Designer John Picard isn’t afraid of getting his hands dirty in the kitchen, or washing the sand off his feet in the bathroom. This ecological pioneer’s half-lot home is designed for maximum efficiency—and comfort. Opening onto the open-plan living and dining rooms, the aluminum Bulthaup System 20 kitchen with its nine-foot-long stainless steel island and Miele appliances has become a focal point of the house. Pressed in one seamless sheet of steel, the island, Picard says with the obvious pride of a satisfied customer, “is an amazing piece of engineering.” Photo by Gregg Segal.
Picard and his daughter, Alexis, who visits on weekends, enjoy cooking fresh ingredients like fish or artichokes in the Miele steam oven. The translucent glass wall provides plenty of natural light and gives the aluminum-and-stainless-steel kitchen a soft white glow. Photo by Gregg Segal.
Behind a traditional colonial in Lima, an angular house attuned to its site takes shape. The dining area holds an adjunct kitchen designed for the homeowner, a chef; the table base was repurposed from one from her former restaurant. Photo by Cristóbal Palma.
“We wanted a big kitchen to live in, not a small, technical place to cook,” says Guido Chiavelli, who returns from work every day to have lunch with his wife and son at their renovated farmhouse in the Italian countryside. At the far end, a glass ceiling presents an open-air feeling. “Cooking while it’s raining is fascinating,” he says. Photo by Helenio Barbetta.