Monday, April 7, 2008

Style Guide: Country Kitchens (Part III)

A rejuvenated 1920's Tudor honors the fine craft tradition extolled by turn-of-the-century architects Greene and Greene.

Like many Tudor-style houses of the 1920's, this dwelling in Bedford Hills, N.Y., had a kitchen that was dark and forbidding. Architect David Graham removed walls to an adjacent pantry to create an open and light-filled work space.

For architectural interest, he added handcrafted elements evocative of the works of the early-1900's Craftsman architects (and brothers) Charles S. and Henry M. Greene, including cherry woodwork with exposed joinery, oak flooring, leaded-glass casement windows, and amber-glass lighting.

Builder: Mark Benko. Cabinetry, woodworking, and stools: Geoffrey D. Warner. Refrigerator: Traulsen. Stove: Aga. White restaurant ware and mixing bowls throughout: Wolfman-Gold & Good Co.

Island Splendor

"Greene and Greene believed that by revealing -- not hiding -- the joinery and construction of furnishings, you convey honesty in your designs," explains cabinetmaker Geoffrey Warner. He devised the center island, which features a stainless-steel preparatory sink, exposed copper plumbing, open shelving, and a polished-granite countertop.

Wire carriage with clay pots in work island: Wolfman-Gold & Good Co.

Crafted Cabinetry

The Arts & Crafts movement celebrated the artistry of the individual craftsman. Here, square inlaid ebony pegs -- a signature detail of Greene and Greene designs -- punctuate the trim of the pantry's cupboard doors, which have leaded glass panes on top and curly cherry panel doors below. Even the door and drawer pulls contribute to the design aesthetic.

Stickley Original

A generous fireplace highlighted by cherry paneling, dark-brown ceramic tiles, and a wide strap of brass aged to resemble copper, provides an inviting backdrop for casual family meals. The early-1900's oak dining set is a Gustav Stickley original. The reproduction Stickley chandelier was crafted of hand-hammered copper and molded glass panels by craftsman Michael Ashford of Olympia, Wash.

Goblets: Simon Pearce. Metal chargers: Wilton Armetale. Table linens: Wolfman-Gold & Good Co.

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