Kitchen & Bath Design News

AUG 2018

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"These clients asked us to get creative with the design and ma- terials, indicating they wanted something other than normal and square." To fulfill their request, Burmeister gave the smaller, arched island close proximity to essential, professional-level appli- ances – including the refrigerator, cooktop, oven and built-in coffee maker – and equipped it with a sink. Its curved form echoes the illuminated soffit above. The designer topped the custom, dark oak Melinga Marc Christian Fine Cabinetry cabinets with Cambria's Bellingham quartz, giving it a bullnose edge profile to sup- port the free-formed feel of the space. Its outward facade is sheathed in shimmering crystal and polished nickel mosaic tile set in a vertical pattern to seamlessly follow the radius of the island. "The finish on the tile ties in with the commercial appli- ances," notes Burmeister. The perimeter island is packed with function – including two commercial dishwashers, the main sink and plenty of seating and countertop space – and is finished with a 1.5"-thick raised ThinkGlass top, which complements the colorful, cus- tom, full-height ThinkGlass backsplash behind the range. The glass countertop's wavy texture flows throughout the length of the island while its relative transparency provides glimps- es of the Cambria Minera quartz countertop below. Custom oversized stainless steel standoffs – some of which include electrical outlets to power the island – support the heft of the glass and give it a free-floating effect. "The glass was a challenge to work with because of all the radiuses," he says. "They needed to be coordinated with the correct overhang for the stools…all while staying within the engineering parameters of the glass so it doesn't break." Burmeister anchored each end of the glass with raised columns that he topped with Minera quartz. "I like to design in levels," he explains. "The three levels in the island balance with the multiple levels in the ceiling, which create architectural interest for the space." The designer finished the island by repeating the crystal and polished nickel mosaic tile, framing it with dark oak trim that matches the cabinets. 'AGED' TO PERFECTION Southwest design style might not be what one initially thinks of in the Pacific Northwest, but that's one of many reasons Clint Noyes loved designing this client's kitchen. "It was an opportunity to stretch ourselves beyond our norm and design in a style we hadn't done before," says the owner/CKD, KC Fine Cabinetry, in Bothell, WA. Noyes also appreciated his client's artistic talents, which contributed greatly to the success of the project. This kitchen by Bob Burmeister includes two islands. The smaller, kidney-shaped one echoes the illuminated soffit above, and features a quartz top with crystal and polished nickel mosaic tile. The designer repeated the tile on the outer façade of the larger island, which defines the kitchen's perimeter. Its raised glass countertop pro- vides glimpses to the quartz below while 'floating' above the main level via stainless steel standoffs. Photos: Anne Matheis August 2018 • 81 ISLAND PORTFOLIO

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