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REMODELED KITCHENS Open to the light This new kitchen is a bright, airy space that fulfills its role as the social heart of the home


City life to country air Reflecting the exuberance of a young family, this practical design is punctuated by vibrant pattern and touches of modern chic


Changing places An interior rethink provided the perfect opportunity to reorganize this penthouse and give the kitchen a central position


Back to the future Living made easy – this modern kitchen is right at home in a grand 1870s house in an historic neighborhood


Grace and balance Subtle modern accents set off this refined and spacious traditional kitchen


KITCHEN DESIGN No matter the size or style, the success of a kitchen project is dependent upon the people and products involved.


MAKING CONNECTIONS Gone fishing The pull of the great outdoors is ever present for the owners of a new house in the marshlands


Character strengths This remodeled kitchen is shaped by the disparate tastes of its owners and a quest to improve connections to the surrounding spaces


New lease of life Formerly a collection of small boxy rooms, this remodeled living area has transformed a 1920s house – and the family’s lifestyle



With a little pizzazz With its reflective backpainted glass doors, this apartment kitchen is both eye-catching and highly functional



Frozen river This airy kitchen blends a touch of rusticity with material connections to the natural world


Natural selection Warm cherry cabinetry enlivens this kitchen designed for a couple who are both professional chefs


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CONTEMPORARY KITCHENS Up with the play In modernizing a ’60s home, the design team created this large kitchen, visually anchored by an L-shaped island


Life is for sharing A marble-clad peninsula is a key feature of this kitchen, which allows both owners to prep and cook side by side


Command central From the super-efficient work triangle to the high-end cabinetry, this townhouse kitchen is ideally suited to the modern family


Podcasting A central pod-like element serves to separate areas of use in this two-tone, minimalist kitchen


Emotion and ergonomics This contemporary kitchen remodel features several design elements that extend functionality and make it a pleasure to use


Nothing but the truth Set within a sculptural house built in rugged off-form concrete, this pared-back kitchen offers a warm material contrast


Quietly confident Colors and materials in this kitchen were selected to create subtle connections with the interiors in the rest of the house



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Open to the light Part of a whole house remodel, this new kitchen is a bright, airy space that fulfills its role as the social heart of the home Over the course of several decades, most houses undergo multiple remodels, and this house was no exception. Architect Geoff Prentiss, commissioned to design a whole house renovation, says the interior had been remodeled many times, in a variety of different styles. “The location, right on the waterfront, was the big drawcard for the new owners,” he


says. “But the house needed extensive work. The existing kitchen was dated and dark. The clients, who are very interested in design, wanted a modern kitchen where several people could work at the same time, and they wanted a much lighter, brighter space.” In response, the architect created a galley-style kitchen, with slide-fold doors opening up the entire space to the

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outdoors, where there is a second supporting kitchen with its own grill and sink. On the island and end unit, cherry wood wraps around the cabinetry, with negative detailing providing shadow lines and textural interest. Other cabinets have flush doors, and several overhead doors are in frosted glass framed with steel. “Raw steel features in other areas of the house, so we

have continued the look here,” Prentiss says. “The frosted glass and the lights inside the cabinetry reinforce the light, bright quality of the space. And the brushed stainless steel backsplash reflects both the natural daylight and the under-cabinet lighting.” The overall space is further lightened by white terrazzo countertops, and by new glass stairs and acrylic panels on a

sliding door to the adjoining media room. “We floated a large wood bar top above the island so it doesn’t look too heavy,” says Prentiss. “The top is part of a huge Douglas fir beam that was formerly a structural support for the roof.” A small passage to the left of the kitchen incorporates a butler’s pantry, and a dog shower for the owner’s pet.


Preceding pages and above: Wood kitchens need not be dark – this kitchen designed by architect Geoff Prentiss is a light-filled space that opens up to a spectacular water view. The cabinetry features a mix of cherry wood with negative detailing, and steel-framed frosted glass. Facing page and left: The original square kitchen has been replaced with a more user-friendly design, with plenty of space for several people to work simultaneously.

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Architect: Geoff Prentiss, Prentiss Architects, Inc (Seattle WA) Interior designer: Gregory Carmichael, Gregory Carmichael Interior Design Cabinet company: Cabinetworks Custom Design and Woodwork Cabinetry: Cherry with natural finish Hardware: Linnea Inspirational Hardware Countertops: Terrazzo; reclaimed timber Flooring: Berkshire birch from Greater Seattle Floors; terrazzo Doors and windows: Steel by Hope’s Windows; wood by Quantum Windows and Doors; supplied by Goldfinch Brothers, Inc Skylights: Custom Skylights Paints: Benjamin Moore Kitchen pendants: Thomas Stempel Glass Sinks: Franke Regatta on perimeter; Kohler Undertone on island Faucets: KWC Bliss Oven and microwave oven: Miele Refrigerator: Sub-Zero Wine cooler and beverage refrigerator: GE Dishwasher: Fisher & Paykel Double DishDrawer Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Michael Cole

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Left: The kitchen is the center of the home – literally and socially. The bar top is a recycled piece of Douglas fir that was once a beam supporting the roof. In addition to the white terrazzo on the countertops, there is a strip of white terrazzo flooring that defines the main circulation route through the house. The rest of the flooring is birch wood. Above: A long trough sink is a feature of the island, and is used in preparing drinks.


City life to country air Reflecting the exuberance of a young family, this practical design is punctuated by vibrant pattern and touches of modern chic


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When you hail from the city but move your family to the suburbs to give the children room to grow, you’re likely to want to bring a little urban modernity along with you. The owners of this kitchen did exactly that, leaving the excitement of the city for a 100-year-old suburban retreat. As part of the remodel of their new home, an extension was added, accommodating a

new kitchen downstairs and a master bedroom upstairs. The space planning, interior design and kitchen were all by designers Sally Wilson and John Kelsey. After moving from a townhouse to the country, the owners wanted to balance respect for the century-old home with their love of the vibrant city life they had left behind, says Kelsey.

“Gestalt, or a concept of wholeness, drives most of our projects and played a key part in working this request into a cohesive design,” he says. “Color, texture and a sense of visual balance and lightness all played their part in the design. At the same time, we wanted to ensure the space would be highly functional, and would reflect a lighter aesthetic suited to entertaining.”

Facing page: A casual seating area was a specific request that affected the entire design of this kitchen remodel. This space is used for anything from chatting with the cook to completing the day’s homework. The faux leather covering is easy to maintain. Above and following pages: Crisp white perimeter cabinetry is balanced by warm wood finishes on the island.

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Interior and kitchen designers: John Kelsey, Sally Wilson ASID, Wilson Kelsey Design (Salem, MA) Cabinetry: Custom by Wilson Kelsey Design, fabricated by Henry Becker Custom Building Countertops: Shivakashi granite by Stone Technology Backsplash: Legacy glass mosaic tiles by American Olean Kitchen sink: Shaws Original by Rohl Faucets: Perrin & Rowe in rubbed bronze Range: Thermador Microwave: Sharp Ventilation: Best Refrigeration: Sub-Zero Dishwasher: KitchenAid Waste disposal: InSinkErator Tile flooring: Carriage House, Buckskin by American Olean Dining furniture: Custom banquette by Wilson Kelsey Design Lighting: Dana Creath Designs, Lamplight Designs Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Jamie Cobel

Above: A sense of contemporary vitality is set against the need to respect the age of the 100-year-old residence. The large candelabra over the island also represents a nod to the past. Above right: The screened porch provides a comfortable indooroutdoor space. Stained wood decking contrasts the porcelain tile floor in the kitchen area, which was chosen for its enduring nature.


To this end, classic elements that reference the home’s age are teamed with light transitional cabinetry paneling and eye-catching elements with a more contemporary sensibility. “On the traditional side there are thick granite countertops, a farmhouse sink and pristine white cabinet finishes,” says Wilson. “The modern elements include the glittering glass tile backsplash

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– almost a pixilated version of the granite work surface opposite. At the end of the room, an open cabinet is fitted with glass shelves held in place by stainless steel clips.” Vibrancy comes from the colorful fabrics on the bar stools and also on a sofa that forms part of a casual seating area next to the windows. “The patterned materials – cotton on the stools and faux

leather on the sofa – create the feel of a living area rather than a cooking space,” says Kelsey. “French doors open to the porch, maximizing natural light and a sense of space.” A large pantry is set off the hallway, to help keep the kitchen free of clutter. save | share | images Search 38919 at

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Changing places An interior rethink provided the perfect opportunity to reorganize this penthouse apartment and give the kitchen a central position Apartment renovations come with their own set of challenges, but they can also be an opportunity to carefully re-evaluate and optimize the space at hand. When designing this kitchen, part of a two-story penthouse renovation, Paul Leuschke of Leuschke Kahn Architects ensured it would take a central position in the home. Originally built more than 20 years ago, the penthouse sits above a threestory building, and was tired and in need of a remodel, says Leuschke.

“The owners wanted to maximize the views and create a sense of spaciousness. This really drove the design of the penthouse and ensured the kitchen was an integral part of the wider living space.� With this in mind, several walls and floor joists were removed to create a light-filled space that opens into a doubleheight void, and the kitchen and living room were relocated. “We moved the kitchen to a position where it had some links and substance and where we could create that height. This

Facing page: Part of a penthouse renovation by architect Paul Leuschke, this light-filled contemporary family kitchen is oriented to harness the harbor views in the distance. A stainless steel counter continues past the floor-to-ceiling windows to maintain privacy, and is set above floor level to allow light in. Above: A large island countertop extends into a floating wooden breakfast table. The crisp look of the steel and the white Caesarstone island is balanced by the natural warmth of the stained oak cabinetry.

