Character strengths kitchen by owner and designer Reiko Lewis

This Reiko Lewis kitchen merges two personalities
Story by: Charles Moxham
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This kitchen with an Asian influence has an eliptical, self-contained presence yet also connects with its surroundings. The Haiku quartz countertops have a polished finish.

He prefers one look for their kitchen, while she favors quite another. Creating a design that keeps both of them happy can be tricky, but it can be achieved with close attention to tone and detail.

This kitchen remodel by interior designer and co-owner Reiko Lewis of Ventus Design had to find just such a balance her love of the clean-lined, modern European aesthetic needed to be set against her husband's passion for Asian culture, and his desire to display artworks and objects collected on Eastern travels.

To cater to his preferences, the floor is in teak and the cabinetry is in a rich walnut, says Lewis.

"Dark, rich wood is often featured in Asian interiors. In addition, I designed glass-fronted cabinets for the kitchen and the adjacent dining room in the same style this helps draw the two spaces together and allows objects inside to still be on display.


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The small central island in this kitchen remodel offers practical storage.

"Then we painted the walls in a soft beige. This tone is also popular in Asian design and makes an appropriate backdrop for art."

For her side of the equation, Lewis selected reflective mosaic tiles in bronze for the whole-wall backsplash. She also specified crisp white quartz countertops to create a dramatic contrast to the predominating wood tones. Faucets and hardware are modern and minimalist.

"The sleek stainless steel appliances are also part of the European aesthetic," says Lewis

While the curved shape of the kitchen had to be retained for structural reasons, the designer did tweak the layout to optimize connections.

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Most countertops are 36in high in this kitchen, but the new circular island is only 30in tall a height that suits one of the owners.

"I moved the cooktop to the rear counter and relocated the sink, so we could prep and chat to guests at the same time. Importantly, I re-angled the blade columns to maximize the sea views, which are also reflected in the glass cabinets.

"To improve the flow to the living room, I created a gap in the counter. Before the remodeling, the entry looked straight into the kitchen. To avoid this, I introduced a pantry on that side of the space and added an Asian-style lattice screen. This helps to hide clutter from arriving guests without blocking valuable cross ventilation."

As a finishing touch, a small circular island was introduced in the middle of the room. This reinforces the curved theme, provides central storage for pots and pans, and functions as a handy landing space.

Mar 05, 2014

Credit list

Architect
Sandi Quildon AIA,
Builder and cabinet company
Countertops
Haiku quartz by Silestone, with polished finish, from Natural Stone Design
Wall tiles
Savoy Bronze mosaic tiles from Ann Sacks
Kitchen furniture
Designed by Ventus Design, constructed by Darcey Builders
Lighting
Leucos USA
Faucets
Axor Citterio by Hansgrohe
Ventilation
Miele
Water dispenser
Water Inc
Interior designer
Reiko Lewis ASID, IIDA, Ventus Design (Honolulu)
Cabinetry
Custom in American walnut
Flooring
Brazilian teak by Mullican Flooring from Pacific American Lumber
Doors and windows
Darcey Builders
Dining furniture
Wing-flap dining table by Molteni & C; Glove dining chairs
Kitchen sink
Kohler in stainless steel from Ferguson Honolulu
Oven, cooktop, refrigeration and dishwasher
Viking
Microwave
Microwave In A Drawer by Dacor
Waste disposal
InSinkErator
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