Bright color and a sense of quirkiness energize these one-of-a-kind designs.
Designer: Karen Davis of Marker Girl
Location: The Woodlands, Texas
Size: 224 square feet (21 square meters); 14 by 16 feet
Homeowners’ request. Increase function in an existing L-shaped kitchen by adding an island with lots of storage.
Main feature. Vibrant yellow Bertazzoni range. The homeowners asked designer Karen Davis to design the kitchen around it.
Homeowners’ request. “The homeowners own and operate a popular toy and children’s bookstore,” says Armin Zomorodi, cofounder of Material Design Build. “As [they’re] avid hosts, it was crucial that the design provide ample workspace and logical flow for them to cook and clean simultaneously. And they wanted a kitchen to reflect their eclectic tastes and love of color in balance with an open, uncluttered and functional space in contrast to their previous dark and antiquated kitchen. The solution was to build the kitchen as an addition to the home, with quick access to the outside for bringing in supplies and welcoming in guests. The addition is two steps down from the existing house, and the extra ceiling height makes the space feel much larger than its modest footprint. A half wall creates a railing and separation from the original house and cookbook shelf on the kitchen-facing side.”
Main feature. Polished-concrete floor stained to the blue-green color of a copper patina, with a matte sealant.