29 May 2017

Kitchen for a Cloudy Day

By now, I ought to be used to it: a tease of sun in the morning, then the clouds [and not infrequently, the rain] close in for the day. Disheartening—yet we persist.

I offer up this kitchen as a salve to all who had to cancel BBQ plans this holiday. With its white-lacquered cabinets, it provides a passive source of light, bouncing sun [Google it] around the room. While the narrowness of the island might at first seem to be stingy in the amount of work space it provides, think again—the limited surface area means everything is within easy reach.

26 May 2017

A Rare Grill, Indeed

'Controlled Cooking'—Sure, if you think setting your shins aflame is some sort of control. A vertical broiler fueled by charcoal is one wacky [or is it 'magic'?] idea. And locating said broiler in a spot that's awkward to access and hard to see is, IMHO, just asking for a quick trip to the burn unit.

Have a great holiday weekend, dear readers!

25 May 2017

Dark + Stormy

You'd never guess this weekend is Memorial Day. Solid fog, zero sun, unrelenting rain—it's more like October. So, in surrender, I pulled this somber bath from my Halloween files.

Sigh. axel-vervoordt.com

24 May 2017

Hybrid Style

As an example of audacious design, it would be hard to top this vanity. Combining Op-Art and Louis XV style creates a piece that would be the center of attention in any bath. I'm fascinated by how the grid works with the contours of the chest. moissonnier.com

23 May 2017

Outside the Line

Piet Boon's PB11 tap design intentionally accentuates the imperfect. The arc of the faucet is neither assertively circular nor crisply squared; its slow, wide curve is organic, but not natural. A delight to the eye! bycocoon.com

22 May 2017

The Fifth Wall

Carrying the use of wood in this kitchen to include the ceiling gives the room a slight time-traveling air. Floating on top of a narrow band of white wall, it can be seen as a contemporary, contrasting treatment. But it could also be imagined as a historical throwback, revealing the 'original' ceiling. jeffreydungan.com

19 May 2017

Stepping Up...or Down

In 1964, long before 'ergonomics' was a familiar term, designers at Westinghouse were on the case for consumer comfort. In the Terrace Top range, the front hobs sit at a height of 33 inches, while the back burners are at 35 inches. The rationale was to relegate long-simmering pots to the latter, and situate dishes that required constant stirring or other hands-on tending to the more conveniently scaled front units.