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FEB 2019

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TEXTURAL IMPERFECTIONS Cruickshank also used wood as a textural element, as well as the focal point, in a recent kitchen where the primary design element is the unique cabinetry featuring fluted faces crafted from white oak and finished in a white-washed stain that cele- brates the wood's character and imperfections. "They set up a pattern, rhythm and shadow lines," he says, noting that they also offer a sense of material, which is an important consideration when he makes selections for a proj- ect. "The doors do have texture, which can be a good way to accentuate the sense of a particular material…for instance, the knots in the white oak. These cabinets could have been done in a clearer grade of wood, or finished in a color rather than a white-washed stain, but you wouldn't have a sense of the material. Because you can 'read' the knot and can touch the knot, you can feel its texture. Psychologically, the knot conveys a knowledge we have of wood. We know what to expect and I think it creates more of a connection with the cabinets." The textural tour continues with the deep, rich, hand- scraped oak floor, which highlights irregular tool marks. "Hand scraping emphasizes the character of the material and defines each floor board, creating a greater appreciation of it," he says. Cruickshank contrasted the textured woods with cool, white marble countertops, which are honed. "No gloss allows [for] a better appreciation of the material… there is no shininess to reflect light or serve as a distraction," he adds. "I guess it's my approach to not necessarily design with the intent to create a textural experience, but rather to design and select materials and finishes that take advantage of their inherent textural qualities." TEXTURAL ABUNDANCE When a space is large enough, texture can shine in a number of places, without overloading it, as illustrated in a recent kitchen project completed by Curtis, where a stone wall is just the beginning of the textural experience. Brad Cruickshank used wood as a textural element and focal point via fluted white oak cabinets faces. They also offer a sense of material since they are finished in a white-washed stain that celebrates the wood's character and imperfections. Cruickshank complemented the cabinetry with the hand-scraped oak floor, which highlights irregular tool marks, and then contrasted it with honed white marble. Photos: Gregg Willett 72 Kitchen & Bath Design News • February 2019 DESIGN IDEAS

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