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Above: The dark wood floor, stainless steel counters and white cabinetry provide high textural contrasts. Simple, clean white walls complement the wood tones. To enhance the sense of space and light, a double-height void was created by removing several walls and floor joists. LED lighting features underneath the cabinetry on the back wall, with uplights above. Above right: The hard-wearing stainless steel countertop is used as a food preparation area. A coffee machine is built into the cabinetry beside the refrigerator. The island counter faces the living area to create a connection to the wider space.


meant changing places with the living area, where you spend most of the time sitting down. We felt it was more important to have height in the kitchen – it isn’t so important elsewhere,” says Leuschke. The contemporary family kitchen centers on the island countertop, which extends into the floating wooden breakfast table, harnessing the waterfront views. However, with large floor-to-ceiling windows and the elevated aspect, privacy was a concern. To address this, the architect carried the long stainless steel counter

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past the windows and raised the cabinetry off the ground to let in light. This bench forms the cooking center of the kitchen, with an integrated cooktop, steam oven and sink. To maintain a connection to the wider open-plan space, the island counter faces into the living area. At the end of the island unit, a Fisher & Paykel CoolDrawer was installed, alongside a separate drawer for glassware to ensure easy access from the living areas. Directly opposite, dark-stained wood

cabinetry provides additional storage and houses both the refrigerator and built-in coffee machine. The warm richness of the stained oak is set against the crisp white Caesarstone surfaces of the island unit and countertop, giving definition to the streamlined kitchen, says Leuschke. “The stained oak on the floors and cabinetry gives the kitchen warmth and strength while the bright, clean white pares it all back and connects nicely with the rest of the penthouse.�

Kitchen designer: Paul Leuschke NZIA, Leuschke Kahn Architects Cabinetry: J & T Concepts Countertops: Caesarstone Sink: Burns & Ferrall Faucets: Dornbracht Tara Walls: Resene in Double Alabaster Lighting: Pendant from ECC; Inlite Blinds: New Zealand Window Shades Flooring: Superior Floor Hardware: Halliday and Baillie Storage systems: Blum Ovens and induction cooktops: Miele Ventilation: Miele

Refrigerator: Fisher & Paykel Dishwasher: Asko Coffee machine: Miele Story by Ellen Dorset Photography by Jamie Cobel

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Back to the future Living made easy – this modern kitchen is right at home in a grand 1870s house in an historic Chicago neighborhood

What’s on the outside doesn’t always hint at what lies beyond, especially if a house has a historical character dating back more than a century. For example, this house, built in the 1870s, has a traditional Italianate Victorian architectural style in keeping with the historic Chicago neighborhood. But because homes are not museum pieces, but rather places where a family can live and entertain, the extensively remodeled kitchen is contemporary in both its look and its functionality.


Designer Julia Buckingham Edelmann, who designed the interior as well as the kitchen – with Vinci Hamp Architects – says this was one of the most modern projects she has worked on; in one of the oldest buildings. “Vinci Hamp gutted the entire interior, right down to the shell, and rebuilt with reverence and respect to the original footprint,” the designer says. “The kitchen is in the same place as the original, but we have doubled the amount of cabinetry. We have retained the high ceilings, tall

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windows and wide openings into the adjoining family room and formal dining room, so the interior of the house is still grand in its scale and proportion.” Edelmann says the owners undertake philanthropic work in the community, and love to entertain – they are often involved with fundraising. So the kitchen needed to be large enough for several people to work simultaneously. In addition to the perimeter cabinetry, which accommodates a sink, there is a large island with a second sink for food

preparation and plenty of counter space. “We chose a sapele wood veneer for the cabinets, which is a cousin to mahogany,” says Edelmann. “This is a beautiful, highly grained wood. The flush cabinets let the grain create the visual impact – there are no panels or mouldings to detract from the crisp, architectural look.” The modern aesthetic is also enhanced by the honed, square-edged Absolute Black granite countertops, and by an unconventional chain window treatment. “Rather than opting for traditional

drapes, we chose to suspend multiple chains from a rod in front of the windows. The effect is a little sculptural. The chains define the windows and provide a little privacy, but don’t obstruct the picturesque view into the side yard.” Steel bar stools and sculptural steel and glass light fixtures reinforce the modern look of the kitchen. In the dining room, the Modernist look is evoked by Christian Liaigre seating, and by a light fixture from Germany. This is suspended from a decorative ceiling medallion.

Preceding pages and above left: Crisp simplicity defines this contemporary kitchen in an historic home. Designer Julia Buckingham Edelmann says the bookmatched sapele wood veneer of the cabinets was chosen for its distinctive graining. With two sinks, a double-oven range and additional ovens, the kitchen is well equipped for entertaining, both informal and formal. Above: Pantry storage is provided within the kitchen, rather than in a separate butler’s pantry. This wide opening leads to the family room, which features floor-to-ceiling dark wood shelving.

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Above: A second wide opening leads to the formal dining room and living room. Throughout the renovation, provision was made to secure plenty of wall space to display works from the owners’ art collection. The window treatments feature steel chains suspended from a curtain rod. Facing page: Some traditional features remain in the formal dining room, notably the restored ceiling medallion and the painted shutters over the bay window. The chairs and banquette are by Christian Liaigre.


Architect: Daniel Roush, Vinci Hamp Architects, Inc (Chicago) Interior designer: Julia Buckingham Edelmann, Buckingham Interiors + Design (Chicago) Builder: Paul Petersen Cabinets: Sapele wood veneer Countertops and backsplash: Absolute Black granite Flooring: White oak Dining room console: Joseph Jeup Bar stools: Bertoia Dining room chairs and banquette: Christian Liaigre Oven, ventilation and microwave oven: Dacor Refrigeration: Sub-Zero Dishwasher: Miele

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Water dispenser: Franke Little Butler Waste disposal: InSinkErator Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Eric Hausman

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Grace and balance Subtle modern accents set off this refined, spacious kitchen Above: A backsplash panel in diagonally set raised pillow tiles creates a point of focus in this traditional kitchen by architect Patrick Ahearn. In a room where everything subtly connects, the upholstery fabric for the chairs was chosen to match the Carrara marble countertop on the island. The contrasting perimeter countertops are in mahogany, with a dark stain.


Designing a kitchen as part of a new addition to a period home is an opportunity to extend the grandeur of the existing architectural detailing and at the same time, introduce touches of modern refinement into the new space. Such was the case for this mainly traditional kitchen by architect Patrick Ahearn. The modest brick 1930s home has been extended to the rear and several rooms added, including a carriage house, mudroom and this kitchen, says Ahearn. “For the sake of harmony, the detailed crown mouldings and exposed beams of the rest of the house have been drawn into this kitchen design,

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giving it a dramatic character,” says Ahearn. “Elsewhere, the coffered ceilings are paneled; here we elected to use beadboard between the moulded beams for a more rustic effect.” The island has a furniture-like appeal with its wood base, pilaster legs and a Carrara countertop. Light fittings and the fabric for the chairs were chosen in tones to match the marble. “The large commercial cooktop is another focal point of the space,” says Ahearn. “Pilaster legs to either side define this area and echo those on the island. Raised pillow tiles make up the backsplash, which is set in a frame proud

of the wall, giving it the appearance of a work of art. To avoid reducing the impact, we chose classic subway tiles to fill the areas from the cabinetry to the countertop.” The traditional cabinetry has a custom finish created by the architect. During the day, the paint looks mid-white, but seems to have a patina by night. The white contrasts the black perimeter countertops, which are in mahogany. Builder Mark Kaplan, who undertook the whole extension and the kitchen, says the bespoke cabinetry reflects the level of detailing and finish required by designer and owner.

“Despite the overall traditional ambiance, this kitchen has contrasting modern touches,” says Ahearn. “The tapering on the pilaster legs gives them a contemporary edge, for example, as do the long nickel pulls on the cabinetry. While some appliances are integrated, the cooktop and wall ovens add the sleek look of stainless steel. And the island pendants contribute another, subtly modern note.” Multiple work surfaces include the prep area beside the window, and there are dishwashers on both sides of the kitchen. Wide drawers throughout optimize storage space.

Above: The coffered ceiling with rustic beadboard panels and an oak floor with a more contemporary walnut stain both contribute to the aesthetics of the room. Pilaster legs give the island a furniture appeal and these are echoed in the two half-legs that flank the large cooktop. Most appliances are integrated, but a stainless steel cooktop and ovens add a modern touch.

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Kitchen designer: Patrick Ahearn AIA, BSA, Patrick Ahearn Architect (Boston, MA) General contractor: Mark Kaplan, Sanford Custom Builders Cabinet company: Custom millwork by Triple Crown Cabinet & Millwork Corporation Cabinetry: Wood, painted in Benjamin Moore Linen and China White Countertops: Dark-stained mahogany, Carrara marble Flooring: Antique oak Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Greg Premru

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Right: With ample storage a priority for the owners, the architect introduced maximum-depth drawers on all cabinetry elements. The floral blinds bring a splash of color to the otherwise monotone scheme. A pot-filler on the backsplash provides handy functionality and adds to the traditional feel of the kitchen. The prepping station overlooks the entry so the chef can keep one eye out for the arrival of guests.


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Talking point Kitchens that capture the personality of the clients are Elina Katsioula-Beall’s speciality Custom kitchens take on a whole new meaning for a Pasadena designer with a background in movie set design. Elina Katsioula-Beall MFA, CKD, of DeWitt Designer Kitchens says she treats kitchens and bathrooms as though they are theater or movie sets that need to reflect the homeowner’s personality. “It’s as if these people are characters in their own life movie,” Beall says. “It’s an approach that empowers the psyche of the homeowners, who are looking to enrich their lives. In a sense, their home


is a museum of personal history, and the kitchen is an expression of who they are.” The project on these pages is a case in point. Beall says the owners wanted their kitchen to be an artful composition. “They wanted to rediscover fun, and they wanted to be able to look at each other as they worked in the kitchen. “Placing the clean-up and storage area across from a dual-access prep sink gives them this opportunity, and it allows them to work uninterrupted – everything is within easy reach.”

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Beall says the cooking zone resembles a still life arrangement. A red Bertazzoni range sits below a dramatic glass backsplash with a Georgia O’Keefe-inspired painting of a calla lily. A pot filler appears to emerge from the open petals – like a pistol from a flower. Work zones or territories are defined by three contrasting surface materials. A curved textural glass top with a matching sink serves as an entertainment counter. White quartz features in the clean-up and cooking areas, and a stainless steel counter

is integrated with a matching sink to cap the end of the peninsula. Other features include a corrugated glass wall tile. To talk to the designer, contact Elina Katsioula-Beall, DeWitt Designer Kitchens, 532 South Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101, phone (626) 792 8833. Alternatively, email: Web: save | share Search 43345 at

Facing page: A bright red Bertazzoni range is a colorful accent in this new kitchen designed by Elina Katsioula-Beall of DeWitt Designer Kitchens in Pasadena. The glass backsplash features a Georgia O’Keefe-inspired painting of a calla lily – the pot filler emerges from the flower’s center. Above: The red range is balanced by a red cabinet on the other side of the kitchen. A dual-access sink is integrated into the stainless steel counter. Left: The sensuous curves of this tempered glass countertop are echoed by the curved shape of the entertainment sink.

