RJF Kitchen

Material

Cabinetry: Solid maple door with mortise and tenon joints; 5% taper on base cabinets
Countertop:
Poured concrete with stainless steel drain inlay
Table: 
Recycled pine planks found in my father’s well house (possibly from an old barn); 4” steel center column
Footrest:
Laminated mahogany with steel support brackets
Knee Wall:
Steel (raw finished) with glass block
Catch scratching post:
4” x 6” rough oak (slowly being clawed away as intended)

In service: 2003

First obstacle of the kitchen was the layout.  This was caused by the fact that there were only two usable walls to house cabinetry and appliances. RMKF requested no traditional cabinets above a countertop, so I built the “wall” of cabinets on the interior wall, leaving the exterior free for windows, countertop and appliances.

Once the wall space was used up, the only place left that could accommodate the desired counter space and seating area was an island.  Luckily, there was plenty of room for a large island.  But in there lies the problem, how to design an island that large without making it seem that large.  I employed three tricks to accomplish this. 

First, I tapered the lower cabinets about 5 degrees in towards the base.  This both lightened the overall feel and removed any heavy square lines.  Next, I curved the edges of the concrete counters which enhanced the tapered cabinets.  Lastly, I built a round elevated seating area.  These three elements leave you staring at curves, circles and triangles, not the large and heavy square sitting in the middle of the room.  Of course, I see what I want to see.