One stunning way to take the idea of a “warm” kitchen literally.
A sleek gas fireplace – installed into a wall of cabinets – is a unique feature of a brick-walled post-industrial-style Vancouver kitchen. Sometimes referred to as a “hole in the wall” fireplace, this one floats in the wall spreading the warmth of its flickering flames at eye level. True, the fire box occupies prime real estate on this focal wall but it’s such a unique idea the space is well used. There’s ample storage in drawers along the built-in wall, open shelving on for wine and drinks either side of the fireplace and, far to the right near the doorway, a large SubZero wine refrigerator. Kicking a big flat-screen up towards the ceiling definitely makes it second banana but still viewable from everywhere in the kitchen.
And what a kitchen, staged for warmth with luxurious Downsview cabinetry, SubZero’s showpiece Pro 48 glass-door fridge, and a Wolf range boldly installed with an island vent hood in front of double-story windows. Vancouver designer Alanna Johnston added open shelving so as not to cover up atmospheric exposed-brick walls and added a trio of chic Kartell GE pendant lights (for transparency) over a large island that seats five. And one last thing: attached to the end of the island facing the fireplace is a low wooden bench. What a perfect spot to plop down in front of the fire and enjoy a glass of pinot noir – without leaving the kitchen.