“Insights Into Design” is a new Riggs series on local designers highlighting the process, style, and inspiration that drives impactful design. Each post will feature a local designer and their designs to gain an inside perspective into the work and imagination of their kitchen projects. This edition features the recent 2nd prize winner of the 2015-16 Sub-Zero and Wolf Local Kitchen Design Contest, Dan Phipps of Dan Phipps Architects. 

Congratulations on winning both 2nd Place and the Outdoor Kitchen Prize in our 2015-16 Sub-Zero and Wolf Local Kitchen Design Contest. Let’s start with the 2nd Prize Winning kitchen. What were the homeowners’ top 2-3 design goals?

Our client wanted a great space to hang-out and entertain.  Cooking together with friends and family is a large part of their life.  Therefore it is was essential to accommodate people at multiple kitchen workstations to cook together harmoniously.  Aesthetically they desired a calm peaceful space free from clutter.

What were the challenges and limitations of the space/client/project?

Organizing the function of the kitchen with priority on aesthetics and creating a sense of place that must work day in and day out.  Also, there were challenges to providing light, privacy and connection to rear yard.  The high windows allow restful views of trees and the sky and do not reveal a neighbor’s encroaching house while providing balanced natural light in the kitchen.

As a design professional, what were your top 2-3 design goals?

The kitchen is the heart of the home and we wanted to create the ultimate dream destination in the house: creating a space that would be the soul of the home.

We strove to make connections a priority.   This would be from the literal functions of cooking such as the relationships of appliances to one another as well as the work surfaces to the appliances, to the people in and around the kitchen and the adjacent spaces which includes a wonderful private garden.   Balance was another goal.  The balancing of light, work flow, public and private space, storage, materials and details all are critical to the design process.

To these points, another goal was to create a balanced kitchen that would be open to the interior of the house and rear garden and create a functioning visual composition.  Form following function was very important and in kitchens it is critical.   There are so many tasks and storage needs.   Therefore we needed to create a place for everything so the owners could put everything in its place.

Clear circulation was another critical goal as it needs to be designed to create intuitive movement/flow around the kitchen, along with clear delineation of public and private (cook’s) space.

Why were these specific Sub-Zero and Wolf products chosen and how did they influence your design?

We use Sub-zero and Wolf products because of their form, function and detailing.  They are robust, have excellent storage capacity and aesthetics.  As much as I like saying that the appliances are excellent pieces of equipment, I do not want them to be the feature of the kitchen.  They are excellent tools to help us design better spaces by blending easily into the overall design concept, and thanks to this, they enhance the overall experience.

Any additional information you would like to share about this project? 

There is an adjacent pantry, storage and work area that is equally elegant in design and allows for behind the scenes activities.  Included in this space is a wine refrigerator, freezer, ice maker, sink, dishwasher and storage.

 

Tell us more about the Outdoor Kitchen? What was your focus for this design? 

To blend the kitchen into the garden design and not be visually obtrusive. To do this we used the same subtle palette of colors and materials, concrete and Ipe wood, used elsewhere in the garden therefore it becomes integrated in the overall design.  Using the best appliances for ease of use and durability.

Was the Sub-Zero and Wolf a special part of their kitchen needs? 

We use Sub-zero and Wolf products because of their form, function and detailing.  They are robust, have excellent storage capacity and aesthetics.  As much as I like saying that the appliances are excellent pieces of equipment, I do not want them to be the feature of the kitchen.  They are excellent tools to help us design better spaces by allowing us to have them blend into the overall design concept, and thanks to this, they enhance the overall experience.

 

 

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