A Danish Inspired Kitchen

San Francisco, California
Location
  • San Francisco, California
  • This project page was created by community member Benjamin Farrell

    I shared a common experience with these clients: we both spent time living in Copenhagen. As you would expect, we came away from our experiences with a deep appreciation of Danish culture and sensibility. Their house in San Francisco, in contrast, had that annoying center court that was good for natural light, but not much else. We took the Danish aesthetic, our fabulous California sunshine and combined them under a jumbo sliding skylight. The center of the house became flooded in light, air and hygge.

    The coffee nook is self serve for starting the family morning routine with a jolt of caffeine.

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    Keep it simple, let the big moves be the drama. In this case it doesn't get much more dramatic than a 7ft x 14ft sliding skylight.

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    On a sunny day, the light paints little pictures from dawn till dusk.

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    Light, white and bright.
    - Danish design mantra

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    The open shelves over the sink are clear finished white oak.

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    The island separates a working side, a cleaning side, a social side and a circulation side.

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    False beams put in place solely to hold those awesome Louis Poulsen lights.

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    Benjamin Farrell
    @farrellarchitecture
    Ben Farrell, owner and principal architect, is a graduate of Syracuse University but attributes most of his formative experiences to time spent in Florence, Italy and Copenhagen, Denmark. His curiosity with architecture came at a young age in Copenhagen by spray painting graffiti on the drab and boring ends of buildings that seemed otherwise forgotten. He legitimized this passion for unauthorized aesthetic improvement with an architectural education, some of which was spent studying the classics in the architecturally fecund areas of Tuscany. These contrasting experiences spawned an equally contentious philosophy that continues to juxtapose the respect of classical order with a modernity that says "nothing is sacred", improvement happens everywhere and sometimes the rules are just wrong. He resides in Southern Marin with a studio in Sausalito.
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