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Dramatic Transitional Kitchen by Elina Katsioula-Beall

2011 NKBA Design Competition - Medium Kitchens: Third Place

The designer's challenge was to create a contemporary kitchen with Asian emphasis. Appropriate homage was paid to ancient Feng-Shui principles, and attention given to the client's favored cherry blossom theme. The double octagonal ceiling above an octagonal island serves not only as a good Feng-Shui energy but also as a multi-sided work spaced for food preparation. The surrounding red-stained maple cabinetry offers vast organizational and storage solutions, including a lattice-door china hutch near the table holding glasses and dishes for everyday use. The cooking area is framed by black granite columns, and boasts a mosaic of a cherry blossomed branch against a rising sun. This composition resting on granite conveys balance, and the antique shoji screens beside it anchor the prep area. Stainless hardware, fixtures and appliances create a balanced look between contemporary style and a more traditional Asian approach. As central focal point on the baking and oven wall, the Chinese symbol of prosperity carved in wood, stands as a sign of good fortune in this home.

Photo By: Suki Medencevic
Elina Katsioula-Beall
DeWitt Designer Kitchens
532 South Lake Ave.
Pasadena CA 91101
phone (626) 792-8833
fax (626) 792-8198
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