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AUG 2019

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however, that obstacles like these challenge us as designers to reach a little further for creativity and problem-solving. Often, it results in a better design in the end. Now this island offers a friendly gathering spot where someone can drink a glass of wine or compose an e-mail, while still interacting with others in the kitchen and family room." In regards to its focal-point status, the designer explains that it's important to incorporate a variety of elements, including those that take center stage and those that fulfill a supporting role. "When everything has a similar emphasis, your eye doesn't know where to rest," she says. "Focal points, such as an island, give a calmness and serenity to the space because they give your eye a place to stop." SEEING DOUBLE A simple facelift of finishes progressed into a full gutting of the kitchen seen below, giving Misty Gray, owner/principal designer, Grayscale Design, in Boston, MA, the opportunity to move away from the home's traditional Victorian bones by To create the one-of-a-kind island top, the designer hand-selected each board, then stabilized the slab-to-slab joints with iron butterflies to hold the wood in position and prevent it from twisting or warping. "They were from one of the supplier's most-prized bun- dles," she says, adding that the inclusion of voids and holes give the slabs added character. "He had the wood for many years and now it has a home." The top's distinctive notched shape was created in re- sponse to the discovery of drain pipes that run from the park- ing garage to the roof, through the room. "We removed several walls to create an open plan with strong linear and angular lines," she says. "During demolition we discov- ered the pipes. They weren't on the condo plan, and they couldn't be removed, so we had to find a way to work around them." As such, the designer opted to clad the pipes with marble, giving them statement-making power. "They were quite a challenge and we had to redesign the island to incorporate those elements," she says. "I do find, To create the one-of-a-kind island top, designer Kim Collins hand-selected each board, then stabilized the slab-to-slab joints with iron butterflies to hold the wood in position and prevent it from twisting or warping. The top's distinctive notched shape was created in response to the discovery of drain pipes that run from the parking garage to the roof, through the room. Given complete creative freedom, Misty Gray ground- ed this kitchen with two focal-point islands, which provide a contem- porary vibe. Their faceted angles were influenced by other shapes in the home and their clean base offers a seamless transition from the floor. Photos: Lori Hamilton Photography Photo: Matt Delphenich Photography 80 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2019

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