The Beautiful Game

Apologies, futbol fanatics: I have been remiss in failing to acknowledge the World Cup in any posts since the tournament began. In a nod to the host country, the late Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer designed this kitchen in southern California; it is part of his only residential work in the United States. Built in 1963, it's a space in stylistic transition. The blocky forms of mid-century modernism are meeting the then-nascent open kitchen plan. I like the detail that's shared by the suspended cabinets and the leg treatment of the base cupboard [look at the lower left corner].