Ive just completed a project in Burlingame, CA where I custom designed/built the kitchen cabinets and island, china cabinet, entertainment center, built-in bench, and dining table.
The cabinets bodies are bamboo stained black with sumi ink with inset bamboo doors. Seeing the frame work harks back to earlier eras of inset cabinetry while also creating high contrast. This contrast allows me to play with cabinet shapes and composition. Rather than hardware for pulls, there are cutouts where you reach in with your finger.
The island has a 1.5″ solid bamboo slab which is my favorite part of the project. The curves on that countertop are the only ones found on this project, making the island a centerpiece of attention.
The dining table was built out of glued up pieces of scrap from a local mill. All of the material was cutoffs and otherwise unsellable lumber. The process was brutally labor intensive but the result was worth it. The legs are bamboo stained black, built as a frame of “L” shapes to have strength without bulk. A matching smaller side table can be brought over dinner parties
The built in bench has storage underneath. The big secret is that the right 1/3 can actually detach in seconds and roll away from the wall to allow for opening/closing of the french door.
My friend Jeff Clark came all the way up from Santa Barbara to photograph the site for me. He is a very accomplished photographer and it was great to see him at work. I always enjoy seeing people who are very very good at what they do. He has posted a few teaser pics on his website www.jeffclarkphoto.com/ken