Donald Lococo Architects LLC, Bethesda, MD
Fresh was the key word for the approach to this kitchen design, which was part of a whole-house remodel in Washington, DC for a young couple with a child and two cats. The tired 1990s kitchen needed an inspired update, and Donald Lococo utlized curves as well as multiple materials to give the limited space new life.
Once rounded corners were the focus, a palette of two contrasting materials was chosen to emphasize the curves. Custom figured walnut and semigloss cabinetry were selected – the figured walnut had life while the other did not; one was dark, the other light; one had motion and pattern and one was solid. Razor edge countertops and backsplash from Neolith in Arctic White added further contrast against the dark walnut and highlighted the rounded corners of the island.
The raised island legs not only allow the red oak parquet floors to run continuously below them, but act as an area for pet bowls for the clients’ cats so they remain close to the family and at the same time feel sheltered. Touch latch doors that are kerfed horizontally act like drawers to emphasize the curve of the island.
Along the back wall, a Wolf range is topped with a Prestige exhaust hood that blends with the white semigloss uppers. On the opposite wall, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer are paneled in the figured walnut. Drum 1/1-4″ Champagne Bronze round cabinet knobs from Liberty Hardware are featured throughout.
The island includes an Elkay sink and a faucet from VIGO Industries that showcases knurled metalwork. A Cove dishwasher aids in cleanup. Above, Asteria pendant lighting from Umage mimics the white/walnut combination in the kitchen.