Stainless steel-appliances have incessantly infiltrated kitchens for the past several years, so does black feel new again? 's new W collection presents a futuristic lineup of matte black designs that appeal to those looking for both functionality and aesthetics — and are a far cry from the dated designs of a few decades ago. A collaboration with the French architect-designer Jean-Michel Wilmotte, the new collection features pieces that appear more like contemporary chests and consoles than professional-grade stovetops and ovens. "Black is elegance, simplicity, sobriety, rigor, mystery," says Wilmotte. "This color allows us to adapt to the diversity of styles of our clients. It is a color which is both modern and respectful of the past."