Category 4: Open Plan Kitchens (includes great rooms, breakfast nooks and dining rooms)

by bkrigbaum@solagroup.com

Natural Elements Offer the Wright Stuff

Terri Schmidt, along with co-designers Linda Eberle, CKD, CBD, and Kevin Schmidt of Delafield, WI-based Dream Kitchens, created this kitchen for her empty-nester clients with the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright as an inspiration. The clients also wanted a space conducive to entertaining.

Key to this design is the inclusion of natural materials and a palette that reflects a connection to nature, a central principle in Wright’s aesthetic. Mahogany cabinets from Corsi with strong horizontal lines, Silver Spark granite countertops with mahogany tops on accent pieces and bamboo cabinets on the perimeter island establish this nature-inspired palette.

To provide ease for entertaining, Schmidt says: “A walk-in pantry with double sliding doors supports daily needs and smaller groups, as well as larger catered events.”

Appliances from Asko, Wolf, Sharp and Sub-Zero round out the product selection.

Log Cabin Meets 21st Century

A circa 1820s cabin with unspoiled river views and lush woodland surroundings received “an update in period, luxury and lifestyle,” says Chris Novak Berry. Berry, with co-designer Emily Castle of St. Louis-based brooksBerry Kitchens & Baths, redesigned this kitchen into a modern treasure.

Fumed wide pine wood flooring is paired alongside natural limestone flooring and walls, mahogany cabinetry from Rutt and Draper DBS and Typhoon Green honed granite for a rich palette of natural hues. Appliances from Miele, Fisher & Paykel, Wolf and Sub-Zero complete the product selection.

Sculptured Kitchen Makes Modernist Statement

This kitchen, which sits in a penthouse apartment, was given a sleek update by designer William Landeros and co-designer Jed MacKenzie, CKD, of Denver-based bulthaup by Kitchen Distributors.

The space is anchored by the wealth of alder wood used throughout the space, giving the designers room to include pops of stainless steel accents.

“Horizontal lines create a sculptural effect and can be seen throughout in stainless steel handles, horizontal wood veneers and wine storage shelves,” says Landeros.

Stainless steel appliances include a Miele dishwasher, cooktop and ovens from Gaggenau, and refrigeration including wine storage from Sub-Zero.

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