This is on a twist server. Jan 2015.

Warm Contemporary

In this striking contemporary kitchen, intensive planning ensured that no space was wasted and every kitchen implement had its most advantageous position.  Placement and sizes of interior cabinet accessories like roll out shelves, cutlery trays, and drawer dividers were all painstakingly planned exactly according to the measurements of their intended contents.

After calculating the necessary cubic footage of refrigeration, the two refrigerator/freezer units originally planned turned out to be excessive.  One tall Subzero all-refrigerator unit and undercounter freezer drawers amply met the clients’ needs, and allowed the refrigerator to be more strategically positioned.  Instead of double ovens, two single Wolf ovens were positioned at counter height for easier access.  Two Asko dishwashers and two sinks add convenience and flexibility for multiple cooks.

Quartered zebrawood veneer was chosen for the cabinetry because of its distinctive exotic graining.  Quartered wenge in a darker tone was employed on the island and surrounding the tall oven elevation.  The strong vertical graining on the cabinetry contrasts with the veining and movement of the Bianco Antico granite.  Curved cabinetry and countertops on the island promotes traffic flow and adds another non-linear element to the space.

The dramatically high ceilings add openness to the space, but to incorporate the height with the rest of the room, stepped wood-trimmed coffers add warmth and act as a sound baffle.


Alise O'Brien


Jim Howard