Food, like design, is a key factor of everyday life. Not everyone appreciates food and design with fervor, but at Dwell, we recognize the importance of both. Part one of our Kitchens We Love series focuses on how to use wood for maximum effect.
On a rocky island in Maine's Penobscot Bay is a rugged, barn-inspired retreat with a U-shape kitchen that architect Christopher Campbell devised as a workshop. "The end result is a clean and somewhat elegant space in which you could just as easily plate a dinner for 20 as rebuild a carburetor," he says. Cabinetry is made of pine; flooring is Douglar fir; and wall paneling is made of Russian spruce. Photo by Raimund Koch.
Unhappy with Accra’s concrete-block houses, architect Joe Osae-Addo was determined to build his house with the materials found primarily in rural areas: timber and adobe mud blocks. For cross ventilation, the house has sliding slatted-wood screens and floor-to-ceiling jalousie windows. Osae-Addo brought along the Bulthaup kitchen when he moved back to Ghana from LA. Photo by Dook.
All-wood cabinetry is an unexpected touch in an elegant steel prefab prototype designed by Marmol Radziner in the California desert. The kitchen cabinetry, custom designed by the architects, is smooth brown teak. The faucet is by Hansgrohe, and the dishwasher is by Bosch. Photo by Daniel Hennessy.
Designed and built in 1878, a 4,400-square-foot white house has, from the outside, the undeniable characteristics of a classic San Francisco Victorian. Designer Nilus de Matran left the exterior intact while opening up the interiors to reflect the current residents' lifestyle. The walnut cabinets he designed for the kitchen, which update and warm the space, were fabricated by George Slack. Photo by Dave Lauridsen.
The Deans’ new kitchen—for their modernized Cape Cod in Minneapolis—is long and narrow, punctuated by the small windows that dot punctuate sleek wood paneling, plus one large light-giving window at the end. Photo by Chad Holder.