Gilded Island Kitchen

John Minshaw kitchen with a gilded center island - John Minshaw via AtticmagWelcome to Kitchen Week 2013! Our theme of ‘special features’ highlights a kitchen island that’s glitzy and ritzy.

Some modern kitchens are designed to show very little of their function. This one by designer John Minshaw is an excellent example. I’ve taken to thinking of these as “no-kitchen” kitchens because until one looks closely it’s hard to see exactly how things are arranged. Storage is all pantry style with glass doors on the left and full-height slab doors elsewhere so while this isn’t truly minimalistic the working aspects are concealed.The lone stretch of open counter, on the far wall, houses the sink in a niche where a Dornbracht profi faucet is the only conspicuous fixture. And while the center island has a cook top tucked in just across the aisle, the exterior surface is gilded — just like fine antique furniture. Introducing a gold surface is unusual for a kitchen but this one is not too “Dubai.” It adds a burnished glow that should develop a patina and some character with age. It certainly is a softening element when lights are dimmed for dinner at the lovely cerused oak table nearby. And it suggests that not every finish in a kitchen need be strictly utilitarian provided the owner loves it and is willing to live with the fragility as well as the maintenance it might require.

(Source: JohnMinshawDesigns)

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