appleton living, venice, calif.
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,; countertops: Caesarstone,, Heath Ceramics,; dishwasher and refrigerator: Miele,; fittings: Franke,, KWC,; fixtures: Wetstyle,; oven: Bosch,