home & design: kitchens with style 2013

5 Amazing Kitchens: A crop of innovative designs imparts form, function and style

By Julie Sanders
Home & Design, Winter 2013

An airy open design plan imbues a modern kitchen with a crisp, European look

The owners of a ranch-style family house on a wooded Bethesda lot had just become empty nesters. With the idea of staying in the house long-term, they decided to integrate the kitchen with the living and dining rooms in one big open plan. They turned to Vincent Sagart of Poliform | sagartstudio for help with the renovation.

Their first move was to eliminate the interior wall that separated the kitchen from the other rooms. The resulting space offers both southeast and northwest exposures, providing, as Sagart describes it, “wonderful light all the time.”

The couple wanted a clean, contemporary look that would complement their Mid-Century Modern house. They also wanted the kitchen to be functional and easy to maintain. Sagart juxtaposed cabinetry by Poliform Varenna in a deep-grained spessart oak veneer with crisp, white Silestone countertops. “I wanted to work with a simplified selection of materials – wood, stone and steel,“ he says.

He created several work areas, including a double island with a bar of spessart oak that floats above its Silestone-clad counterpart. The other island holds the Wolf cooktop, while peripheral cabinetry houses Miele dishwashers, Wolf convection ovens and a Sub-zero refrigerator and freezer drawers.

In the corner by the bank of windows, a banquette and a steel table create a comfortable breakfast nook that takes advantage of the wooded views.

The Stilestone backsplash is bisected by an open shelf made of oak. “The shelf allows things to be reachable without cluttering the counter top,” explains Sagart. Brown-hued roller shades further unify the space.

RENOVATION & KITCHEN DESIGN: Vincent Sagart, Poliform | sagartstudio, Washington, DC.

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From the kitchen, the living and dining areas open out, revealing expansive views of the wooded property (top). There are two islands in the kitchen (right): One offers a raised bar for dining on custom stools in stainless steel and oak; the other includes a cooktop with a custom hood above it.

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Tucked into a corner by the windows, a banquette and steel table (above and below) create a breakfast nook. Walls are lined with cabinetry and an appliance garage behind metal tambour doors keeps countertop clutter at bay. A concealed walk-in pantry beyond the tambour creates handy options for storage near the prep/cleanup area.