In April 2015, I received the greatest news! I was nominated as The Student Winner of the SubZero|Wolf Kitchen Design Contest 2013-2014, and will attend The Best of the Best, 3-day Summit and Gala in Scottsdale this fall.
I am delighted to share a few photos and insights of my work (not all drawings submitted are shown), and look forward to creating even more beautiful spaces in the coming years. Check out Life of an Architect’s blog on the Sub-zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest here.
Client’s Request & Concept:
The Litchfield’s are newly married professionals with a baby on the way. Their new home resides in an urban high-rise and they are requesting that their interiors be transformed to evoke the charm and elegance of the French countryside. Their French-inspired kitchen design must be conducive to casual entertaining, yet intimate and functional enough to accommodate for daily use. The space must be family-friendly, elegant and feminine, yet simple and refined. In addition, the space must be eco-minded; creatively re-purposing existing pieces from their collection of antiques and salvaged finds. Mrs. Litchfield’s elegant, blush-colored wedding bouquet is the inspiration for her new French-inspired kitchen, Cafe La Fleur.
Some design challenges encountered:
A long and narrow space, fixed structural columns, and soaring ceilings were the main challenges posed in this project. To break up the infinite feel, I divided the kitchen into zones and created two functional islands. After much deliberation, I submitted to embracing the building’s structural columns versus fighting them, which proved successful. Evidence of this can be seen in the architectural pillars flanking the kitchen’s perimeter; graceful arches connect these classical details, lending to the space’s romantic air. Rustic beams were specified for the for aesthetic and psychological intent: to bring in a casual, relaxed feel, and to lower the 12-foot ceilings to an intimate level. Fabricating architectural elements not only added interest and personality to the space, but created the ambiance my client’s so desired.
My top Design Goals:
Environmental consciousness, embracing the French style, and staying within budget were my top design goals. The fact that my clients had amazing pieces that hadn’t yet found a home, was the springboard for the kitchen design. I fashioned tall, built-in breakfront cabinets from their antique/salvaged pieces, which proved to be a beautiful juxtaposition against the stainless Pro 48 refrigerator. In addition to re-purposing their case goods, I slip covered and added lock casters to their wing back chairs for the counter-height islands. The lock casters aid in safety for all ages, mobility when needed, and protect the floors from daily use or when interchanging from breakfast, living and dining spaces. Re-purposing the cabinets, lighting, and furniture from the owner’s collection helped keep costs down, so the bulk of the budget could be used for appliances, construction, and design fees.
The image above shows a finished floor plan; a beautiful, timeless, thoughtful space to be enjoyed for years to come!