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Work of art Distinctive, highly colorful and practical work surfaces by ThinkGlass can transform a kitchen environment Above: Shimmering glass countertops from ThinkGlass can completely change the look and feel of your kitchen. Because glass is non-porous there are no tiny crevices to harbor bacteria, mold or mildew. The durable thermofused counters combine an eye-catching feature with a practical, low-maintenance work surface.


Countertops are one of the largest surface areas in a kitchen – bring these to life and the decor instantly rises to the next level. ThinkGlass creates one-of-a-kind glass countertops that are both translucent works of art and eye-catching, low-maintenance work surfaces, says studio co-founder and president Bertrand Charest. “We fuse each counter as a single piece of glass, so there are never any flaws. One of the most impressive aspects of these pieces is their mass. Refinements in technology allow us to make countertops that are four to six inches

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thick. In addition, the appearance of the glass can be enhanced with embedded textures, edge treatments or artistic treatments by our in-house glass artist and co-founder Michel Mailhot.” Besides creating a talking point, countertops by ThinkGlass provide other design advantages. For example, the transparency of glass enhances light flow and sightlines, factors that can make a modest space seem more spacious. “These gorgeous tops are multi-functional. They can be used as a second prep space, a casual dining table or, with integrated LED lights, even as an illuminated cocktail bar.”

The counters are made from 100% recyclable glass – this is an increasingly important factor with the growing focus on sustainability. Privacy panels, stair treads, or cabinet sides are also created by ThinkGlass, which has grown from a room into a 30,000sq ft studio. To contact the ThinkGlass studio, phone US or Canada tollfree 001 877 410 GLASS. Email: Web: save | share Search 43341 at

Above: The addition of textures, colors or surface edging can make a countertop even more personal to the individual homeowner. Left: ThinkGlass creates a variety of glassworks in its large, professional studio. Options include everything from tabletops and stair treads to privacy walls. This sculpture by glass artist Michel Mailhot catches the light to attractive effect, while its form reflects the fluidity of water.

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Chill-out zone Wine, beer, juice, fruit and vegetables – your cool storage is right where you need it with the True Professional Series® for the home


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Efficiency is everything in the modern kitchen – and it’s especially important when you’re entertaining and want easy access to food and beverages. It’s a concept True Refrigeration has taken to heart. The company, a longstanding leader in commercial refrigeration, now offers a professional collection for the home. The flexibility of the line lets you maximize your kitchen and entertainment space by creating organized zones, just as commercial chefs organize their restaurant kitchens.

Potential zones where refrigerator drawers are invaluable include a salad prep zone, with salad vegetables stored in one place; a healthy snack zone for children; a cooking prep zone with fresh ingredients right at hand; a juicing station; and a bar or entertainment zone where you can pair a True dual-zone wine cabinet with a slim 15-inch beer dispenser. All True refrigeration appliances are manufactured from high-quality 300series stainless steel and are UL rated for outdoor use. They also feature patented

TriLumina LED lighting, the TruFlex shelving system, and a balanced, forcedair refrigeration system for rapid cool down and even temperatures. For additional information, contact True Professional Series, 2001 East Terra Lane, O’Fallon, MO 63366, phone (888) 616 8783. Email: Website: save | share Search 43118 at

Above left: This kitchen is organized into a number of different zones featuring True Professional Series refrigeration. For example, wine is stored in dual-zone wine cabinets and there is a narrow 15-in beer dispenser. Above: Two True refrigerator drawers create a cooking prep zone beside the oven. All True appliances are handcrafted in the USA, from high-quality 300-series stainless steel. The True TriLumina LED interior lighting can be changed from white to amber or blue, with the push of a button. The refrigerator drawers have a 5.4cu feet capacity, and True-Glide soft-close feature.

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From the hills to the sea Nature provided the inspiration for two new collections of natural quartz surfaces from Silestone. Nebula Code and Ocean bring the outdoors in Above: Hélix is one of the new natural quartz surfaces in the Nebula Code collection from Silestone. This surface balances an off-white base color with carefully constructed shades of gray veining. Made from natural quartz, one of the world’s hardest materials, Silestone is highly resistant to scratching, staining and scorching. Silestone comes with the assurance of Greenguard certification for clean air quality, and NSF certification for safe food preparation.


Time-honored materials are always a good choice for a kitchen, but sometimes the idea of something new and exciting is also appealing. Two new Silestone natural quartz surface collections from Cosentino offer the best of both worlds. Following extensive research and development, which included getting feedback from designers, fabricators and distributors at trade shows, the company has released the Nebula Code and Ocean collections. Nebula Code, an evolution of the popular Nebula series, utilizes Silestone’s advanced color technology to bring depth and sophistication

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to kitchens and bathrooms. This range presents neutral hues that are subtle, yet distinctive, with an original pattern of brilliantly colored veining that never repeats. Nebula Code is available in polished and suede finishes in large 63in x 128in slabs, in three different thicknesses. Ocean is Silestone’s newest, most exotic color line, featuring six bold shades that have a natural appearance, similar to granite. This range provides an enhanced sense of movement and unique veining. The slabs, in three thicknesses, also measure 63in x 128in. All Silestone natural quartz products

are non porous and never need to be sealed. Silestone is also easy to clean, has high scratch, stain and heat resistance, and built-in antimicrobial protection. It comes with a 15-year limited manufacturer’s warranty. For more information, contact Cosentino, 2245 Texas Drive, Suite 600, Sugar Land, Texas 77479, phone tollfree (800) 291 1311. Website: save | share Search 43369 at

Above: This kitchen features countertops in Atlantis from the new Ocean collection by Silestone. The dark base of the quartz is offset with small white veins scattered across the surface, creating a 3-D effect that brings visual depth to the kitchen. Left: Arctic from the Ocean series was specified for this kitchen. All Silestone surfaces have built-in antimicrobial protection that safely fights the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew.

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Heart of the kitchen The hardest working part of your house might just be the kitchen sink. With this in mind, Kraus is constantly re-evaluating and refining its kitchen sink collection, with equal emphasis on quality and style Above: A modern look for a classic sink – this kitchen features a Kraus farmhouse apron sink made from extra-thick 16-gauge T-304 stainless steel, teamed with a solid stainless steel faucet. The faucet design includes a high arc and dual-function spray head that makes it easy to reach every part of the sink.


The kitchen sink has progressed far beyond its modest beginnings. New technology and materials mean that it is no longer just a washbasin, prone to scratches and corrosion, but rather a finely engineered fixture that makes everyday duties a little easier. Committed to craftsmanship, Kraus has fine-tuned its collection of kitchen sinks using meticulous research and thoughtful design. The result is a variety of products that look at home in any kitchen. Since Kraus aims to make exceptional quality accessible to a wide range of consumers, its sinks have been designed to offer

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a cost-effective way to upgrade kitchen style while maximizing home value. The quality of Kraus stainless steel sinks is evident in their sturdy 16-gauge construction and high-grade finish. Each sink is made from premium T-304 stainless steel to ensure durability and longevity, and backed with extra-thick rubber dampening pads for additional sound insulation. Available in a range of sizes and configurations, these sinks also come with a number of accessories for easier maintenance. Though best known for stainless steel sinks, Kraus has recently introduced a new

granite sink collection. Crafted from 80% granite composite, with the look and feel of natural stone, these sinks instantly create a modern style update for the kitchen. The slate-black surface is not only beautiful, but also hygienic and easy to clean. A thermal finishing process offers additional protection from wear and tear. For more information, phone 1800 775 0703. Website: save | share Search 43150 at

Above: This undermount single-bowl stainless steel Kraus sink is deep enough to accommodate the largest dishes. Each sink comes with accessories, including a bottom grid that protects the surface from scratches and stains. Kraus also has an extensive collection of doublebowl sinks in a range of sizes and configurations. Left: Kraus has recently introduced a new granite sink collection, made from 80% natural stone.

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All in one place Multi-tasking in the kitchen is now a whole lot easier, thanks to the Novus – a deep, space-saving sink with a sliding glass cutting board and draining board


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Counter space is often at a premium in the kitchen, but there’s a new product that not only saves space, but also makes it easy to multi-task. Houzer has developed the Novus Undermount Single Bowl sink, which provides a huge sink without sacrificing kitchen workspace. The sink is large and deep, and is completely interchangeable – it comes with

a removable sliding glass cutting board and draining board. The boards can be used together or separately, and can be placed at different levels in the sink, providing additional work surfaces at the height you prefer. Houzer sinks also feature MegaShield insulation and a Super-Silencer pad to make your kitchen quieter. MegaShield is a foam pad that

completely wraps around the outer body of the sink. This reduces condensation and the noise of clattering dishes. But it is the size of the sink that is really turning heads – the sink is large enough to prepare a full-size turkey, and deep enough to wash the roasting pan afterwards. Houzer says it is even deep enough to bathe a baby. With no radius corners, the

linear look ensures the sink has a crisp, contemporary look that is right at home in kitchens of all styles. For details, contact Houzer Inc, 2605 Kuser Rd, Hamilton, NJ 08691, phone 800 880 3639. Email: Web: save | share Search 43196 at

Facing page: There’s no need to compromise workspace in the kitchen when you require a large sink. The new Novus Undermount Single Bowl sink from Houzer comes with a sliding glass cutting board and a draining board. This page: With both boards removed, the sink is large enough to wash a full-size turkey. The boards can be positioned at two different levels, and pushed to one side if preferred.

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making connections

Free flowing No matter what their style, new kitchens are often all about laid-back living, with strong links to surrounding rooms and the outdoors

Gone fishing The pull of the great outdoors is ever present for the owners of this new house in the marshlands of the South Carolina Low Country – the setting is reflected in the materials and styling of the entire house Preceding pages and above: Traditional character defines this kitchen in a new Low Country house on the marshes. The owners and designers took their cue from the heritage architecture of the region, creating a house that appears to have been added onto over time. Right: The authenticity of the materials extends to the use of tabby for the large hood above the range. This is an indigenous stucco mix made from oyster shells and lime.


