Some designs are so simple that you wonder why it took someone so long to come up with it. That’s the feeling I got when I saw the Fires Line cooktop from the Italian manufacturer Binova Techno-Logical. Unlike a traditional cooktop that is arranged in a two-line configuration, the manufacturer positioned the cooking elements single file, which improves the functionality and efficiency of the kitchen. You could also set the burners farther back on the counter, out of the reach of children. Priced from $3,950, the unit measures 54 inches long and 13¾ inches wide. It’s distributed exclusively by Chicago-based Haute Living. www.haute-living.com.