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AUG 2018

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THE PERFECT BALANCE Many of the kitchens Frank B. Pirrello works in have very small footprints, which can hamper his ability to create stun- ning design elements that command a more sizable space. "People in this area typically have big houses with small kitchens, so I usually have very tight parameters to work in," says the designer/owner, Focal Pointe Design, in Detroit, MI. "When I can, I try to push the limits by moving walls." Such was the case with this transformation, where an addition presented an opportunity for the designer to move the breakfast nook into the new space, giving him extra square footage for the kitchen. "Incorporating an island of this size, and shape, isn't always an option," he indicates. "I usually just don't have the space." Another bonus was creative latitude from his clients, which gave Pirrello the ability to create the focal-point island that balances heft and airiness. "We needed an island that was bulky enough to be able to compete with other elements in the kitchen," he says. "In par- ticular, we have several exposed I-beams and support columns from the addition, so we needed something that would ground the space." To accomplish that goal, Pirrello gave the island substan- tial legs sheathed with a combination of Treefrog veneer and walnut, accented with stainless steel feet. Walnut was repeated on the seating side of the island as well as in the open shelf, which gives his client a place to display cookbooks or other special items. Giving the island a floating appearance by providing space beneath it 'lightens' up the island, preventing a potentially 'heavy' element from becoming too overpowering. "It creates the illusion of space…allowing the eye to travel beneath, around and through it," he states, noting that its de- sign style is mimicked on the adjacent floating peninsula. Pirrello covered the island, as well as the perimeter base cabinets, with Cambria's Parys quartz, which offers a durable work surface and enhances the island's functionality. "It isn't always about beauty…there has to be a balance," he says, noting the addition of a prep sink and microwave, along with in-kitchen seating. Above the island, Pirrello added a custom light, which doubles as an architectural element. A pair of custom cast An addition gave Frank Pirrello the opportunity to create a sizable focal-point island with a unique, triangular shape in this kitchen remodel. It offers the perfect balance between heft and airi- ness given its substantial legs and 'floating' appearance. He tied the island to several other elements within the space via the Treefrog veneer and walnut, including the 'floating' peninsula and pantry. Photos: Larry Peplin; Peplin Photographic 84 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2018 ISLAND PORTFOLIO

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