Kitchens are invariably at the center of action in a vacation home – the place where you plan the day, and the fishing trips, and then gather to relax and prepare the catch at the end of the day. With adjoining family dining and living areas, it’s easy to include everyone in on the plans – and conversely it’s easy for everyone to pitch in and help with meal prep.

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This waterfront house, which sits on an idyllic peninsula surrounded on three sides by water, echoes the traditional architectural vernacular of the South Carolina Low Country. Both its rustic styling and building materials reference this heritage. And it’s a theme that has been brought inside. Interior designer Gregory Vaughan says the owners Rick and Kathy Fairman wanted

to embrace the local history, and they wanted the house to look as though it had evolved over time, much like a hunting lodge or fishing camp. “This project was also about bringing the outdoors inside,” says Vaughan. “For example, the large hood over the range in the kitchen features tabby – this is an indigenous stucco material made from a mix of oyster shells and lime. It also

Top and above right: A scullery off the kitchen provides additional storage. There is a mirrored backsplash behind the wine bottles and glassware. Above: The sink cabinet juts out into the room, like a piece of furniture that has been converted for use in the kitchen. Facing page, top and lower: Special features of the dining area include custom oyster shell chandeliers.


forms the base of the house on the exterior.” The furniture-style cabinets are in pecky cypress, chosen for its grain and colour. These were custom built by John Zook, with the sink unit jutting out a little to reinforce the sense of a kitchen that has come together over time. “The cypress pantry door even has a hole right through one of the knots – this is all part

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of the charm,” says Vaughan. “Kathy loves an aged patina, so we were careful to ensure this looked very real and not like a faux finish. The painted cabinets, also built by John, are in a distressed teal green shade with a dark-brown glaze finish that enhances this look. “John Zook fine-tuned the layout, adding all the little details that make this kitchen unique – such as the open

shelving flanking the tabby hood, and the table-style islands that are not fixed.” The main food prep island has a butcher’s block, which is bolted through the sides so that the wood won’t separate or warp. Deep baskets along the front are used to store fruit and vegetables. All the appliances in the kitchen, except for the large Viking range, are integrated

into the cabinets, with the microwave oven kept in the adjoining scullery. Another key feature is the mirrored backsplash behind the range. This reflects the water view opposite, ensuring the owners always enjoy a close link to the great outdoors. save | share | images Search 42318 at

Architect: Wayne Windham, Wayne Windham Architect (Bluffton, SC) Interior designer: Gregory Vaughan, Kelley Designs, Inc (Hilton Head Island, SC) Kitchen designer: John Zook, Wood Creations, Inc Builder: The Stringer Group Cabinet company: Wood Creations, Inc Cabinetry: Pecky cypress and alder Countertops: Costa Esmeralda granite from Distinctive Granite and Marble Flooring: Oak by Rick Bent Flooring Wall tiles: Traditions in Tile and Stone

ceramic tiles in Sienna Sage Tagina from Savannah Hardscapes Dining furniture: Dovetail and Hickory Chair Lighting: The Light Post Sink: Rohl in Biscuit from Ferguson Faucets: Perrin & Rowe English Bronze/ Bridge from Ferguson Range and ventilation: Viking Refrigeration: Sub-Zero Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Atlantic Archives

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Character strengths This remodeled kitchen is shaped by the disparate tastes of its owners and a quest to improve connections to the surrounding spaces


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He prefers one look for their kitchen, while she favors quite another. Creating a design that keeps both of them happy can be tricky, but it can be achieved with close attention to tone and detail. This kitchen remodel by interior designer and co-owner Reiko Lewis of Ventus Design had to find just such a balance – her love of the clean-lined, modern European aesthetic needed to be set against her husband’s passion for Asian culture, and his desire to display artworks and objects collected on Eastern travels. To cater to his preferences, the floor is in teak

and the cabinetry is in a rich walnut, says Lewis. “Dark, rich wood is often featured in Asian interiors. In addition, I designed glass-fronted cabinets for the kitchen and the adjacent dining room in the same style – this helps draw the two spaces together and allows objects inside to still be on display. “Then we painted the walls in a soft beige. This tone is also popular in Asian design and makes an appropriate backdrop for art.” For her side of the equation, Lewis selected reflective mosaic tiles in bronze for the wholewall backsplash. She also specified crisp white

Above: His and hers sensibilities dovetail in this contemporary remodel by co-owner and interior designer Reiko Lewis. Dark wood gives a classic Eastern feel, balanced by crisp lines, material contrasts and stainless steel appliances. Re-sited blade walls define the front of the space and are angled to optimize views to the ocean. Walnut on the curved counter matches the cabinets and plays off the white quartz of the countertop.

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Architect: Sandi Quildon AIA, Phillips Quildon Architects (Honolulu) Interior designer: Reiko Lewis ASID, IIDA, Ventus Design (Honolulu) Builder and cabinet company: Darcey Builders Cabinetry: Custom in American walnut Countertops: Haiku quartz by Silestone, with polished finish, from Natural Stone Design Flooring: Brazilian teak by Mullican Flooring from Pacific American Lumber Wall tiles: Savoy Bronze mosaic tiles from Ann Sacks Doors and windows: Darcey Builders Kitchen furniture: Designed by Ventus Design, constructed by Darcey Builders Dining furniture: Wing-flap dining table by Molteni & C; Glove dining chairs Lighting: Leucos USA Kitchen sink: Kohler in stainless steel from Ferguson Honolulu Faucets: Axor Citterio by Hansgrohe Oven, cooktop, refrigeration and dishwasher: Viking Ventilation: Miele Microwave: Microwave In A Drawer by Dacor Water dispenser: Water Inc Waste disposal: InSinkErator Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Dana Edmunds

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Top right: A new opening was created between the blade walls, providing an easy connection to the living area and entry space. Above right: The graceful curves of the kitchen are picked up in the range hood. An Asian-style screen shields kitchen mess from visitors. Facing page: Most countertops are 36in high, but this new circular island is only 30in tall – a height that suits one of the owners.


quartz countertops to create a dramatic contrast to the predominating wood tones. Faucets and hardware are modern and minimalist. “The sleek stainless steel appliances are also part of the European aesthetic,” says Lewis While the curved shape of the kitchen had to be retained for structural reasons, the designer did tweak the layout to optimize connections. “I moved the cooktop to the rear counter and relocated the sink, so we could prep and chat to guests at the same time. Importantly, I re-angled the blade columns to maximize the sea views, which are also reflected in the glass cabinets.

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“To improve the flow to the living room, I created a gap in the counter. Before the remodeling, the entry looked straight into the kitchen. To avoid this, I introduced a pantry on that side of the space and added an Asian-style lattice screen. This helps to hide clutter from arriving guests without blocking valuable cross ventilation.” As a finishing touch, a small circular island was introduced in the middle of the room. This reinforces the curved theme, provides central storage for pots and pans, and functions as a handy landing space.

New lease of life Formerly a collection of small boxy rooms, this remodeled family living area has transformed a 1920s house – and the family’s lifestyle Gracious family homes built in the 1920s are highly sought after, especially in Boston’s more prestigious suburbs. But all too often, families learn to live with disconnected rooms, simply accepting this is the price to pay for a slice of history and a top location. However, it doesn't have to be this way, as this remodeling project shows. Architect John Meyer says many older homes are exceptionally solid and well built, and are not as difficult to remodel as people might expect.


“These houses are strong enough to support the structural steel beams needed to open up the interior,” he says. “For this project, walls were removed, ceilings raised, and an addition created to completely open up the kitchen to a spacious family living area. We also introduced large steel-framed glass doors to provide a strong connection to the outdoors and the pool terrace. The owners wanted the whole space to flow.” To maintain a link with the past, the cabinetry is a pared-back Shaker style.

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“The owners wanted something simple and a little low key,” says the architect. “While solid, the cabinets have enough delicate detail to fit in with the Tudor architecture – we wanted to retain a sense of that era. “There is a beadboard detail around the doors, and there are turned legs at one end of the island, which create the look of a traditional farmhouse table. And the overhead display cabinets with leadlight windows are another link. The cabinets appear to float above the peninsula, with

an arched opening in the middle serving to animate the space.” Meyer says the overhead cabinets help to define the kitchen within the overall living space. They also break up the great expanse of ceiling, as does the coffered ceiling above the kitchen, which makes the room seem more spacious. The large steel ceiling beams required for the remodel were boxed and painted to resemble large wood beams. To introduce a colorful accent, the lower cabinets were painted blue. The

color complements the decor of the rest of the house, which is quite dark. “The blue helps to anchor the cabinets to the floor – it sets them apart from the white overhead cabinets that float above,” says Meyer. “The white marble countertop on the island is also part of the liveliness. It's a bright contrast to the gray-toned granite of the perimeter countertops. “This space needed to create a strong contrast to the darker rooms. We wanted people to walk in here and experience an explosion of light and space.”

Facing page: An extensive remodeling project has transformed this 1920s house, both inside and out. The new great room opens up to a pool terrace and alfresco dining area with its own outdoor kitchen. Above: Several walls were removed to create one large living space from a collection of smaller rooms. This now houses the kitchen and family dining and living areas. The new steel beams required for the ceiling were boxed to resemble traditional painted wood beams.

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Preceding pages: Architect John Meyer designed the cabinetry to reflect the Tudor-style architecture. This includes an overhead display cabinet with leadlight windows, and a hearth-like cooking center. Above and facing page, top: Two different countertop surfaces were specified – a white marble for the island and a honed gray granite for the perimeter cabinets. Facing page, lower: A butler’s pantry links the great room with the formal dining room. The herringbone bricks have an historical connection.


Meyer says the large, open living area is also a much better fit with modern lifestyles, which invariably center on the family living space and the outdoors. The architect has retained other links to the original house, however. Brickwork that had been partially hidden has been exposed. This can be seen on one side of the kitchen and in the butler's pantry between the kitchen and dining room. “We took that motif and used it as an accent throughout the house,” says Meyer. “For example, it appears on the backsplash

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of the hearth-style cooking center. Some of the bricks in the butler's pantry were salvaged from the Old North Church, the historic church where, during the Revolution, Paul Revere lit the lantern to warn troops of the enemy approaching.” Functionality has been assured with the remodel. There is ample counter space so more than one person can work simultaneously. And because the kitchen opens up to the alfresco dining area on the terrace, it is easy to move dishes between inside and out.

