29 July 2014

Celebrating Summer

In an outpouring of unguarded optimism that's been sparked by a forecast stretch of weather that for this time of year is preternaturally perfect [i.e., 80ºF, 20% humidity, light breezes, sun], I'm spontaneously devoting this week's posts to outdoor kitchens.

On one level of a series of tiered decks, this basic setup has much to recommend it. It's above the fray of the swimming pool, convenient to the indoor kitchen and its amenities, and positioned to catch the prevailing winds, keeping smoke away. Fuel storage is neatly accomplished via built-in stainless steel drawers. austinlivesoutdoors.com

28 July 2014

Cook, Out

As any designer will confirm, it's pretty hard to top Nature as a creative force. This outdoor kitchen tacitly acknowledges that fact, with its grill and sink contained in a modest concrete workbench. I wonder if some sort of shading structure could be included in the project—a tree would be the best solution, surely. konturarkitekter.dk

25 July 2014

Conveniences Galore!

Life in 1958 was different. I guess if your kitchen had a Cuisine Centré instead of a sink you'd put on your pearls and whip up a strawberry dessert, too. The integral small-appliance hub simplified that process; today you'd have to haul out the blender and the mixer, make room for them on the cluttered the counter, and get to work. The fact that the sink—I mean, the Centré—merited a dedicated peninsula for its placement is proof of the esteem in which it was held [if not by the homeowner, at least by the manufacturer].

24 July 2014

Duchamp, 2.0

Some may see a sleek ceramic sculpture, others might perceive a section of intestine. Personally, I'm undecided if the design intent of the WCA toilet is subtle or obvious. I do like it very much, though, for its bold appearance. sanindusa.pt

23 July 2014

Passing [Through] Showers

At its essence, the shower experience comes down to a narrow routine: Enter booth, be drenched, exit booth. This floorplan escapes that monotony by creating a pathway rather than a cul-de-sac for the shower. Add to that its almost-outdoors ambiance, and I think we have a winner. lakeflato.com

22 July 2014

Something Fishy

Observing fish drifting in a pond is a fine way to pass a lazy summer day. Barring an actual opportunity to do so [city life has a way of diluting such pastoral scenarios into virtual and/or vicarious experiences], contemplating these wall-bound koi will have to suffice. Using open-backed shelving lets the pattern—'Derwent', named after a doubtlessly bucolic location in west Cumbria—show through. In five colorways. osborneandlittle.com

21 July 2014

Bright Idea

As I see it, this kitchen strikes just the right balance between light and dark. I don't mean the contrast between the cherry-wood cabinets and the white walls; it's the level of illumination that impresses me. I can imagine this Williamsburg kitchen being as evenly lit in the deep of winter as it is on this sunny July afternoon. plainenglishdesign.co.uk