I’m working thru the last few details of a kitchen island Sally and I are designing for a client in Newton, MA. The style of the kitchen could best be called a classical modern American kitchen with Belgian/European influences. Cabinets will be limed white oak or white oak with a transparent soft white wash, walnut island, jerusalem limestone backsplash, stainless steel appliances and funky lighting over a custom glass top table and column base that is integrated in to the island. We’re very excited about the floor, it will be stenciled. Final design and installation will be done by our decorative painter friends Lena and Doug of Zoe Design.
But I digress… Back to the island details. One of my pet pieces is many kitchen Islands I see are very conflicted visually. They can’t seem to make up their mind as t whether they are a piece of furniture, a table or something else entirely. Where I see this the most is at the island’s corners. Consequently I tend to fuss over my island corners. At the moment I have three contenders.
I’m trying to be more cabintry-like here, as opposed to furniture-ish or table-ish. I’m studying which detail will turn the corner most comfortably visually, given the simplicity of the cabinet doors. It’s interesting – as I look at the image now, I see at leasts two or three more possibilities. Can you?
This is where the process is so alive. You’ve absorbed images, had long discussions about style, function, form, materials and finishes with the client to the point where when you sit down to sketch you’re seeing the process thru their eyes, tempered by your own experience, intuition and design sensibilities.
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