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Designed for a professional chef, this dramatic kitchen features an ergonomic layout and an open view of its environment


Creating a kitchen for the needs of a professional chef requires an eye for ergonomic detail. But consideration for the whole family means the design needs to go beyond positioning the utilities to achieving a pleasing décor and a floorplan that fits the way people will live in the space.

The design of this kitchen was threefold – openness, efficiency and drama all work together to create a light and welcomingenvironment, says Joan DesCombes, CKD, of Architectural Artworks.

"One of the owners is a chef, so his needs formed a major aspect of the design," she says. "Professional chefs like everything in easy reach, and we designed the space to meet that objective."

A large double island creates an efficient workstation, with everything on the cooking and preparation side stored within easy reach. The central butcher's block affords a convenient cutting and prep surface with some pots and pans stored in the curved drawers beneath. Utensils and spices are in drawers on either side of the cooktop. There is also a prep sink with dishwasher on this side of the island, and a pull-out pantry and refrigerator close at hand.

Another chef's priority is ample storage, and demi-tall cabinets on the other side of the island help provide this.


Together with addressing these concerns, DesCombes opened up the space to afford views of the pool and lake on one side and the fish pond on the other.

"The refit removed walls that had closed in the space, with one running between the kitchen and dining room being replaced with low buffet cabinetry," she says. "Removing the walls created a more effective environment for cooking, entertaining and taking in the scenery."

While one owner required a practical chef's workspace, the other wanted drama and a sense of invitation to the space.

"The custom cherry finish adds warmth, inviting everyone to gather in the kitchen," DesCombes says. "Black granite on the countertops and a black powdercoated hood over the cooker provide a striking contrast to the red-toned wood. A black granite border surrounding the cabinetry accents the overall design and provides contrast with the cherry floor."

First published date: 24 August 2003

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Kitchen designer Joan DesCombes CKD, Architectural Artworks (Winter Park, Florida)
Interior designers Architectural Artworks and Anne Burst
Main contractor McCree and Architectural Artworks
Cabinets Custom-stained cherry wood from SieMatic Corporation
Countertops Granite in Absolute Black
Flooring Brazilian cherry wood and black granite
Backsplash Granite in Absolute Black
Sink Kohler
Faucets Grohe Europlus in Black; Dornbracht Platinum Matte
Hot water system Franke Little Butler
Oven Thermador
Cooktop DCS
Ventilation Custom-designed by Architectural Artworks, manufactured by Independent Hood
Microwave General Electric
Refrigerator Sub-Zero
Dishwasher Miele
Waste unit KitchenAid