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AUG 2018

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home's 13,500-sq.-ft. floor plan. "The island needed to be mas- sive…to make a statement that matched the scale of the home." Another design goal was to preserve the view as seen through the series of windows and doors that comprise mul- tiple walls. "This is a spec home for a developer who wanted the island to be as special and impactful as possible while also being as unobtrusive as possible with respect to the field of vision," he says. "There is a lot of open glass, and he wanted to be sure to maintain the view." Because of the vastness of the glass, there are no upper cabinets, which meant functionality of the island was all the more critical, Olesinski indicates. "Part of the reason for the island's size was to ensure adequate storage," he continues. "It is two sided, with cabinets and storage on both sides." One of the challenges of designing such a large space is to keep it intimate, he notes. As such, Olesinski incorporated the walnut table, which includes a waterfall edge that matches the profile of the island. "When you have rooms of this scale, creating a sense of intimacy and closeness is critical," he points out. "That's why this table is so important. It acts as a breakfast table, but it also helps to break up the length of the island so it isn't just a huge piece of stone. It also acts as a boundary of the kitchen. The wood turns the corner and is perpendicular to the direction of the island, thereby ending the kitchen." a span of equal-sized doors spread across the length of the island on one side. "This side of the island is a bit more formal and is the side you see when you enter the kitchen," he explains. "Keeping the doors all the same size gives it a clean look." On the opposite side, Noyes gave his clients plenty of drawer storage as well as a set of open roll-out shelves beneath the cooktop. "My clients love to cook and they have a lot of unique pots and pans. Since the shelves pull out, they don't have to hunt for the one they want. All of them are easily accessible." To complement the island, Noyes included knotty alder cabinets throughout the rest of the kitchen. Their rough-sawn finish resembles timbers and ties in with the cedar beams in the ceiling. ISLAND OF SCALE For Daryl Olesinski, many of the kitchens he designs are what he terms 'entertainment' style kitchens, where everyone comes together and socializes. "Kitchens have become the center of the social activity," says the co-owner of O+L Building Projects, in Los Angeles, CA. And, at the center of the kitchen is the island, he notes. "The island acts as the anchor," he says. "And it's interesting that almost every kitchen we do has an island. They are an ab- solute necessity. In fact, some people don't feel like they have a real kitchen unless there is an island." Those ideas were certainly part of the design of this kitch- en, where Olesinski included an expansive 4'x16' island topped with Carrara marble that spills over white lacquered cabinetry with smooth panel doors and drawers. "Its size is relative to the space," he explains, citing the kitchen and dining room's 1,700-sq.-ft. footprint within the Islands are often the central focus in the entertainment-style kitchens that Daryl Olesinski designs for his clients. In this kitchen, the island's massive size makes a statement while being on par with the home's scale. Carrara marble spills over its edges, wrap- ping white lacquered cabinetry that provides plenty of much- needed storage given the kitchen's lack of upper cabinets. Olesinski attached a walnut extension that serves as a breakfast table and also helps to break up the length of the island while creating a sense of intimacy. Photos: Todd Goodman, LA Light Photography August 2018 • 83

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