authors Janice Costa
When asked to restore and modernize a 1904 Tudor home for a family in St. Paul, MN – without losing the true spirit of the home – David Heide knew he had his work cut out for him. The designer, in conjunction with Chris Christofferson and Mark Nelson of the Minneapolis-based David Heide Design Studio, began by expanding the space, focusing on function with an array of Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances as well as a large farmhouse sink that would evoke the spirit of 1904.
Red birch was the original wood species on the back of the house, so this was incorporated in the kitchen, with a stainless steel appliance alcove holding the Sub-Zero integrated refrigerator and freezer, and a Wolf wall oven, microwave and warming drawer.
Authentic details include the light fixtures with metal armatures made by a Minneapolis company, and the shades which were mouth blown by an artist in California. Heide adds, “We created a special finish for the red birch cabinetry, combining amber and garnet shellac.”
Return to 2015-16 Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest story, “Winning Designs Boast Global Appeal.”