Architect: John I Meyer AIA, Meyer & Meyer Architecture & Interiors (Boston,MA) Interior designer: Laura Brooks Meyer, Meyer & Meyer Architecture & Interiors Kitchen decorator: Kate Maloney Albiani, KMI Design Cabinet company: Weston Kitchens Builder: Kells Construction Cabinetry: Painted wood Hardware: Cremone bolts and knobs, and appliance pulls from Signature Hardware; knobs from Whitechapel Hardware; H채fele pulls from Raybern Co Countertops: Pietra del Cardosa, honed from Marble & Granite, Inc Backsplash: Terra Green Ceramics from Discover Tile

LLC; Trikeenan Tile from Urban Archaeology Sink: Elkay Avado Faucets: Rohl from Ferguson Plumbing Flooring: White oak Doors and windows: Crittall from Steel Windows & Doors, USA Dining table: Custom walnut oval trestle table by Holmes Fine Furniture Dining and lounge chairs: Partners in Design Desk chair: Hickory Chair Bar stools: Vintage industrial drafting stools Wall coverings: Scallop Filigree by F Schumacher & Co Lighting: Cisco Brothers Jug lamps; Currey & Co Goddess chandelier

Range and warming drawer: Wolf Ventilation: Braun Refrigeration: Sub-Zero Dishwasher: KitchenAid Waste disposal: InSinkErator Evolution Excel Water dispenser: Whitehaus Collection Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Shelley Harrison

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With a little pizzazz Small kitchens don’t have to compromise good design. With its reflective backpainted glass doors, this apartment kitchen is both eye-catching and highly functional

Many years of living in an apartment provides plenty of time to work out the best way to remodel the kitchen. The designer-owner of this apartment, Brian Snow of SemelSnow Interior Design, not only knew exactly what he wanted when it came time to remodel – he had also had the chance to see what did and did not work for other residents in the building.


“The apartment is in a ’60s highrise, which is very clean lined and devoid of any architectural frills,” Snow says. “But there were structural constraints to consider, notably an existing ventilation grill and a long 6in x 6in beam that protrudes into the kitchen and living area. I didn’t want to incorporate these things into the overhead cabinets as some other residents have done.”

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Snow says the design also needed to double the storage and provide a better connection to the dining-living area. “The existing kitchen was L-shaped with outdated louver doors and a pass-through that also featured unattractive louver shutters.” Snow’s solution was to close off the original doors into the room and create a much larger, more central opening

to the living space. He then wrapped the kitchen around the walls in a U shape, floating overhead cabinets off the wall, 12 inches below the ceiling. “Keeping everything very open helps to make the kitchen seem larger, and the ceiling higher,” the designer says. “The overhead cabinets are also 14in deep, rather than the standard 12in, so they can hold large plates and platters.”

The designer specified backpainted glass doors and drawers, in chocolate brown. These are framed in brushed aluminum, which gives the cabinets a very crisp look. White Melamine interiors have been customised with inserts that reflect Snow’s attention to storage detail. Everything is also positioned exactly where it’s needed, to streamline food preparation

and cleanup for the designer, who loves to bake and cook. The cabinets are teamed with Café Brown granite countertops and a matching backsplash. The flooring is also brown – Snow says the flecked surface does not show marks. “The kitchen was fully customized by Tip Top Builders. Howard Dardick and Michael Hall were able to translate every concept.”

Interior designer: Brian Snow, SemelSnow Interior Design, Inc Builder: Howard Dardick, Michael Hall, Tip Top Builders, Inc Countertops and backsplash: Café Brown granite Sink: Elkay Faucets: KWC Appliances: KitchenAid

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Preceding pages, above left and top: This remodeled apartment kitchen features backpainted glass cabinets edged in brushed aluminum. In addition to track lighting, there is LED strip lighting beneath the overhead cabinets to illuminate the work surfaces. Above: The kitchen is directly off the main living and dining area. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Eric Hausman

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Frozen river This airy kitchen blends a touch of rusticity with material connections to the natural world

Above: A backsplash with the look of frozen water, and a multi-hued granite countertop give this kitchen a connection to the natural world. Right: The yellow pine floors strike a middle note between the whitewashed cabinetry and the wrought iron and copper-bronze detailing. Round glass pendants over the island add to the overall lightness and bring a modern accent to the design.


A whitewashed, New England-style aesthetic can work very well in a classic kitchen project. Following up with distinctive accents that build on the overall design will create connections to other areas in the house and the outdoors. For this project, the addition of a new porch and a reshuffle of spaces allowed designer Rabun Martin to create a spacious new kitchen to replace a rather cramped workspace, finished in dark wood. The owners had asked for a light, rustic aesthetic, with some masculine notes and a connection to nature, says Martin. “To an extent, the backsplash led the design. The mosaic glass we selected has the look of a frozen river – it’s a watery look that is in keeping with the home’s lakeside setting. Multihued Minsk granite for the countertops adds to the effect. Both surfaces stand out against the whitewashed, distressed finish on the cabinetry, walls and ceiling, giving the kitchen its rustic, New England style. “We balanced the mainly white finishes with some more masculine accents, such as the exposed beams, the copper-bronze rope hardware, a wood and iron chandelier and the sideboard.” Martin designed the white-painted wood custom hood with vertical strips and corner details that have the appearance of copper or iron. The wrought iron detailing on the sideboard is another masculine inclusion. To enhance the country-style ambiance, most appliances are integrated behind two large maple wood doors with crisscross detailing, which was the result of a collaboration between the cabinetmaker and the designer. As well as opening a wall to better connect kitchen and dining areas, Rabun Martin raised the ceiling in the living area. “This adds to the light-filled aesthetic and helps showcase the kitchen within its niche when viewed from the living spaces,” she says.

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Designer: Rabun Martin, Rabun Mary Interiors (Clayton, GA) Cabinet company: Hollywood Works Builder: Dovetail Homes Cabinetry: Maple, full overlay design, chipped paint with glazing, soft-close hardware Backsplash: Hida Natural tiles in matte finish from Tradition in Tile Countertops: Minsk granite from AGM Importers Sink: Elkay Faucets: Newport Brass in English Bronze Oven: KitchenAid Ventilation: Vent-A-Hood Microwave: Whirlpool Refrigeration: Sub-Zero Waste disposal: InSinkErator Flooring: Yellow pine with Special Walnut stain Doors: Sliding pocket door by Jeld-Wen Furniture: Dining table, alder with English Chestnut finish, handmade by Wilson Woodworks; chairs, Sherrill fabric Roughhewn Green with nailhead detailing; sideboard, custom Whitepine with English Chestnut finish and decorative metal by Wilson Woodworks Wood paneling: Minwax with Special Walnut stain base, and whitewashed finish Lighting: Regina Andrew large globe pendants; Wood and iron rope chandelier from Our Boat House Story by Charles Moxham Photography by David Christensen

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Facing page: Distressed paint with the wood showing through helps create a rustic, New England-style appeal for this kitchen. Metal accents on the cabinetry and lights are picked by the nailhead detailing on the bar stools and dining room chairs. Left: The dining area rug, chairs and table are all in natural tones of green and brown, and the fireplace surround is in stone. Large pocket doors open to a new porch.

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Natural selection Warm cherry cabinetry enlivens this kitchen designed for a couple who are both professional chefs

Preceding pages: Cherry wood cabinetry wraps around the perimeter of this kitchen in a new house designed by architect Alexander Gorlin. The owners, who are professional chefs, chose cork flooring, because is soft underfoot. Above: Three different countertop materials feature in this kitchen, including a cherry butcher’s block on the island. A buffet-shelving unit beside the dining table in the kitchen is in matching cherry wood.


It’s always interesting to see new kitchens designed for professional chefs. Invariably they show us how functionality impacts on aesthetics, but there’s never a compromise. The kitchen in this new Charleston house was designed for a couple who are both chefs. Architect Alexander Gorlin says the pair wanted a cozy, practical and hardworking kitchen, rather

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than a show kitchen that would never be used. “The house is a modern interpretation of a Southern courtyard house on a long narrow lot. The kitchen opens up to the courtyard on one side, and is the center of the house, both literally and in terms of the way the house is organized. There is a large table in the kitchen for casual meals – it is almost like dining

in a restaurant where you can see the chefs in action.” A large island serves as the food preparation and serving area. This has a cherry wood butcher’s block countertop and sink. Another sink is placed on a long stainless steel countertop on the perimeter cabinetry that serves as a cleanup area. “All the surface materials were chosen according to the required functionality,” says

the architect. “The owners can chop vegetables directly on the island top, while the rear countertop is marble, which is used for rolling out dough for baking.” Cherry cabinetry was specified for all the doors, which are set flush, in keeping with the Modern architecture. “Cherry wood was chosen for its visual warmth and strong graining,” says Gorlin.

