CHARLENE PETERSEN, OWNER
CASHMERE INTERIOR — BALTIMORE
Collaboration with PRG Brothers and Locati Architects
Zinc (island); Jura limestone (perimeter)
Photos: Audrey Hall
To add depth and layers to her designs, Petersen often mixes materials, as in this kitchen where she combined zinc on the island with honed/sealed Jura limestone on the perimeter. These material choices are repeated in the bar area.
The metal’s propensity to change over time – naturally aging to a warm gray that can more easily be abraded compared to other surfaces – can be a pro and a con, Petersen points out. “This client is okay with any scratches and patina that will develop,” she says. “It’s the kind of kitchen that looks lived in. You will be able to tell that its island top is a working surface. A little wear and tear will only add to the patina.”
Zinc also satisfies the client’s request for a rustic, modern design style. “Zinc – especially when it isn’t hammered, as in this design – provides a very fresh, rustic and modern approach, which was an important goal of this house,” she says.
Rivets on the island’s edge, as well as the steel bands that conceal the seams, add a fun detail.
LISA BAKAMIS, OWNER
LISA BAKAMIS INTERIOR DESIGN— FAIRFAX, CA
Collaboration with Arrowtown Construction
John Boos walnut (island); Caesarstone Pure White (perimeter)
Photos: David Duncan Livingston
Because of this kitchen’s monochromatic design style accentuated with cool elements, Bakamis added warmth with a John Boos walnut countertop for the island.
“We had a lot of pattern as well as cooler colors and materials in the kitchen,” says Bakamis, calling attention to the encaustic cement tile backsplash/walls and porcelain floor as well as the Pure White Caesarstone quartz perimeter countertops that support a clean design aesthetic and emphasize ‘modern farmhouse’ mixed with a bit of bohemia. “Other than the range being the sole pop of color, we kept it very monochromatic, so we wanted to throw in some warmth with rustic wood. Walnut is always a beautiful material, and my clients loved the idea of bringing it in to enhance the overall aesthetic look.”
Because of the home’s wooded location, the designer also wanted to showcase some natural materials. “The walnut brings in an outdoor element, as opposed to everything else being man-made,” she says. “It’s a nice way to break things up a little bit.”
PEG BERENS, OWNER
PEG BERENS INTERIOR DESIGN — SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA
ThinkGlass Crystal Brossa (island)
Photos: Robert Naik Photography
To emphasize this kitchen’s ‘Hollywood Regency’ theme characterized by clean lines with lots of glamour and interesting finishes, Berens used a single piece of thick, seamless ThinkGlass glass as the countertop for the 6’x9′ island.
“This client was willing to do something a little different, which is exciting,” she says. “That willingness allowed us to create something really beautiful that also meets her needs. After looking at a variety of exotic stone surfaces, we fell in love with the idea of a glass countertop.”
Its 1.5″ depth makes a bold statement. “The glass thickness is part of what makes it so striking,” she says. “We wanted to make it look substantial…like something that was grand and special.”
Since the glass is clear, Berens added a thin layer of copper-finished aluminum laminate substrate between it and the cabinet box to conceal the latter and to tie into other copper elements in the home. And, although the glass is smooth on the surface, it features a soft, directional pattern underneath. “When you look into the glass, you see this beautiful copper and waves that look like water,” she concludes.