motifs, as was customary for furniture, but rather Hindu figures, such as the makara, a fish-like mythical creature.

-Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Stand-out surface. A polished marble countertop combines with other materials to give this kitchen a classic yet clean-lined feel. The dark veining in the marble surface ties together the mix of camel and white materials and finishes throughout the space. We love this elegant, high-end look.

Classic cottage. Beautiful in tried and true off-white and designed to entertain effortlessly. To maximize storage, create islands and shelving that have dual function. Islands that offer access to storage or exterior shelving for extra space keep you organized and party ready at a moments notice.

Get The Look: Black Cabinetry

Sleek and bold, black kitchen cabinets make the ultimate statement.

When using black as the primary colour for your kitchen cabinets, you will need to consider the other aspects of your kitchen and how you avoid making the kitchen too dark or depressing dungeon-like tomb. The key to how you blend it with the countertops, floors, walls and lighting.


The lighting is one of, if not the most, important elements when it comes maintaining a balance between the dark of the cabinets and the light of the room. So you’ll need to take into account the amount of windows and natural lighting already in the room and what additional lighting you’ll need to achieve the desired effect.

Paint Type

The type of paint you use is also very important with black because, contrary to what people assume, everything shows up on it. A high-gloss black will show fingerprints and smudges more easily, so a flat black may be your preferred choice for easier maintenance. Both will require careful planning and placement for a kitchen design you’ll love for years to come.






Carve out space creatively. A built-in banquette, within your island, creates a smooth transition between the hardworking kitchen and nearby living room. In addition to providing a convenient dining area, the banquette lends a casual alternative to a formal dining space.