Syndicated columnist Katherine Salant has just written a fantastic piece, “Kitchen Design That Evokes and Invites Movement”, in the Saturday issue of the Washington Post:
Last week, I saw the most remarkable kitchen I have ever encountered.
It looked as though a dancer or a sculptor designed it.
On one side of a simple galley arrangement, the cabinets were held in the embrace of a thick, curved, black walnut butcher-block slab that was a study in movement. Rising from the floor, it flattened out at countertop height to become a work surface around the sink area, before curving up. Then, in a serpentine gesture, the slab turned back on itself, flattening out again to support the wall cabinets, before turning up again toward the 12-foot ceiling.
Opposite this study in butcher-block dynamism, a second curved slab rose from the floor, flattened out to be a work surface around a cook top, and then curved back down to the floor, like a dancer doing a backbend. Unlike the sink side with its cabinets, the space below the cook top held an open rack for storing pots and pans, a subtle gesture that made the space in the long and narrow 13-by-40-foot room feel more generous.
The mastermind behind this remarkable display was Johnny Grey, a British kitchen designer with a background in architecture and a refreshingly different approach to domestic spaces.