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With upper cabinets limited to a single end wall, the kitchen opens to light and views along its two outside walls.

Appleton Living Kitchen by Minarc, Venice, Calif.

Appleton Living Kitchen by Minarc, Venice, Calif.

  • With upper cabinets limited to a single end wall, the kitchen opens to light and views along its two outside walls.

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    With upper cabinets limited to a single end wall, the kitchen opens to light and views along its two outside walls.

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    With upper cabinets limited to a single end wall, the kitchen opens to light and views along its two outside walls.

  • Two long counters serve as the rooms work surfaces. The steel stair casts a shadow of smooth stones.

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    Two long counters serve as the room’s work surfaces. The steel stair casts a “shadow” of smooth stones.

  • The stair nearly disappears in profile.

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    The stair nearly disappears in profile.

  • A wall of sliding glass doors opens the kitchen to a covered veranda.

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    A wall of sliding glass doors opens the kitchen to a covered veranda.

appleton living, venice, calif.
minarc
santa monica, calif.

Filling a long, narrow wing, this kitchen uses its low center of gravity to maximize openness and natural light. Two 16-foot-long islands—one topped with ceramic tile, the other wrapped in a stone composite—make up the room’s working surfaces, leaving above-counter sight lines open through the building. A folded steel staircase nearly disappears in profile against a bank of windows at the north wall. To the south, a wall of sliding glass doors opens the room onto a sheltered poolside veranda. The jury praised the kitchen’s function as a “circulation hinge space.” Said one judge, “It’s the living space and center of the house.”

 

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project credits

principals in charge/interior designers: Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir, Assoc. AIA, and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, Assoc. AIA, Minarc; general contractor: Core Construction, Apple Valley, Calif.; project size: 449 square feet (kitchen); construction cost: $300 per square foot; photography: Art Gray.


product details

cooktop: Viking, www.vikingrange.com; countertops: Caesarstone, www.caesarstone.com, Heath Ceramics, www.heathceramics.com; dishwasher and refrigerator: Miele, www.miele.com; fittings: Franke, www.franke.com, KWC, www.kwcamerica.com; fixtures: Wetstyle, www.wetstyle.ca; oven: Bosch, www.bosch-home.com