A new kitchen created recently for a La Jolla couple with five young children proves that European kitchen design can accommodate the needs of a busy and active family.
“Both parents are avid hands-on cooks who desired a kitchen that would be the central gathering place for family dining and socializing,” says Lisa Wilson-Wirth, president and owner of Arclinea San Diego, a distributor of the Italian kitchen design company.“ A linear kitchen layout was envisioned, in which dedicated culinary work zones allow for multiple cooks and plenty of meaningful parent-child interaction.”
“The original kitchen felt cluttered due to inadequate storage and inconsistent cabinet and appliance depths, and it was limited by insufficient counter space to accommodate this family of seven,” says Jeremy Gleiberman, Arclinea’s project architect.
Activities now revolve around the center island with its integrated nine-foot-long dining table in slatted Grey oak with seating for seven. The expanded kitchen floor plan includes an 11-foot-long work station with graphite laminate top, where each child has a storage bin and computer.
Cabinets are finished in Grey Oak and matte white lacquer, with Arclinea’s grooved Professional handle in stainless steel. CaesarStone countertops and backsplashes are complemented by anodized aluminum accents, such as a pullout work cart, under-cabinet lighting profiles and perforated vegetable drawers. Wall cabinets feature acid-etched glass. Gaggenau appliances include the company’s Combi steam oven and a 30-inch convection oven with iPod-like controls.
As with all Arclinea projects, the materials are green and manufacturing strategies eco-intelligent.
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