K+B Studio: Kitchen
Adams relied on his fusion philosophy to generate a sophisticated yet comfortable space in this Los Angeles kitchen. Masterfully mixing a variety of materials, Adams was able to produce a room that merged European sleekness with natural elements common in Asian design. “We knew we wanted cork floor, so we started picking materials that would fit into the palette of the cork,” he says.
Adams chose a dark wenge for the island and contrasted it with corrugated cherry wall cabinets. A floating sink cabinet of Makassar ebony, with its distinctive striping, unites the dark and light woods. To help this amalgam of woods work together, enameled and raw lavastone are woven together for the island countertop.
To ensure that the beautiful casework would be the focus of the exposed kitchen, Adams camouflaged as many appliances as possible. He elevated the dishwasher, used undercounter refrigerator drawers, and hid the microwave, oven, cappuccino maker, and more inside stainless appliance garages. To counter the minimalism, he incorporated an Asian technique of bringing the outdoors in. “We oriented the kitchen so you're experiencing the nature beyond,” he says.