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AUG 2019

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JUXTAPOSING 'WARM' AND 'COLD' Boasting a modern, contemporary vibe with sleek white and charcoal gray cabinetry, Phil Kean, AIA/ASID, Phil Kean Design Group, in Winter Park, FL, warmed up the kitchen seen above by incorporating a reclaimed American walnut 'table' crafted by Alabama artist Robin Wade into the island. "This is a very modern house," says Kean. "Bringing in the wood warms up the kitchen." Boasting distinctive, organic imperfections that add to its authenticity, the designer maintained the wood's live edges that cascade into a waterfall to further highlight its natural character. Kean purposefully positioned the wood inset at table height to make it more inviting for family and guests to gather while interacting with the cook. "There are already a couple of bars in the house where guests can pull up a stool," he says. "Designing this island with seating at table height keeps the kitchen cozy." To complete the island, Kean juxtaposed the natural wood against Caesarstone's Raven quartz, which he designed with waterfall edges to match the table. Its dark colorway was cho- sen, in part, to blend with the induction cooktop. "The cooktop almost disappears into the countertop," he says, noting that its only 'give away' is its shinier surface. "We also thought this material selection would be a great way to have a contemporary, flawless look while allowing us to have a cooktop in the middle of the room. Visitors always seem to love the island with its composition of colors and live edge inset. It's a nice surprise for the space." ▪ building a new addition that offers a more contemporary vibe that highlights her clients' personality. "Our clients are avid sailors and they loved the idea of a bright, light-filled space with thoughtful touches that remind- ed them of their summer home in Nantucket," she says, not- ing a collaboration with I-Kanda Architects and Brite Builders. Given complete creative freedom, Gray grounded the kitch- en with two focal-point islands. "With this kitchen's palette being more muted, we knew we needed a focal point to create interest," she explains, adding that the Knotty Bubbles pendant lights from Lindsay Edelman further emphasize the islands' prominence and add another layer of interest with their unique shape and mix of materials. Two smaller islands, rather than one large island, also better serve the family, given the kitchen's expansive footprint. "One challenge with this kitchen was its sheer size," she says. "We didn't want the island to be too large and block all access to the kitchen from the dining room. By splitting it into two, we created zones…one side for sitting and interacting with whomever is cooking, and another side that serves as a work- station adjacent to the refrigerator and sink." Gray also designed the islands with a seamless transition from the floor. "They were meant to feel as if they just grew out of the floor," she says. The faceted angles were intentional as well, she notes. "The shape of the islands was influenced by other shapes in the home. Nothing is separate. Spaces flow into each other, but offer the added interest of the angles." Boasting a modern, contemporary vibe with sleek white and charcoal gray cabinetry, this kitchen, designed by Phil Kean, was warmed up by incorporating a reclaimed American walnut 'table' into the island. The designer maintained the wood's live edges that cascade into a waterfall, and juxtaposed the natural wood against dark quartz, which blends with the induction cooktop. Photo: Uneek Image August 2019 • 81 PORTFOLIO

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