How did your design process evolve?
The architect drew two big squares on a piece of paper – not even to scale – and said 'here's your area to work with’, and because I had worked with Mike so many time in the past, I understood his thought and process.
The layout has the outer island where you sit, and the inner island with the cooktop in front of the back wall with the sink area.
There are Sub-Zero refrigerators off to the side, which have glass doors – very simple, no decorative front panels, just honest stainless steel and glass doors.
I'd worked with this client before, so I knew how she used her kitchen. She was someone who did cook a lot. They are European and are all about connecting as a family with their meals.
So the layout and design is very functional.
I developed a special product for this project which is a translucent paint over a plain sawn white oak, so you can see the grain coming through, creating a texture to the finish.
All of the cabinets throughout the entire home were made this way.
We used random width planks for the doors rather than plain, solid veneer. So that adds texture as well.
There's also additional cross cuts against the grain that adds even more texture, which you don't really see until you're close to it and touch it.
But that subtle layer of texture added a lot of warmth to the house.