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AUG 2018

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the cabinet wall by repeating the grain-matched walnut on the seating side as well as on the sink side of the island. Because of its fairly traditional shape, Baumgart easily incorporated functional aspects into the island. "It offers a very dramatic look, but it can also be very functional," he explains, noting the inclusion of in-kitchen seating, a dishwasher, sink, trash pullout and custom drawers, including drawers within drawers to maintain a two-drawer visual per his clients' request. "This remodel gave us a great opportunity to utilize our custom skills, and was a great opportunity to have some fun with design," he says. aluminum doors, designed with an Asian influence, grace the nearby pantry. Trimming them in walnut and repeat- ing the Treefrog veneer in open cabinets above ties the pantry to the island. BRIGHT SHOWSTOPPER Karl Baumgart's clients were looking for something special for their townhome remodel, and the end result showcases several distinctive elements, including the expansive wall of sleek, grain-matched walnut cabinetry that extends the length of their kitchen, encompassing the fully integrated refrigera- tor on one end. To further accentuate the wall, Baumgart cre- ated a backsplash above and below the cabinets comprised of strips of black walnut – stained to match the cabinets – that are laid horizontally between light-colored porcelain tiles. Baumgart combined these elements with the illuminated is- land that stands front and center, ultimately stealing the show. "The island could have been the focal point without the lights," says the co-owner/designer of An Original, in Scottsdale, AZ, who worked in collaboration with Adrian Arnlund of Arnlund Design. "But with the lights…now it really pops." Cristallo quartzite, with its light color and relatively tonal veining, provides enough transparency for LED lights integrat- ed into panels of Evo-Lite LumiSheet to shine through. "The lights are integrated so they are very consistent for this application," he says. "We've also used them in other ap- plications where we have run the panels around an integrated sink so the sink is lit." Adding a waterfall edge to the island further enhances the aesthetics, as does the 3" mitered edge. Baumgart tied it into The illumi- nated island steals the show in this kitchen designed by Karl Baumgart in collaboration with Adrian Arn- lund. The Cristallo quartzite provides enough transpar- ency for LED lights to shine through, while the waterfall and mitered edges further the island's visual appeal. Photos: SpartaPhoto – Alex Rentzis August 2018 • 85

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