THE HAND-CUT PIETRO CARDOSA STONE CENTRAL HEARTH, TOPPED BY A POLISHED stainless steel chimney, ensures there is always a fire in this kitchen. The fireplace provides an unusual barrier between dirty dishes and guests while still allowing conversation to flow easily.

CATEGORY: Kitchen; ENTRANT/ARCHITECT/INTERIOR DESIGNER: CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares, Boston; BUILDER: Art Rawson, Richmond, Mass.; LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Golden Bough Landscape, Housatonic, Mass.