“The grain itself becomes the decoration. We added frosted glass to some of the overhead cabinets to relieve the long expanse of wood running around the kitchen.” All the cabinetry features Häfele hardware, with custom inserts chosen by the owners. save | share Search 42698 at

Architect: Alexander Gorlin FAIA, with Jason Federbush and Glenn Goble, Alexander Gorlin Architects (New York) General contractor: Hank Hill Fine Custom Homes Structural consultant: Robert McKaskel Cabinetry: Cherry wood Countertops: Cherry wood; stainless steel; marble Sink: Kohler Faucets: Rohl Ovens and cooktop: Viking Refrigeration: Sub-Zero

Above: The formal dining room adjoins the kitchen. Like the kitchen, it opens to a courtyard that runs along the side of the house. The door on the opposite side to the kitchen leads to the living room. To soften the ambiance, the hardwood floors feature a large textural area rug in soft terra cotta tones. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Albert Vecerka

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contemporary kitchens

Modern lines Linear cabinets with a strong horizontality and crisp aesthetics define the modern kitchen

Up with the play In modernizing this ’60s home, the design team created a large kitchen, which is visually anchored by an L-shaped island that wraps around the main workspace


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Visual continuity has become a hallmark of the modern kitchen. Increasingly, colors, forms and materials echo the palette and design of the rest of the interior. This new kitchen, designed by Angelica Henry ASID, is in a house that was extensively modernized to remove all traces of the former Southweststyle decor. The designer says the new kitchen needed to be

in keeping with these changes. It was also essential to run with the same black, white and gray color palette. “The owners wanted a very practical, durable kitchen,” says Henry. “They specifically requested a laminate rather than a wood finish for the cabinets, to achieve the required Modern aesthetic.” To define the kitchen within the great room, Henry

wrapped the workspace with a large, L-shaped island. This sits on stainless steel legs, with concealed structural steel supporting the weight of the island. “The stainless steel foot detail helps to lighten the mass of the cabinetry,” says the designer. “It also plays off the stainless steel shelving that runs around the top of the perimeter cabinets, reinforcing

the kitchen’s strong horizontal lines. As with the glass backsplash, the stainless steel has a reflective quality that keeps the kitchen from looking too dark. Miele appliances, chosen for their seamless integration, also help to reflect the light.” Allan Rosenthal of Linear Fine Woodworking, the company that manufactured the kitchen, says that to ensure the appliances were seamlessly

Preceding pages: A dark Raven laminate was specified for the cabinetry in this new kitchen designed by Angelica Henry. To enhance the dramatic look, the countertops are white quartz with integral sinks. Above: The kitchen features many custom-designed elements, including a sculptural shelving unit. The door beyond this unit leads to a pantry. An additional pull-out pantry is to the left of the ovens.

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Above: To lighten the perceived mass of the large L-shaped island that wraps around the kitchen, the designer added a stainless steel foot detail. Right: A dramatic entertainment unit features the same gray palette. Facing page, top and lower: The kitchen features a full complement of Miele appliances, including a coffee machine positioned next to a built-in home office area.


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integrated, stainless steel fillers were introduced above and beneath the ovens. “This was another way to help keep the overall look very sleek and linear,� he says. The designer contrasted the dark gray cabinets with white quartz countertops, which have integral sinks that reinforce the sleek look. “We also introduced a stainless steel trim to the base

of the overhead cabinets. This effectively conceals the ventilation unit, and again, maintains the crisp, horizontal look.� Henry says the central island forms the main work area. It incorporates a mixer lift concealed in the countertop. To enliven the ceiling and illuminate the workspace, the designer created a series of long fluorescent lamps set within cubic aluminum boxes.

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Interior designer: Angelica Henry ASID, Angelica Henry Design (Scottsdale, AZ) Cabinet company: Linear Fine Woodworking Cabinetry: Nevamar in Raven with Wilsonart Alumasteel accents Hardware: Mockett Countertops: Silestone Zeus Backsplash: Backpainted glass Tile flooring: Refin Ceramiche Satin Gris from Kaiser Tile Bar stools: Aaron from Nuevo Living Lighting: Viso; Globo pendant

Drapes: Pollack Metallic sheer by Vicki Does Windows Sink: Silestone integral Faucets: Blanco Linus Appliances: Miele Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Dino Tonn Photography

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Life is for sharing This kitchen allows both owners to prep and cook side by side

These pages: An angle softens and lightens the marble-clad peninsula in this kitchen. The countertop, complete with routed drain lines, is in hard-wearing Corian. This is mitered with the marble for a seamless flow between surfaces. The pantry and office are separated by a panel of stacked solid cedar, with lights set into shelving apertures. All upper perimeter cabinetry features electronic opening for ease of use.


Setting up a new kitchen for a couple who cook together requires deft space planning. It also helps to have two of almost everything. This kitchen by Darren James was designed for owners who wanted to bring the colors and textures of the outdoors inside. They also requested a layout that would let them both prep and cook without getting under each other’s feet. A modest home office was to be another aspect of the renovation. It was decided to position a new pantry and the study at the end of the kitchen, says James. “We found the extra space by appropriating a bedroom that sat a few steps higher. Ceilings were aligned and new flooring was laid to match the existing kitchen floor. “A lot of the planning was based on the way the couple operate together. In response, I designed a large peninsula with two identical prep stations. Each has its own butcher’s block, sink, and an electronic pop-up utility station for knives, spices and oils. Both areas have drainage grooves routed into the countertop to prevent water getting to the cooktop or pop-ups. “A separate stainless steel workstation on the wall behind is used for larger prep jobs.” The design separates the various cooking options – a cooktop is on the island, ovens are on the perimeter wall, and a teppanyaki plate and deep fryer are in the scullery. To bring in a sense of the natural world, James chose marble cladding for the peninsula and avocado-colored tiles for the backsplash. The designer also introduced a panel of stacked solid cedar, stained in Half Walnut, adding texture and creating a warm, inviting nook for the home office. However, with double prep stations, many cooking options and the stainless steel rear countertop, the kitchen has a semi-industrial feel. The pantry features stainless steel and cedar open shelving, adding to this impression.

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Interior and kitchen designer: Darren James DIA, KBDI Interiors by Darren James Cabinetry: Dulux gloss polyurethane in Grand Piano, handle recess in Black; peninsula cladding, Maroon Venus marble; custom butcher’s blocks in end-grain Australian hardwood; pantry shelving, stainless steel frame and stained cedar shelves Hardware: Blum Backsplash: Avocado tile Countertops: Corian Earth, stainless steel Storage systems: Custom stainless steel lift-up system by Ultralift; Blum Ovens, cooktop, deep fryer, teppanyaki plate and dishwasher: Gaggenau Ventilation: Wolf; Neff Refrigerator and wine fridge: Liebherr Sink: Franke Peak and welded stainless steel Faucets: Franke Centinox and Maxxis Lighting: Lighcore Lighting Flooring: Brushbox solid wood Wall coverings: Cedar in Half Walnut stain by Stackpanel

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Facing page top and left: The backsplash in the kitchen and pantry is in avocado-colored tiles, one of many natural touches in the design. Facing page lower: Two pop-up utilities – one for each prep area – are set side by side. Above: A teppanyaki hot plate and deep fryer are located in the pantry. Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Steven Ryan

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Command central From the super-efficient work triangle to the high-end cabinetry, everything about this townhouse kitchen makes it ideally suited to the modern family Above: This new galley-style kitchen, in a remodeled San Francisco townhouse, features an extra-long island with a quartz countertop and waterfall sides. The Leicht German cabinetry incorporates a Stone Oak textural laminate. The same laminate forms the backdrop to a recessed shelving unit on the right side of the kitchen. With an integrated wine cooler below, the unit serves as a drinks area.


Commandeering a little more space for a kitchen can make all the difference to family comfort and convenience. For the new owners of this San Francisco townhouse, which had been in two units, pushing the room out in two directions gained enough space to create a long galleystyle kitchen and a living area. Vaso Peritos, the interior designer for the remodeling

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project, says the kitchen is now a little longer and wider than the original ’60s kitchen that once occupied the space. With glazed doors opening to an outdoor living area, it has also made the interior much lighter and more airy. “The owners wanted a very light, modern kitchen. They had visited the Blue Plum kitchen showroom in San Francisco and seen the

Leicht Haus German kitchens there and in New York, and really loved the designs. That became our starting point.� Peritos says it was essential that the kitchen not be too dark or too light, so the Leicht Stone Oak textured laminate was specified for the base cabinets. This helps to anchor the cabinetry visually, while white high-gloss overhead cabinets and a white backsplash lighten

the top half of the room. The refrigerator, wine cooler and dishwasher are all integrated with the cabinetry. “A refrigerator can take over a space,” Peritos says. “Where possible, we chose to keep the appliances hidden, to create a furniture feel, rather than a kitchen look.” The designer opted for flush doors and drawers, with no sharp edges and no han-

dles jutting out into the room. The Leicht attention to detail extends to the cabinet interiors – the doors have glass sides and the drawers are metal. The extra-long island is the social center of the home – it serves as a food prep and serving area, a homework area and a place where guests can gather with a drink. “This is a family that really uses their kitchen,” Peritos

says. “It is not just for show; everything has a purpose. The shelving on the front of the island, for example, has a specific purpose – children’s books are kept on the shelves.” A highly efficient work triangle is another key feature. “The cooktop, sink and refrigerator are very close, but there is still plenty of space for more than one person to work at the same time.”

Above: The mid-gray Stone Oak laminate was used for all the base cabinetry – panels also conceal the integrated refrigerator. To help lighten the kitchen, the overhead cabinets are in a reflective high-gloss acrylic. The white tiled backsplash and stainless steel range hood chimney also help to reflect light back into the kitchen. The glazed door on the right leads to a pantry.

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Architect: Suheil Shatara AIA, Shatara Architecture (San Francisco) Interior designer: Vaso Peritos, Vaso Peritos Interior Design Kitchen designer: Blue Plum Cabinet company: Leicht Haus Cabinets: Textural laminate in Stone Oak; white high-gloss acrylic Countertops: Quartz Backsplash: Deco Filo Blanco from Porcelanosa Doors and windows: Marvin Flooring: Carbon Bamboo by Cal Wood Small stools: Gus Modern

Bar stools: Design Within Reach Pendant lighting: Viso Lighting Blinds: Hunter Douglas solar shades Sink: Vigo Faucets: Hansgrohe Axor Starck Oven and dishwasher: Bosch Ventilation and cooktop: Wolf Refrigerator: Sub-Zero Beverage refrigerator: U-Line

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Left: The kitchen was enlarged and opened up to the outdoors, where the owners have a barbecue and an outdoor dining area. Top and above: Bright color accents provided by the artwork and furniture enliven the family room. The sectional sofa and TV cabinet are from Bo Concept. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Tim Maloney

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Podcasting A central pod-like element separates areas of use in this minimalist, two-tone kitchen


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Creating one long open volume from front door to back yard is not always an ideal solution when shaping public spaces in a townhouse. Introducing an intermediary feature can bring intimacy to both front and rear areas. The big question is, how to ensure overall harmony? Such was the scenario here. Architect Andy Macdonald was asked to avoid an extended, open-plan ground floor when he designed the light-filled, end-of-row house. The owners requested, instead, a separation between the living room at the front of the home and the kitchen, dining area and rear yard. To achieve

this and to make good use of the space, a pod structure was created, which contains a laundry, toilet and stairwell. “To create the minimalist aesthetic – another request of the owners – and link the two areas, I designed the pod and kitchen cabinets with a simple material palette,” says Macdonald. “This comprises a custom two-pack in shiny black, with a rich contrasting surface of Tasmanian oak veneer to bring warmth.” The principal materials seen in the kitchen continue down the corridor and on the side of the pod that faces the living space, forming

visual links between these areas. Standing at the front door, a keyhole vista leads the eye past the pod, through open shelving and out past the dining area to the rear yard. “Working with a simple material palette was only part of achieving an abstract, planar aesthetic,” says the architect. “Most appliances are integrated, or, in the case of the oven, tucked away on the far side of the island. The panels to the right of the brightly colored backsplash conceal the refrigerator and a pantry. “We chose an induction cooktop to ensure there are no gas trivets to break the clean lines.”

