Open to Possibilities

By reaffirming that the idiosyncratic and the practical can coexist, Alfredo Haeberli's Mesa kitchen has lifted my spirits today. The divot-marked cabinets are as much about pattern as they are about texture; it's like a code. A slab of stone bridges the island's steel and wood ends—maybe a little strong on the materials usage, but I appreciate how they define the cooking and prep areas. The chopping block/workbench element, with its prominent vice handle, teases me [in a good way] with its references to disassembling/assembling.