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SAN DIEGO HOME/GARDEN LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE
November 2007


Green Strategies on the Emerald Isle
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High-tech appliance garage and water views to downtown San Diego are among the amenities in this Coronado kitchen.




Sophisticated but accessible kitchen design

The condominium in a high-rise Coronado building was a getaway destination for a mother, her two adult sons and their wives and young children.

“They are passionate cooks who love to cook together as a family,” kitchen designer Lisa Wilson-Wirth says of her clients. “They wanted a sophisticated but accessible design in which the kitchen could serve as the central hub for family gatherings and celebrations.”

Their problem was the existing kitchen was too small and dated to serve that purpose. So they went to Wilson-Wirth’s Arclinea Italian kitchen design showroom in Bankers Hill.

“They wanted a design solution that would balance functional and technical innovation with their love of the clean lines and aesthetic detail of modern European design,” Wilson-Wirth says.

functional and technical innovationRemoving a wall separating the kitchen from the living area opened up the cook’s space and added expansive ocean views to more of the condo. The designer choose materials that complemented the coastal conditions and natural light: Arclinea’s horizontally grained medium grained oak and matte white lacquer cabinetry.

Other features include stainless-steel Italia recessed handles and toe kicks; glass wall cabinets with wood framed acid-etched glass doors and stainless steel Artusi applied handles, flap doors that lift up and anodized aluminum with energy-efficient fluorescent lighting.

Lighting in the sink area also is energy-efficient fluorescent. The roller shutter garage for small appliances features an internal motion-controlled fluorescent light, pull-out work counter in gray oak and internal glass shelving.

Wilson-Wirth says Arclinea cabinets are manufactured with green manufacturing strategies. These include E1 class for formaldehyde emissions; water-based paints and sealers that are free from heavy metals; cabinet panels fabricated from recycled and regenerated wood; wood-cabinetry veneers and solid wood edging from renewable and managed sources; and designs incorporating recyclable materials, including, in this project, glass, aluminum and stainless steel.”

“The new kitchen,” the designer says, has become the heart of the house in which living, dining, cooking and socializing coexist in an open floor plan. All work surfaces were kept to one height and functional work zones, such as cooktop and sink area, were carefully planned to take advantage of the sweeping ocean views and extensive natural day lighting.

“Culinary and storage requirements of multiple cooks were achieved in a small and challenging footprint and in ergonomically-sensitive ways—including pantry units with internal deep drawers for easy access to foodstuffs.”

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