Above left: A vibrant yellow backsplash provides a visual counterpoint in this kitchen, which is predominantly in oak veneer and black polyurethane. The kitchen has extensive storage options, including a run of cabinets in the bulkhead. Above: In a design that emphasizes the abstract, even the light fitting above the island appears as a straight line. The cantilevered shelves are at different widths to avoid a chunky look.

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Architect: Andy Macdonald AIA, Mac Interactive Cabinetry: Custom in two-pack black polyurethane and Tasmanian oak veneer Oven, cooktop, dishwasher: Miele Faucets: Grays Online Hardware, storage systems, waste disposal: Häfele Countertops: Caesarstone in Raven Flooring: Polished concrete Lighting: Euroluce Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Murray Fredericks

Top right: The view from the front door continues through the objects displayed on the kitchen shelving and out to the distant rear yard. Above right and right: Pocket sliders draw back to make the dining space and outdoor area one. When these are closed, clerestory windows open automatically in hot weather, creating a chimney effect, whereby hot air rises through the stairway and draws cooler air in from outside.


Besides linking to the living area in material terms, the kitchen connects well to the dining area, by means of the concrete floor. This highly durable surface has been extended across to the dining area on the floors and walls, and further beyond as an exterior section wall, drawing all these areas together visually. “Despite the separate volumes, this level has an easy material flow,” says Macdonald. save | share | images Search 43222 at

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Emotion and ergonomics This contemporary kitchen remodel features several design elements that extend functionality and make it a pleasure to use


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How to design a modern kitchen for an owner who is most at home with traditional aesthetics? One way is to add a comfortable classic material or feature into the mix. Such was the case with this project, part of a broader remodel by designer Fu-Tung Cheng. To give the kitchen a touch of the past favored by one of the owners, the storage element on top of the island is in classic brass and the coffered ceiling, that reconciles structural layers, also has a more traditional feel, says Cheng. “I was given free rein on this project and generally, the kitchen has a modern, but not

minimalist look. As it can be seen from the dining room and family area, we gave pieces a warm, furniture-like appeal or downplayed their presence. On the island, for example, the site-cast concrete waterfall countertop has a tapered front edge that acts as a visual picture frame for the koa wood inlay on the front panel. This design feature helps integrate the unit with the living spaces.� Several custom features in the kitchen are designed to be a joy to use as well as to look at. The long brass storage unit opens up much like a gullwing door on a car, and the rear corner

Above left: This kitchen designed by Fu-Tung Cheng features a concrete waterfall countertop inlaid with Australian jade. The white rear countertops are also in concrete. Venetian plaster on the hood surround adds textural interest and a sense of visual depth. Above: Set into the wall, the marble backsplash has an unusual grain and a translucent quality that helps the kitchen feel light and airy.

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Above: The rear of the island has a framework of stainless steel with a movable butcher’s block set on top. Right: Like gullwing doors on a car, the wood block opens up and out. The waterfall island counter is concrete inlaid with Australian jade, as is the fireplace behind. Far right: Designed by Fu-Tung Cheng, the sink is equipped with rails to allow a cutting board or drainer to slide across.


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Kitchen designer: Cheng Design (Berkeley, CA); principal designer Fu-Tung Cheng; architect Ann Kim; project designer Frank Lee General contractor and cabinet manufacturer: Fai Ng, 38 Degrees North Latitude Builders Cabinetry: Fumed larch; bar top in California figured walnut from Arborica Hardware: Recessed pulls by Häfele, surface pulls by Doug Mockett; sliding door hardware by Knape & Vogt Storage systems: Recycling centre by Rev-A-Shelf Countertops: Cooktop in precast Neomix concrete; kitchen island in site-cast Cheng Geocrete concrete, by Park View Construction Backsplash: Subway tiles, honed, by Ann Sacks; polished Pietra Fina marble Sink: Stainless steel, custom, designed by Fu-Tung Cheng Wall-mounted faucet: Hansgrohe Range: Wolf Oven: Thermador Hood: Custom Wine refrigerator and undercounter refrigerator drawers: Perlick Refrigerator freezer: Liebherr Dishwasher: Miele Waste disposer: InSinkErator Flooring: Engineered white oak flooring, with Silverado finish Lighting: Recessed, Halo; cabinet lights, Häfele; DanaLite cove lighting Kitchen furniture: Moser bar stools, chosen by owners Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Tim Maloney

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cabinets also have an ingenious design – they open up a bit like a puzzle box, says Cheng. “This makes the cabinets a pleasure to use – a feature I refer to as emotional ergonomics – and gives more access to what’s inside.” Unusually deep rear counters with a ledge behind draw attention to the central cooktop. Overhead, the Venetian plaster hood canopy adds visual depth, as does the semi-translucent marble backsplash recessed into the wall plane. Other surprises that are most apparent when actually working in the kitchen include a long sink welded into the countertop in the clean-up

area under the window. Designed by Cheng, this is equipped with rails so that a drainer or cutting board can slide across. Off to one side, a bar has been created from a slab of recycled California figured walnut. The natural bark finish is another concession to an old-world, traditional feel. “This kitchen has several eclectic elements, so keeping everything in natural tones draws it together. After all, in a forest, no-one says ‘There are too many leaves or stones here’, whereas a candy wrapper would stand out completely,” says the designer.

Top left: These upper corner cabinets open a bit like a puzzle box, thanks to unusual hinge placements. This design approach also conceals the door ends for a sculptural finish. Above left: The bartop is used for entertaining and as a landing space. Cabinets on the wall behind conceal beverage centers and an appliance for curing meat.

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Nothing but the truth Set within a sculptural house built in rugged off-form concrete, this pared-back kitchen offers a warm material contrast


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In architecture and interior design, nothing exists in isolation. Material relationships are formed in sympathy, or in contrast – whichever brings out the best in both. This clean-lined kitchen, by the designer of the house Dane Richardson and interior designer Lynne Sheen, was created partly in response to the house and its surroundings. The highly contemporary home features walls of concrete and is nestled into the hillside. In some areas, the exposed gray walls form part of the interior aesthetic and the expansive open-plan living, dining and kitchen volume

includes a swathe of textural, off-form concrete. Richardson and Sheen played off the cool, rugged look of the textured, unpolished material, creating a warm kitchen in a limited palette of wood, glass, chrome and engineered stone. The choice of natural wood was important, not only in terms of warming up the look but also for creating visual connections right across the room, says Richardson. “Blackbutt wood veneer was used for the perimeter cabinetry and on the outer face of the island. It is also seen on the fireplace element that sits between the living and dining areas.�

These and following pages: A wall of unpolished concrete complete with exposed-tie construction holds forms an eye-catching backdrop to this living space. The kitchen, a collaboration between Dane Richardson and designer Lynne Sheen, features contrasting warm wood surfaces and sleek glass fronts to the corner cabinets. Other accents include white stone countertops and stainless steel appliances. Bar stools in stainless steel and wood conform to the limited material palette.

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Architect, interior designer and kitchen designer: Dane Richardson BDA, Dane Design Australia Interior designer and kitchen designer: Lynne Sheen Cabinet company: Dunsborough Woodworks Window, door hardware: Aluminum Cabinetry: Blackbutt wood veneer, lacquered; obscure glass in anodized aluminum frames Countertops: Caesarstone on island, Staron on perimeter Flooring: Ecostone tile from Trimview Ceramics; marri solid plank inserts from Big River Timbers Wall treatments: Off-form concrete; granite slab; Ecostone tiles Blinds: Blinds by Derrick Sambrook Kitchen sink: The Sink Warehouse Faucets: Ram Luka Oven, cooktop: Smeg Ventilation: Ilve, custom box Refrigeration: Sharp Dishwasher: Miele Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Andrew Pritchard; image below by Mark Cooper

Above: A wall built from untreated granite discovered on site offers a textural juxtaposition to the smooth, opaque glass door to the wine cellar directly opposite and the sleek white floor tiles. However, it is in keeping with the general color palette of the design. The generous use of wood in the kitchen, on the fire surround and for the bookcase, is continued in other areas of the home, including the open treads on the stairs.


A niche bookcase along the far end of the room is also in the same species. “We used veneer rather than solid wood for the cabinetry, as it is fixed to a rigid carcass. Solid wood in this context could warp after extended use,” says Richardson. Large central sections of the floors in the dining and living areas are laid in solid marri wood. This species is noted for its gum pockets and rich character. “While the look of wood predominates, there are counterpoints. Translucent glass fronts both the end cabinets and also wraps around

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the corner to the left, forming the entrance to the wine cellar. This shiny surface connects with the white stone countertops and both materials are in keeping with the pale wood and white floor tiles. Low-maintenance white lacquered Melamine was used on the working side of the island,” says the building designer. Directly opposite the cellar entrance, in the circulation corridor, there is a massive feature wall of raw granite, unearthed on the property. Like the coarse concrete, this provides a strong contrast to the smooth surfaces. The kitchen has been designed to make links

across the room in terms of shapes as well as continuity of materials, says Lynne Sheen. “In particular, this is seen in the connection between the dropped box range hood and the fire surround, which are similar in proportion, if not scale. The choice of the rectangular box for the hood allowed us to conceal a heavy-duty extractor with minimal visual impact. We added the wood trim for further continuity.� The kitchen is generally only used by two people and so did not need to be set up to feed a multitude. Tall doors to the left of the stainless steel refrigerator open to a walk-in pantry.

