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This bright, white kitchen takes its design cues from a dramatic remodel of the entire home
Story by: Charles Moxham
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Kitchen has Granite tops and contrasting dark walnut used as flooring, contemporary design and Stainless steel cabinetry is a standout.

The expression that nothing exists in isolation rings particularly true for the design of open-plan interiors. A kitchen open to the living room, the dining room and other public spaces needs to look as if it belongs from every angle.

Icelandic architect Bjorn Skaptason undertook a whole-house remodel that incorporated this large kitchen. The comprehensive rethink saw little but the original street facade and house structure remain. The owners, also from Iceland, wanted to replace the traditional interiors with clean, open living spaces throughout.

"Design motifs found elsewhere in the interior continue in the kitchen," says Skaptason. "The home's simple tonal palette of white, gray and black, combined with architectural detailing that accentuates the play of shadow and light, is also in evidence here."


Kitchen has Granite tops and contrasting dark walnut chair, dining room, floor, flooring, furniture, home, interior design, kitchen, room, table, window, white, gray
Kitchen has Granite tops and contrasting dark walnut used as flooring, contemporary design and Stainless steel cabinetry is a standout.

The kitchen reflects the interior's minimalist range of materials. Granite and contrasting dark walnut used as flooring in the rest of the house are found here too on the floor, as a feature wall, and as countertops and a table top.

However, the owners wanted a heavy-duty feel for the kitchen and to address this Skaptason introduced stainless steel. As well as appliances, including the feature, oversized island range hood, the entire bank of wall cabinetry is fronted in this shiny, professional-look material.

"The need for a hard-wearing kitchen dictated other elements too," says Skaptason. "There are two dishwashers and sinks, and the large island is used for homework as well as food preparation."

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Kitchen has Granite tops and contrasting dark walnut used as flooring, contemporary design and Stainless steel cabinetry is a standout.

The new kitchen's sleek, welcoming ambiance results from its scale and the minimalist treatment of both color and materials, says the architect.

Mar 03, 2009

Credit list

Builder
S+H Construction
Plumbing
Chase & Tolan
Flooring
Polished gray granite from CM Zottola, O'Hearn Tile, installed by Associated Stone & Tile Installers; Walnut Expresso from Patina Relics
Cabinetry
Kitchen sink, faucets
Franke
Cooktop
Viking sealed burner rangetop, professional series
Dishwasher
Miele Optima
Excavating, site work, concrete
S+H Sitework Division; Beacon Site Developers and Consultants
Paint
Piano 2 in matte white by Andrew's Painting
Glass
Architectural glass from Commonwealth Glass
Lighting
Wever & Ducré
Oven
Wolf E Series built-in
Microwave
Viking
Ventilation
Lifebreath HRV
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