Friday, May 15, 2015

Giving Life to Kitchen Design

We can honestly say that nothing gets us creatively engaged at Purekitchen like a challenge. So when asked by Boston-based Newton Kitchens and Design to help create a kitchen that was all at once fun, functional, and ecologically friendly, we were obviously excited.

Teaming up with NKD’s talented designer Pierre Matta proved to be a rewarding experience. His interest in the use of green products, coupled with his high level of professionalism and creativity, assured a productive partnership and a great outcome. After assessing the client’s needs and goals, Pierre settled on a bold design that expertly took advantage of the home’s existing palette.

Pierre’s choice to pair bamboo and painted white slab doors for the cabinetry complements the clean and modern look of the kitchen. Upon further thought it occurred to us that the use of natural materials like bamboo does something far more significant than simply enhancing a kitchen design – it gives it life.

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Family House in Fulham

We recommend taking a good, hard look at this recently renovated 3000sf home in Fulham, UK. Designed and managed by the owner, Daniel Lee, the renovation of the 19th century structure landed on that sweet spot between simple and cozy. Note the sprawling kitchen, custom steel and glass walls, and handmade brass show fixture. See more at Remodelista.

Photography by Rory Gardiner

Friday, March 27, 2015

Artists' Rendezvous in Kanagawa

There's not much that can go wrong when you combine the character of turn-of-the-century brick with contemporary Japanese design language. This certainly is the case for this renovation from architecture firm, No. 555 . The project was conceived as an occasional work space for two transplanted design sisters, one from Hong Kong and one from LA, built from the ruins of the servants' quarters of their childhood home. Gently modernized spaces with thoughtful accents make for a satisfyingly warm final product. Find the original article at Remodelista. Photography by Koichi Torimura

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Bunkie Company

The result of a collaboration between design firms BLDG Workshop and 608 Design, The Bunkie Company now produces four different models of pre-fab flexible-use buildings. Each has a 106sf footprint, therefore not requiring a building permit, and range in cost from just shy of $21,900 to $29,900. All those details aside, the satisfying use of natural wood and the abundance of glass, make the structure stand out from the pre-fab pack. Find out more at The Bunkie Company and read Design Milk's article here.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Balance Found in LA

Self-renovated by the Japan-born owners - fashion designers Momo Suzuki and Alexander Yamaguchi - this LA bungalow nestles neatly somewhere between Japanese and Scandinavian influences. Alexander also brings with him a special fondness for eBay-sourced mid-century furniture. The couple approached the project with a light touch, using the existing features to their fullest potential. Existing kitchen wall cabinets were raised to create the feel of more space, original oak floors were simply refinished, and windows outfitted with brass hardware. And the surgically styled collection of furniture and ceramics doesn't hurt either. For more, visit Remodelista.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Reimagining the Portuguese Farmhouse

Sara Antunes and Mário Ferreira of Lisbon's SAMF designed the Casa dos Caseiros, a caretakers residence in a vineyard region of Portugal. The design draws strongly from traditional farmhouse vernacular, but definitely pulls and stretches at our expectations. Iconic forms of white and tera cotta are emboldened by large swaths of blue woodwork, creating a recognizable but compelling space. For more, visit dezeen. Photos by José Campos.