This year’s contest brought in stunning spaces that would all be a delight in which to cook. The winning kitchen, featured here, was selected by a panel of SoCal-based design industry professionals.
With a full gut remodel completed fall 2009 by architect Bill Bocken, this 1970s Mission Hills “tree house” is perched canyon-side with views of Mission Valley. Built out of recycled telephone poles, the home initially boasted enviable natural light and treetop views, but was hampered by outdated finishes and less than ideal space planning. The heart of the remodel is its modern, ecological kitchen — sleek, inviting, and designed by Lisa Wilson-Wirth, CKD of Arclinea San Diego, with support from Jeremy Gleiberman, to meet the needs of homeowners Bryan Leigh and Tom Hutching, who love to entertain.
Volumes, heights, and materials are carefully composed and balanced to ensure an open plan that is highly functional and aesthetically elegant. Colors and finishes are urbane and masculine, timeless and inviting. Work counters are uniform height, encouraging engagement between kitchen and living spaces. At the center of the design, mid-height cabinets in stainless steel provide light reflection at a lowered height that allows conversation and visibility from all angles. LED lighting under the island bar top offers additional visual interest.
A high-tech induction cooktop (which boils pasta water in 60 seconds or less), convection steam oven, and other luxurious amenities simplify everyday needs. Strategically placed and sleekly integrated solutions include the small appliances garage for countertop gadgets and pop-up totems that contain electrical outlets. At the main sink, an extra deep wash basin with a stainless KWC faucet is flanked by dedicated cabinetry for dish and glass storage. The end result: A modern kitchen uniquely designed to make cooking and eating at home an everyday pleasure.
This open kitchen design by Arclinea San Diego takes advantage of the home’s existing architecture, playing with volumes and height. Base cabinetry in Arclinea’s black oak is paired with taller units in matte white lacquer, finished with the Italian firm’s linear Convivium handle in stainless steel. Hand-crafted decorative ceramics and vintage glass from Esteban Interiors add the finishing touch
A built-in European espresso system and Combi-Steam oven by Gaggenau flank a small appliances garage in bronzed glass, with pull-out work counter
To ensure ready flow during the clients’ frequent dinner parties, the kitchen was designed to be open to dining and entertaining spaces, as well as support the grill area outdoors
Refrigeration is fully-integrated, featuring units by Gaggenau with sleek stainless steel and glass interiors, paired with tall Arclinea storage pantries. A 36” wall oven by Gaggenau includes a pizza stone and rotisserie
Photography by Arclinea San Diego / Brent Haywood Photography
Kitchen Design: Lisa Wilson-Wirth, CKD of Arclinea San Diego with support from Jeremy Gleiberman
Architect: Bill Bocken
Contractor: Dakini Engineering
Cabinets (Kitchen & Bar): The Arclinea Collection, Arclinea San Diego
Countertops (Kitchen & Bar): CaesarStone Quartz Surfaces, Arclinea San Diego
Appliances: Gaggenau, Miele. Sub-Zero
Fixtures: Franke, KWC
Lighting: Tazz Lighting
Flooring: Winfield Flooring
Bar Stools & Dining Table/Chairs: BoConcept
Lighting: Tazz Lighting
Dawson is president of Dawson Design Group, Inc., specializing in new construction and residential remodels for clients who seek modern designs. She has received degrees from Interior Designers Institute and the University of Utah.
Ranson is principal of HOME + atelier Michael Ranson, an award-winning firm providing residential design services throughout Southern California. Specialization includes kitchen and bath design, space planning, and architectural detailing.
Southwell is owner and principal of South-Land Creative Design, Inc. She has more than 15 years of experience designing high-end residential homes, having worked at firms in Beverly Hills, Palm Desert, and Rancho Santa Fe prior to launching her own.