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White on white – kitchens a polar bear might enjoy

11.21.2009 · Posted in Kitchens

What’s that you say? Enough with the depressing polar bear stories, let’s see some kitchens already? Of course, dear reader, always happy to oblige.  But, just so that the bear is not forgotten, here is a collection of white on white kitchens. If my bear friend dropped in here, he might feel he’s right back in his snow cave:

via loftsantwerpen.wordpress.com

via loftsantwerpen.wordpress.com

These curves will remind him of the effect of wind and water on the ice-floes:

via bluesuntree.co.uk

via bluesuntree.co.uk

Ah yes, sandblasted glass, ice forming on water:

Casa Classica Torino via At Casa

Casa Classica Torino via At Casa

photo Roland Persson

photo Roland Persson

Is that a fresh kill I see on the counter?

via theselby.com

via theselby.com

White and blue and white – what could be more welcoming for a visitor from the Arctic Circle?

via locationworks

via locationworks

White on white, great for polar bears. For humans, I think you need really strong shapes, or arresting accents, if you want to overcome the snow cave effect.  I had a white on white room once – it lasted about two weekends before it gained a rich red and blue Kazak rug and throw pillows. I admire the minimal aesthetic,  just can’t manage to live in it.

Photo Windsor Smith

Photo Windsor Smith

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Depressing decor, with bear

11.20.2009 · Posted in Random thoughts

The  images of the polar bear trying to get into a kitchen that I stumbled over earlier this week reminded me of this rug.  It made the rounds of the blogosphere last winter, so if it’s old news to you, just skip! Via inhabitots

Polar Bear on Rug

Polar Bear on Rug

Lonely Bear

Lonely Bear/Lonely Child?

The Global Warming Rug by Nanimarquina is a really great looking rug – just imagine it on a white floor in a beach house … but as a member of the generation deeply traumatized by the fate of Bambi’s mother, there’s no way I could ever put it in a kids room.  And in case that isn’t depressing enough, here’s another piece of art that haunted my childhood:


We’re going to see the rabbit…

We are going to see the rabbit.

We are going to see the rabbit.

Which rabbit, people say?

Which rabbit, ask the children?

WHICH rabbit?

The only rabbit,

The only rabbit in England,

Sitting behind a barbed-wire fence

Under the floodlights, neon lights,

Sodium lights,

Nibbling grass

On the only patch of grass

In England, in England

(Except the grass by the hoardings

Which doesn’t count ).

We are going to see the rabbit

And we must be there on time.

First we shall go by escalator,

Then we shall go by underground,

And then we shall go by motorway,

And then by helicopter way,

And the last ten yards we shall have to go on foot.

And now we are going

All the way to see the rabbit,

We are nearly there,

We are longing to see it,

And so is the crowd

Which is here in thousands

With mounted policemen

And big loudspeakers

And bands and banners,

And everyone has come a long way.

But soon we shall see it

Sitting and nibbling

The blades of grass

In – but something has gone wrong !

Why is everyone so angry,

Why is everyone jostling

And slanging and complaining?

The rabbit has gone,

Yes, the rabbit has gone.

He has actually burrowed down into the earth

And made himself a warren, under the earth

Despite all these people.

And what shall we do?

What CAN we do?

It is all a pity, you must be disappointed,

Go home and do something else for today,

Go home again, go home for today.

For you cannot hear the rabbit, under the earth,

Remarking rather sadly to himself, by himself,

As he rests in his warren, under the earth:

“It won’t be long, they are bound to come,

They are bound to come and find me, even here.”

Alan Brownjohn

(well, I did say you should just skip, didn’t I?)

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Semi-separated kitchen storage

11.19.2009 · Posted in Kitchens

When is a door not a door? Translucent panels blur the division between open  and closed storage

dwell.com

dwell.com

Translucent Panty

photo Verne, OWI

In this Manhattan kitchen (via OWI), translucent panels seem to blur the boundaries of the kitchen, too.

Translucent walls in Manhattan

photo Verne, OWI

I know the theory, that the translucent panels give a sense of depth without revealing every detail of the clutter behind them, but they wouldn’t be my choice for  a coat closet, especially if the coat closet was in the kitchen. What do you think?

