There's something boundary-blurring about combining brick and wood. This kitchen, for example, could be located in a renovated city warehouse or in a rural outbuilding. My feeling is that the raw materials act as an equalizer of sorts, rendering spaces at once rustic and urbane. It's up to other elements—like appliances, counter surfaces, and, as this photo so well illustrates, lighting—to tip the stylistic scales one way or the other.
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.