Sub-Zero and Wolf's 2010-2012 Kitchen Design Contest.
Re-purposed furniture and design choices that maximize space help give two creative professionals a unique, sophisticated kitchen. Two successful hairdressers needed their kitchen to be conscious of their budget, but at the same time creative and dramatic. As frequent home entertainers who are very involved in their community and charities, the space needed to be peaceful and welcoming as well as functional. Kitchen designer Joan DesCombes extended stone flooring used outside and throughout the first floor into the centrally-located kitchen to create cohesion and make the space feel more expansive. A simple palette of gray laminate and maple accented with pendant and cable lights, sleek Wolf 36-inch gas cooktop and integrated Sub-Zero that blends with walls and pantry cabinetry, also makes the space feel larger and more inviting. Two islands, one for kitchen work, one for seating near the bar and living room, create good traffic flow. Lots of drawers add storage and by eliminating upper cabinets, also opens the space visually. The creative vibe was dialed up with repurposed concrete countertop and a wooden display piece from DesCombes' showroom she divided into two pieces, using the upper as wall shelves and the bottom as the base for the guest island. Raw wood beams contrast with the corrugated metal roof, and hairdresser's mannequin heads and a bonsai tree are the perfect finishing details.