Hood Wink

The hulking metal overhead vent gets a (nearly invisible) update.



THE NUISANCE: Conventional kitchen design leaves home chefs with two choices: hang a beastly hood over your island stove or quit making curry.

THE SOLUTION: Arclinea’s transparent 9-inch-tall glass hood rises from the counter to clear out heat, smoke, and cooking smells, then retracts when dinner’s done. With an airflow of 1,000 cubic meters per hour, it’s just as efficient—and much, much better-looking—than the typical space-hogging versions. Hideable hood, part of custom island stove, $25,000–$150,000, Arclinea.