Grace and balance

Attention to materials, shapes and styles ensures this kitchen responds to its immediate and distant surroundings
Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Richard Mandelkorn
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View of kitchen which evokes classic aesthetic, mahogany island, beadboard ceiling, backlit upper cabinetry panes, crown mouldings and traditional arch over the cooktop.

The nuances of visual balance in an interior can bring instinctive pleasure. Attention to scale and evenly weighted cabinet pieces will help visitors as well as family feel at home, even if they can't say exactly why.

This demure kitchen and nearby breakfast area form part of a run of three rooms at the rear of a classically styled house by architect Jan Gleysteen. The kitchen acts as a through space so the island is positioned as a buffer for the kitchen's inner workings. The design is about symmetry and balance, says Gleysteen.

"The large 60in cooktop is the heart of the kitchen the arch detail makes it look like an old-world hearth. Cabinetry to right and left is bookended by pilasters that form pull-out spice shelves, detailing that is repeated on the island. In addition, the cabinets have an undulating quality some stand slightly proud, while others are recessed."


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View of floor plan of house.

The architect introduced a box bay window in front of the farmhouse sink, creating space for a deep counter. Bringing the window down to counter height optimizes views to the garden.

"Base cutouts on the sink cabinet are part of a furniture look in the kitchen, suggesting it has been drawn together over time. The mahogany island provides a contrast to the white hand-glazed wall cabinets both in finish and counter depth adding to the gathered-together effect."

The built-up granite island counter features stepped edges and corner bites details which soften the mass of the substantial piece.

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View of floor plan of house.

"Everything is also subtly scaled the arch over the breakfast counter is built to the height of someone sitting at the breakfast table."

May 17, 2011

Credit list

Interior designer
Beth Herbert, Fringed Benefits Designs of Boston
Cabinetry
Custom in maple with painted finish and custom glazing by Wayne Towle
Countertops
Granite
Range
Wolf
Dishwasher
Fisher & Paykel
Windows
Kolbe and Kolbe
Dining furniture
Directoire and Provence collections by Grange Furniture, Lee Jofa fabric on chairs
Lighting
Niermann Weeks from M-Geough Associates,
Builder
Marc Kaplan,
Backsplash
Tile Showcase,
Oven
Turbo Chef
Refrigeration
Sub-Zero
Tile flooring
Design consultant Christine Bernier, Tile Showcase
Kitchen furniture
Stools by Charleston Forge, Camino chairs upholstered in Kravet fabric
Wallcoverings
Benjamin Moore
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