When Melinda and Ralph Mendelson, whose Pedregal Vineyards in Napa Valley produces grapes for Ramey Wine Cellars, built an addition on their house, they chose a striking design. It included a round kitchen with a butcher-block island in the center. But the shape posed unusual problems. For example, the room is bordered by curved counters, but it was difficult to construct concave cabinets. The Mendelsons faceted them instead, to create the illusion of a curve. The 25-foot-high ceiling made it hard to find a hood for the Wolf cooktop ($2,375; 800-332-9513). Eventually the Mendelsons ordered a custom copper model ($12,000 and up from Copperworks; 707-762-5530).
The 24-inch Thermador is conveniently located under the Wolf cooktop. DETAILS $970; 800-656-9226.
The two Thermadors were installed in the wallbecause Melinda's quite tall. DETAILS $3,600 for the pair; 800-656-9226.