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Warm cherry cabinetry enlivens this kitchen designed for a couple who are both professional chefs
Story by: Colleen Hawkes
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Three different countertop materials feature in this kitchen, including a cherry butchers block on the island. A buffet-shelving unit beside the dining table in the kitchen is in matching cherry wood.

It's always interesting to see new kitchens designed for professional chefs. Invariably they show us how functionality impacts on aesthetics, but there's never a compromise.

The kitchen in this new Charleston house was designed for a couple who are both chefs. Architect Alexander Gorlin says the pair wanted a cozy, practical and hardworking kitchen, rather than a show kitchen that would never be used.

"The house is a modern interpretation of a Southern courtyard house on a long narrow lot. The kitchen opens up to the courtyard on one side, and is the center of the house, both literally and in terms of the way the house is organized. There is a large table in the kitchen for casual meals it is almost like dining in a restaurant where you can see the chefs in action."


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This formal dining room adjoins the kitchen. Like the kitchen, it opens to a courtyard that runs along the side of the house. The door on the opposite side to the kitchen leads to the living room. To soften the ambiance, the hardwood floors feature a large textural area rug in soft terra cotta tones.

A large island serves as the food preparation and serving area. This has a cherry wood butcher's block countertop and sink. Another sink is placed on a long stainless steel countertop on the perimeter cabinetry that serves as a cleanup area.

"All the surface materials were chosen according to the required functionality," says the architect. "The owners can chop vegetables directly on the island top, while the rear countertop is marble, which is used for rolling out dough for baking."

Cherry cabinetry was specified for all the doors, which are set flush, in keeping with the Modern architecture.

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Cherry wood cabinetry wraps around the perimeter of this kitchen in a new house designed by architect Alexander Gorlin. The owners, who are professional chefs, chose cork flooring, because is soft underfoot.

"Cherry wood was chosen for its visual warmth and strong graining," says Gorlin. "The grain itself becomes the decoration. We added frosted glass to some of the overhead cabinets to relieve the long expanse of wood running around the kitchen."

All the cabinetry features He¤fele hardware, with custom inserts chosen by the owners.

Mar 05, 2014

Credit list

Architect
Alexander Gorlin FAIA, with Jason Federbush and Glenn Goble, Alexander Gorlin Architects (New York)
Structural consultant
Robert McKaskel
Countertops
Cherry wood; stainless steel; marble
Faucets
Rohl
Refrigeration
Sub-Zero
General contractor
Hank Hill Fine Custom Homes
Cabinetry
Cherry wood
Sink
Kohler
Ovens and cooktop
Viking
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