The glass-fronted cabinets contain china, while those to the far right hold small appliances. Richardson says having the kitchen designer on board right from the construction stage meant she was quickly in tune with the overall palette and aesthetic. This helped her tie the kitchen aesthetic more closely to the fabric of the home, rather than it having it look like an isolated unit within the greater living space. save | share | images Search 43351 at

Above: The dining table is in recycled wood, in a similar hue to the blackbutt cabinetry and marri wood flooring. The bucket dining chairs continue the white and tan color scheme. Despite the modest size of the kitchen, ample storage is provided by the walk-in pantry to the left of the refrigerator, and long, deep compartmentalized drawers to the right. Pendant lights chosen by the owners accentuate a horizontal emphasis within the work space.

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Quietly confident Colors and materials in this kitchen were selected to create subtle connections with the interiors in the rest of the house


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Small details of color, material or finish repeated from one area of a house to another can be so subtle that they are barely noticeable. Yet the effect helps to create a strong sense of visual continuity and ensures a smooth flow through the house. When Sian Gillanders designed this kitchen for a new home, she drew her inspiration from the contemporary, slightly Frank Lloyd Wright style of the architecture, and restricted her material choices to the natural finishes planned for the rest of the property – natural stone, travertine, wood and stainless steel.

The architect had already specified white oak for built-in cabinetry in the living room, and schist stone featured in details on the outside of the house as well as on the inside. A warm, earthy, hen’s-egg brown color, selected for the front entrance, dining and living room areas, was carried through into the kitchen on a side wall. Stainless steel countertops were chosen for their classic, timeless look, the designer says. “They also complement the brown color of the walls and work well with the natural stone and wood finishes.”

Above left: Designed by Sian Gillanders, this kitchen is finished in a palette of earthy colors and natural materials. Top: The owner chose to have drawers throughout the kitchen as a convenient storage option. Above: Tall cabinets flank the refrigerator at one end of the kitchen. One conceals a home office and the other is used for storing small appliances.

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Architect: Kurt Lehmann Kitchen designer: Sian Gillanders NKBA, SG Design Cabinet company: Formatt Kitchens Kitchen appliances: Bosch Cabinetry: Bestwood Cocoa; Formica New Stainless Steel Hardware and storage systems: Blum Countertops: Brushed stainless steel; American white oak Lighting: Ulu by David Trubridge Kitchen sink: Mercer Reginox Waste disposal: Blum Story by Mary Webb Photography by Marina Mathews

The owners wanted the kitchen to include an island with a seating area, but the size of the space indicated the island would need to be around 13ft long – which could have looked a little out of proportion, the designer says. “We felt the island had to be fairly long to balance the length of countertop along the back of the kitchen, so we designed a cantilevered top in American white oak at one end for seating, which added a furniture element to the island.” The breakfast bar provides a counterpoint to the stainless steel countertops, adding visual warmth, as does the hood, in the same wood.

For maximum convenience, the designer limited storage to under-counter cabinetry. Two aluminum roller doors flanking the refrigerator conceal the appliance garage and home office. The owners wanted their new kitchen to flow well with the interior scheme. “It had to be a workable blend of form and function. While functionality was critical, appearance was also important,” they say. save | share | images Search 43399 at

Facing page: A breakfast bar in American white oak at one end of the stainless steel island helps to break up its length visually. Cabinetry on the back of the island is finished in a stainless steel-look Formica laminate. The range hood, also in oak, adds a warm note. Above left: The David Trubridge lamp above the breakfast bar was painted to ensure it stands out against the wood of the breakfast bar and hood.

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index 38 Degrees North Latitude Builders 96-99 AGM Importers 73 Ahearn, Patrick AIA 28-31 Alexander Gorlin Architects 74-77 American Olean 16 Angelica Henry Design 78-83 Ann Sacks 58, 99 Asko 21 Belle Design Build 46-47 Benjamin Moore 11, 30 Bertoia 26 Best 16 Bestwood 109 Blanco 83 Blinds by Derrick Sambrook 104 Blue Plum 91 Blum 21, 87, 109 Bo Concept 91 Bosch 91, 109 Braun 65 Buckingham Edelmann, Julia 22-27 Buckingham Interiors + Design 22-27 Burns & Ferrall 21 Cabinetworks Custom Design and Woodwork 6-11 Cal Wood 91 Carmichael, Gregory 6-11 Cheng Design 96-99 Cheng Geocrete 99 Cheng, Fu-Tung 96-99 Christian Liaigre 26 Cisco Brothers 65 Corian 87 Cosentino 40-41, 49 Currey & Co 65 Custom Skylights 11 Dacor 26, 58 Dana Creath Designs 16 DanaLite 99 Dane Design Australia 100-105 Darcey Builders 56-59 Dardick, Howard 66-69 David Trubridge 109 Design Within Reach 91 Desjardins, Jean-Claude 46-47

DeWitt Designer Kitchens 34-35 Discover Tile LLC 65 Distinctive Granite and Marble 55 Dornbracht 21 Dovetail Furniture 55 Dovetail Homes 70-73 Dulux 87 Dunsborough Woodworks 100-105 Dura Supreme 113 ECC 21 Elkay 65, 69, 73 Euroluce 94 F Schumacher & Co 65 Federbush, Jason 74-77 Ferguson 55, 58, 65 Fisher & Paykel 11, 21 Formatt Kitchens 106-109 Formica 109 Franke 11, 26, 87 Gaggenau 87 GE 11 Gillanders, Sian 106-109 Globo 83 Goble, Glenn 74-77 Goldfinch Brothers, Inc 11 Gorlin, Alexander FAIA 74-77 Grays Online 94 Greater Seattle Floors 11 Gregory Carmichael Design 6-11 Gregory Vaughan 50-55 Häfele 65, 94, 99 Hall, Michael 66-69 Halliday and Baillie 21 Halo 99 Hank Hill Fine Custom Homes 74-77 Hansgrohe 58, 91, 99 Henry Becker Custom Building 12-16 Henry, Angelica ASID 78-83 Hickory Chair 55, 65 Hollywood Works 70-73 Holmes Fine Furniture 65 Hope’s Windows 11 Houzer 44-45 Hunter Douglas 91 Ilve 104 Imperial Kitchen Ventilation 17

Inlite 21 InSinkErator 16, 26, 58, 65, 73, 99 Interiors by Darren James 84-87 J & T Concepts 18-21 James, Darren 84-87 Jeld-Wen 73 Joseph Jeup 26 Kaiser Tile 83 Kaplan, Mark 28-31 Kelley Designs, Inc 50-55 Kells Construction 60-65 Kelsey, John 12-16 Kim, Ann 99 KitchenAid 16, 65, 69, 73 KMI Design 60-65 Knape & Vogt 99 Kohler 11, 58, 77 Kraus USA 42-43, 46-47, OBC KWC 69 Lamplight Designs 16 Lee, Frank 99 Lehmann, Kurt 106-109 Leicht 46-47 Leicht Haus 91 Leucos USA 58 Leuschke Kahn Architects 18-21 Leuschke, Paul NZIA 18-21 Lewis, Reiko ASID 56-59 Liebherr 87, 99 Lighcore Lighting 87 Linear Fine Woodworking 78-83 Linnea Inspirational Hardware 11 Mac Interactive 92-95 Macdonald, Andy AIA 92-95 Maloney Albiani, Kate 60-65 Marble & Granite, Inc 65 Martin, Rabun 70-73 Marvin Windows & Doors 91 Mercer 109 Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors 60-65 Meyer, John I AIA 60-65 Miele 11, 21, 26, 58, 83, 94, 99, 104 Mockett 83, 99 Molteni & C 58 Moser 99

Mullican Flooring 58 Natural Stone Design 58 Neff 87 New Zealand Window Shades 21 Newport Brass 73 Ng, Fai 96-99 Nuevo Living 83 Our Boat House 73 Pacific American Lumber 58 Park View Construction 99 Partners in Design 65 Patrick Ahearn Architect 28-31 Paul Petersen, Inc 22-27 Pedini IFC-1 Peritos, Vaso 88-91 Perlick 99 Perrin & Rowe 16, 55 Philips Quildon Architects 56-59 Porcelanosa 91 Prentiss Architects, Inc 6-11 Prentiss, Geoff 6-11 Quildon, Sandi AIA 56-59 Rabun Mary Interiors 70-73 Ram 104 Raybern Co 65 Refin Ceramiche 83 Regina Andrew 73 Resene 21 Rev-A-Shelf 99 Richardson, Dane 100-105 Rick Bent Flooring 55 Robert McKaskel 77 Rohl 16, 55, 65, 77 Roush, Daniel 22-27 Sanford Custom Builders 28-31 Savannah Hardscapes 55 SemelSnow Interior Design, Inc 66-69 SG Design 106-109 Sharp 16, 104 Shatara Architecture 88-91 Shatara, Suheil AIA 88-91 Sheen, Lynne 100-105 Sherrill Furniture 73 Signature Hardware 65 Silestone 46-47, 58, 83 Smeg 104 Snow, Brian 66-69 Stackpanel 87

Steel Windows & Doors, USA 65 Stone Technology 16 Sub-Zero 2, 11, 16, 26, 55, 65, 73, 77, 91 Superior Floor 21 Terra Green Ceramics 65 The Light Post 55 The Sink Warehouse 104 The Stringer Group 50-55 Thermador 16, 99 ThinkGlass 36-37 Thomas Stempel Glass 11 Tip Top Builders, Inc 66-69 Tradition in Tile 73 Traditions in Tile and Stone 55 Trends Publishing International 32, 48, 110, 111 Trikeenan 65 Trimview Ceramics 104 Triple Crown Cabinet & Millwork Corporation 30 True Professional Series 5, 38-39 U-Line 91 Ultralift 87 Urban Archaeology 65 Vaso Peritos Interior Design 88-91 Vent-A-Hood 73 Ventus Design 56-59 Vicki Does Windows 83 Vigo 91 Viking 55, 58, 77 Vinci Hamp Architects, Inc 22-27 Viso Lighting 83, 91 Water Inc 58 Wayne Windham Architect 50-55 Weston Kitchens 60-65 Whirlpool 73 Whitechapel Hardware 65 Whitehaus Collection 65 Wilson Kelsey Design 12-16 Wilson Woodworks 73 Wilson, Sally ASID 12-16 Wilsonart 83 Windham, Wayne 50-55 Wolf 2, 46-47, 65, 87, 91 Wood Creations, Inc 50-55 Zook, John 50-55

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