a collector’s kitchen
These clients not only wanted a kitchen nobody else had, they wanted out with the unremarkable white cabinetry and granite as well as the dated appliances. Most important, they wanted a kitchen to showcase their personal passion. This 450 square foot eat-in-kitchen/dining room/office area showplace was designed for avid art glass collectors. The designer’s floor plan integrated plenty of efficient kitchen, dining and work space that also affords sightlines for optimal viewing of the art pieces from every vantage point. The centerpiece of this space is the cantilevered, hand-painted glass slab eating surface that is back lit with LED lighting strips and attached to the center island. Mixed texture is also part of the story. Natural, honed granite below the range hood adds textural counterpoint to the polished granite counter and to the glass tile backsplash. These surfaces are complimented by the sleek, metallic-sparkle of the 3-layer hand-polished cabinet finishes and set off by the dual marble flooring. Dramatic lighting and architectural detailing, including bi-level ceiling, TV hideaway and a wall opened to add a display niche provide a fitting backdrop and frame for the collection. Top-of-the-line, high-performance, Wolf Sub-Zero appliances assured the owners that they would have plenty of time to relax and enjoy their artful environment.