Our featured project this month is the creation of retired architect, Federico Sam.
When remodeling his 1950’s ranch style home in Point Loma, Federico decided to make a serious style statement, reflecting his love for Asian décor, simplicity and contemporary furnishings.
In selecting custom cabinetry throughout the home, Sam chose two very exotic woods: lacewood and wenge. As you enter the kitchen from the family room of this open floor plan, you see a small bookshelf, which is actually the end of the kitchen island. Serving as a transitional piece between the two rooms, we carved the bookshelf and crown molding on the overhead beam in lacewood with wenge trim. This dramatic entry whets the appetite for the striking contrast in woods you see as you enter the kitchen.
The cabinets are crafted from Australian lacewood, mostly known for its fascinating appearance. This orange/brown colored wood has a distinct fish scale-like pattern which adds interest to the clean lines of this kitchen. The cabinets and crown moldings are trimmed in wenge, which comes form Zaire and other small countries in West Africa. Wenge is dark brown, with fine pencil-thin, light tan lines interspersed with blackish brown stripes. The surface appears as if it has been stroked by the line claws of some wild jungle animal!
Federico wanted the design to match the openness of the home and offer a barrier free view of the pool and tropical outdoor oasis. Standing at the island, with a bottle of cabernet within easy reach from the sub zero wine refrigerator, you get a glimpse of this lovely vista. One is immediately transferred to a peaceful Zen-like state of mind.
Turning to the actual working kitchen, you will find a trough sink and other stainless appliances. You can see how the lacewood cabinets add warmth to these polished finishes. In turn, the pendant and ceiling lights, and glass cabinetry doors add brightness to the kitchen. White countertops of engineered stone create clean, pure planes. The repetition of simple shapes, lines, and exquisite materials provide a serene, natural and harmonious space to start and end the day.