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Separation without walls from Kitchen Trends volume 2802
When the design is underway and the owner steps up to construct the cabinetry, you know the kitchen will reflect passion and personality.
This kitchen, by designer Dana Jones, forms part of a modern house with an informal beach-cottage ambience. The exposed ceiling beams, exterior stone cladding continued inside and tongue-and-groove paneling seen right through the house all contribute to the feel, says Jones.
"We designed the kitchen to respond to and accentuate the relaxed air – for example, the cosmetic wood ceiling beams were added over the kitchen to offset the presence of the metal structural beams on either side of the space."
Several aspects of the design are classic with a twist – creating a fresh, transitional aesthetic. The cabinetry was built by one of the owners employing traditional carpentry methods, but the shallow panels and transparent acrylic pulls reflect a more contemporary style.
"The traditional cooking range was selected in a modern, breezy, blue color," says Jones. "And on the backsplash, smooth marble is used in the playful format of bevelled subway tiles."
The kitchen has been carefully considered in terms of its close surroundings on all sides.
The adjacent open-plan space is tiered, with the dining room stepping down to the kitchen, which in turn steps down to the living area.
On the dining room side a raised counter doubles as a serving station and shields kitchen clutter from view. On the lower side of the kitchen, a similar ledge provides a convenient bar top for the living space and again obscures any cooking mess from family and guests. The outward-facing side of this cabinet is used as a bookcase. Between these two extremities, the centrally placed island provides seating for four and is the heart of the kitchen's cooking zone.
"The island is at the center of the room and leads the eye to the kitchen's only wall. This area has been given a strict symmetry, running on from the island – with cabinetry ranging out to left and right from the central refrigerator, pull-out pantry and freezer arrangement."
The kitchen's overall tonal palette is simple: stainless steel, wood and a predominance of black and white. However, the blue range does provide an unexpected splash of color.
This well-connected kitchen achieves a sense of self and privacy while still connecting with its surroundings.
C & C Partners (El Segundo, CA)
CornueFe by La Cornue
main sink faucet by Hansgrohe, prep sink faucet by Grohe
Custom-cut, honed, beveled Carrara marble subway tiles
Monkeypod, wide plank, from Jonathan Kitzen
Eldrige Pendants by Ballard Designs
Shaw's original fireclay sink
Story by Charles Moxham
Photography by Jamie Cobeldick