“Looking Glass” Kitchen

I wanted to share a few photos of a kitchen that’s almost done being installed in the Trousdale Estates section of Beverly Hills. The kitchen is in a very unique mid-century modern home with terrazzo floors. Here is Peter from HSK with two of the installers hard at work.


The large island has a waterfall edge detail on both sides and an overhang at the back for seating. The countertops are “Pure White” Caesarstone. The island features a Wolf microwave drawer, shown below as well as a pull-out trash, sink, paneled dishwasher and drawer storage.


The back wall features lots of wall cabinets and drawer storage. Centered is a Wolf pro style range and stainless steel hood. The backsplash tile is a textured white porcelain from Porcelanosa. The industrial looking pull-down faucet is one of my favorites, the “Tara Ultra” from Dornbracht.


One of the really interesting features of this kitchen is the hidden pantry. The corner of the room has an angled dropped ceiling which broke up the clean lines of the space. We designed a door front assembly and a tall storage cabinet that when installed sideways would hide a small walk-in pantry as well as the obstruction. Below are the false doors to the right of the 48″ built-in series Subzero. When the same decorative hardware as the rest of the kitchen is installed on these doors they will resemble standard tall cabinetry.


This is with the doors open, exposing the integrated storage cabinet on the right and the entry into the walk-in pantry.


I love this photo, which shows the pool in the front of the house and also just how “high gloss” these cabinet really are! They are done in a custom gray by Dunn Edwards called, “looking glass.” We chose that color because it tied in well with the gray fireplace in the adjoining family room and the floors. The name is a bit ironic though since the 90% sheen is so reflective it’s almost like looking at glass.


What do you think of this gray kitchen?


Draper-DBS Display

Snyder Diamond is a company that sells appliances, plumbing fixtures and hardware at three locations around LA. We at Hollywood Sierra Kitchens (HSK) collaborate with them often on orders for our clients and we have displays at two of their locations, Santa Monica and Pasadena. At the Santa Monica location, we have a Subzero/Wolf Living Kitchen display that we designed using our cabinetry line DRAPER-DBS. Two weeks ago our new assistant Christina and I stopped in to see the new Dornbracht horizontal shower (see my post on it here) and while we were there I wanted to give Christina a tour of the kitchen. When we got there we encountered the caterers  – this is a “living display” after all.

The Kitchen has taupe and white painted cabinetry with a walnut island and oven cabinet. The sink wall cabinetry features an apron front sink and a paneled dishwasher to the right. The taupe cabinetry shown below hides two Subzero column refrigeration units with a pull-out pantry and a pull-out trash in the center.  The beautiful pendant fixture over the island is by Jonathan Adler.
IMG_5385Below is Christina modeling the functionality of our ingeniously hidden pair of Subzero 736TCI’s. The hardware placement and the multiple drawer fronts trick the user into thinking the cabinetry is really an armoire. The x-mullion accent doors above with mirror panels inserts add glamor to the piece.


Another unique part of the display is the “hidden” oven cabinet. On the bottom left is the cabinet with the retractable doors closed. On the bottom right is that cabinet with the retractable doors open, exposed an L-series Wolf single oven. Below on the left is a side view, the cabinet looks to be only 12″ deep because it is recessed into the wall. This kitchen design is so special because it features multiple custom furniture-like pieces that house major appliances. The concept of the integration is very modern (especially three+ years ago when it was installed) but this kitchen still has a very traditional “New England” look.


Above right is the countertop detail on the island, the material we used was cinder Caesarstone with espresso Caesarstone for the pinstripe. Only a really great fabricator could pull this look off and we were thrilled with how it turned out. The edge detail is a 2.25″ high beveled edge with a straight apron.

Here are two more of my favorite details from the sink wall cabinetry. The latch hardware in polished nickel is such a crowd-pleaser, it gives a vintage ice chest vibe while being practical for those living in earthquake zones. The cabinetry is frameless and flush inset. The door style is a flat panel door with a stepped molding. The stepped detail is repeated in the under-cabinet and crown molding. The backsplash is from Walker Zanger, it is their “Hollywood Grand field pattern” in calacata. On the right is the wood countertop made of wenge from Qwinique. That edge detail is a 1.5″ high cove edge with a straight apron. Do you like our display? Which detail is your favorite?