|Photo by Jeremy Mason McGraw, courtesy of Pinterest and 417homemag.com|
|Photo by Jeremy Mason McGraw, |
courtesy of Pinterest and 417homemag.com
For all its flair, this kitchen roughs it a bit for balance. The chandeliers hang from a structure of hand-hewn ceiling beams reminiscent of colonial New England architecture. This primitive spirit also comes out in the rugged fieldstone wall and segmental brick arch that frames the stainless steel Wolf range in a "fireplace hearth" context. The Italian-inspired tumbled-tile backsplash unifies the artful with the craftsmanlike in a way that complements the chef's creations.
But Wright's Usonian vision of interspatial flow is not foregone here. Living, dining and food-prep areas are wholly contiguous. This arrangement turns the dining room into "spillover" space from the bar for large dinner parties. It also enables ready retirement before the Venetian-finished fireplace after supper. Umber-glazed autumn- gold walls unify all spaces into one big happy eat-drink-and-be-merry experience, proving Wright right on walls as barriers to full living but wrong on kitchens as mere machines for living.
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