With the new Dolce Stil Novo gas hob range Smeg has managed to do something severely lacking in appliance design, they added personality. Made from polished premium stainless steel each hob, designed by noted architect and long time Smeg collaborator Guido Canali, has intricately cut trivets in anything but typical form factors. Brogue loves the playful feeding birds, but fruits, bugs and leafs are also available if you’re looking for something subtle. Hidden behind the all this whimsy however lies a brand new ultra-efficient gas burner that creates a solid vertical ring flame which reduces heat dispersion and improves efficiency by 20 per cent.

From £1,099, Smeguk.com