Thursday, March 10, 2011

Arts and Crafts Kitchens

The efficient working kitchen is an exercise in minimalist composition. The maple bar is cantilevered from an exposed structural column. The counter is brushed stainless steel with micro-peened (similar to sandblasted) stainless steel on the wall above.

The cabinetry in this award-winning contemporary kitchen is warm and glowing. The view of ponderosa pines is complemented with nature-inspired fabric on the valance.

Foot traffic flows smoothly around the angled island. The raised bar top helps to conceal the cooktop from the adjacent room.

This kitchen feautres a grand 8' x 8' island. The unique color on the birch cabinets features a hand-applied painted sheen, which allows a hint of the natural wood grain to peek through the soft gray tone. Intricate moldings and corbels give the cabinets a high-end furniture look.

This butler's pantry is used for decorative storage and an auxiliary cooking center. The narrow countertop is the perfect size for resting hot dishes right out of the oven.

The warmth of the wood floor, which is repeated in the selection of granite for the countertop, is a nice balance to the white cabinetry in this traditional kitchen. The large antique pine table is the center gathering spot in the household. Photo by Sharon Yob.

A functional island in stainless steel and Carrara marble is the central work area of this kitchen. Stainless steel countertops were chosen to mimic industrial elements, while a deep brown Wengue finish was used for the cabinetry in order to create a brilliant contrast with the lighter cork floor.

Glazed French country cabinetry graces this large gourmet kitchen. The butcher block and granite island is an eye-catching element that melds form with function. The stone flooring adds a dynamic dimension to the space.

This kitchen design is a fine example of my FusionDesign philosophy in practice. It subtly blends contemporary European elements with soothing Asian accents like the glass shoji screen doors and Zen water feature, while offering increased functionality for the American lifestyle.

Suspended over the kitchen table is a vintage Moroccan light fixture. The Moroccan influence continues with the fretwork in the cabinet doors. All the tiles in the backsplash were handmade especially for this kitchen.

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