seneca, mclean, virginia

East Meets West.

"Return clients, Young and Kevin, were increasingly frustrated with their traditional McLean kitchen. Kevin did not like the fact that, as in most American kitchens, the cooktop and sink were placed on opposite walls, resulting in poor ergonomics and inefficient storage.

"After remodeling and personalizing most of their residence, Kevin felt that their kitchen was no longer in sync with the rest of their home. Keeping existing appliances, the kitchen layout was changed to a more European-style arrangement with the cooktop and sink fairly close, providing easy maneuverability between them. The sink was complemented with the Dornbracht Lot combination to further the new character of the space, transforming food preparation and cleanup into almost effortless tasks. As for the finishes and wall cabinet layout, inspiration came from the colors and shapes of Young’s native Korea. The texture of St. Mark’s limestone reminded her of her childhood home, while the contrast of dark wood and “corda” matte lacquer was reminiscent of family antique scriptures she treasured." --Vincent Sagart