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Galley kitchen, with bear

11.19.2009 · Posted in Random thoughts

You’re probably well aware that there’s a bit of a “taxidermy” trend going on in interiors – I’ve being seeing heads of deer and other animals in all sorts of rooms. But I haven’t seen one of these until now:

Just right?

Just right?

Now that’s got to beat any dead animal decoration there is, right? This hungry visitor attempted to drop in on a group of scientists visiting Svalbard – they were preparing cauliflower soup, perhaps the bear is a vegan?

I won't go until I've got some ...

I won't go until I've got some ...

The photos of the bear, by Andy Rouse, are awesome. What with the disappearing sea-ice and the tough time the bears are having as climate warming changes the world around them, you can see that this fellow is really hungry.

Please?

Please?

But, come on guys, I really wanted to see more of that ship’s kitchen! (from The Daily Mail)

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High contrast – black and white kitchens

11.19.2009 · Posted in Kitchens

Black and white, a great color combo for the kitchen. I mean really, how can you go wrong? Here are four of my recent favorites, each with their own unique style. First, from the Daily Mail – a beautiful white Aga, so let’s call it English style:

White Aga

Dreamy white Aga

This little gem, by designers MHZ, appeared in KBCulture lately. Don’t you just love the black and white photos in the black and white room? I think you’d have to keep the cooking fairly minimal in this space, though:

mlinaric-henry

Mlinaric Henry Zervudachi

Next a clean, contemporary take, from Australian company Mim Design via Desire to Inspire.

mim design via desire to inspire

Mim Design

and a Scandinavian version, from photographer Pia Ulin. That white tile with black grout pops up a lot in Scandinavian kitchens, doesn’t it? It’s like a default backsplash.

Pia Ulin via linkimage

Pia Ulin via linkimage

Of course, there are really quite a lot of ways to go wrong with black and white. Here’s just one example

Just because they can?

Just because they can?

But, then again, it’s not the color that’s to blame  – that island would be monstrous whatever color it happened to be, and what are those things cascading down from ceiling?Well, OK, the color of the ceiling is a problem. I don’t know if a black ceiling ever looks good – just too much gloom pressing down on you, I think.  But I’m willing to be educated – if you know of a great looking black ceiling, please be sure to let me know!  (via)

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Open shelves – some serious kitchens

11.18.2009 · Posted in Kitchens, Random thoughts

There’s nothing that says “serious cook” better than a kitchen with open storage – everything in its place, but right in reach, too:

via dwell

via dwell

I’ve always admired Martha’s collection of copper pots over the island:

Martha Stewart's Impressive Pot Rack

Martha Stewart's Impressive Pot Rack

Here’s an example from Apartment Therapy, with the emphasis more on function than form:

via apartment therapy

via apartment therapy

This collection, via Living etc, looks practical, although it is definitely leaning in the “pretty” direction:

via living etc

via living etc

This kitchen (via) certainly looks like the domain of a real cook or two (and possibly an optometrist on the side):

via Location Works

via Location Works

This one (via) has an impressive array of knives – I’m too intimidated to say anything even faintly snide about the word on the wall:

A Serious Kitchen

A Very Serious Kitchen

So what do you think – do these people stay up late polishing the measuring cups? Or does a serious cook need a serious cleaning crew to keep everything sparkling?

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Color schemes, bringing the outside in

11.16.2009 · Posted in Color

I’ve been busy working with various color projects lately, so instead of  kitchens, today I’m sharing these great photographs that show a strong connection between interior and exterior colors:

photo Richard Powers

photo Richard Powers

photo Richard Powers

photo Richard Powers

Aren’t they inspiring? I always like it when a color scheme uses elements of the home’s natural environment – it makes a strong foundation to build on and can unify different rooms. Of course, I don’t know where reality ends and photographic magic begins. In real life, the majority of my clients don’t live in concrete hangars with stunning scenery right outside.

Photographs by Richard Powers via, licensed under the creative commons.

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