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].
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.