Dissecting the Design: Urban Connoisseur – The Cabinet Schedule

For the past several weeks, I have been too busy with design work to have time to keep up with writing for the blog. Last month, I even made a trip to Chicago to work on a couple of projects with past clients. All the while, the blog has been nagging at me but duty called. My clients come first!

Today, I have a few moments to come up for air so I am seizing an opportunity to start the next in the ‘Dissecting the Design’ series. In the spirit of working in downtown Chicago, I decided to focus on this beautiful contemporary and urban design.

What makes this design urban? Clean lines and modern finishes. This isn’t your Grandma’s kitchen! The use of stainless steel, frosted glass, dark cherry and ebony woods, glass tile and a host of very squared-off furnishings make this space scream modern and livable.

While there are elements of symmetry, balance is also created asymmetrically. An excellent example of asymmetrical balance is the placement of the hood balancing with the open wet bar space at the opposing end of the cabinet run.

One of the keys to making this design work is the choice of cabinetry. It had to be clean and flat with no details that would make it look busy. So as to avoid the risk of the large doors and drawers warping, this called for a veneered or laminated door. In this photo, the following veneered cabinetry styles were used:

Room Cabinet Line Door Style Wood Finish
Kitchen Perimeter Wood-Mode 84 by Wood-Mode Vanguard Plus Cherry Black Forest
Kitchen Island Wood-Mode 84 by Wood-Mode Vanguard Plus Macassar  Ebony Natural
Kitchen Bench Wood-Mode 84 by Wood-Mode Vanguard MDF MDF Black
Media Wall Wood-Mode 84 by Wood-Mode Vanguard Plus Cherry Black Forest

Veneered finishes are made from real wood so they are a bit of a premium. A more cost-effective way to go is to use a plastic laminate. If I had to do this design on a bit more of a shoe string, I might use these selections:

Room Cabinet Line Door Style Wood Finish
Kitchen Perimeter Brookhaven by Wood-Mode Vista Plastic Wenge laminate
Kitchen Island Brookhaven by Wood-Mode Vista Plastic Ebony laminate
Kitchen Bench Brookhaven by Wood-Mode Vista Plastic Black laminate
Media Wall Brookhaven by Wood-Mode Vista Plastic Wenge laminate

 

Regardless of the price point, the key to the urban design is clean lines and modern finishes. Less is more. It takes a good bit of thought to make the selections that make it look like it is all so simple and yet so elegant.

Stay tuned for the next installment in this series. We will take a look at the lighting and plumbing fixtures used in this design.

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I am Theresa - the 'T' in CatTail Studio Arts. My husband, Chuck, is the guy behind the 'C'. Our tales cover our many interests including good food, adventurous travel, cooking, gardening, hiking, cycling, crafting ceramics, beekeeping and occasionally even cat tales!
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One Response to Dissecting the Design: Urban Connoisseur – The Cabinet Schedule

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