Another decidedly French project came in to the office last week and I have been busy becoming familiar with the project. Located in Newton, it will be a new house whose exterior will be done in a French Renaissance style. (Are we becoming Boston’s French Connection???) The architects are fellow New England Chapter ICA&A members, Merrimack Design Group. One of our first responsibilities is to look at the kitchen and give our opinion on its functionality and its relationship to the rest of the house. This became one of my task, along with sketching preliminary furniture plans so we could evaluate the lighting design in the architect’s set of drawings.
As I worked on fine tuning the kitchen, I couldn’t help thinking ahead to what it might look like. Knowing it will need to be done in a French/European style I thought I’d take a fresh look. I’ve grown to feel that many French style kitchens become “over columnized and over corbelized” – that they’re trying/working too hard. I’d like to see this kitchen pulled back with the noise taken out of it. Today, I went through some of our books and magazines to see if I could find examples the vision I held in my head. (The first sunny day in 5 days. What am I doing at my desk????) Here are some examples.
This will probably be too rustic, but I like the cabinet and exhaust hood details.