It’s rare when we get the opportunity to work with so many of our favorite artists and artisans in one space. This kitchen was about celebrating and promoting some of our most loved and talented partners to help tell a collaborative, impactful story—and what better place to do so than in a kitchen, a place where families congregate daily and host memorable dinner parties.
We were honored to work with Linda Fahey on custom ceramic tile for the backsplash, Fine Root on custom cabinetry, and Eric Hardrath on motorized spice racks and custom pantry.
In addition, the tile, drapery, wooden screen and furniture were all made specifically for the space, and the light fixtures were sourced from more of our favorite vendors and artists to help infuse a modern, personal connection.
The end result is a painterly marriage of art, craft and design that showcases RBD’s love of supporting artists, artisans, and a storied feel.
Taking cues from the original Mediterranean style of the home, the RBD team brought old-world influence to this modern kitchen. Cabinetry—with an updated, classic Shaker profile—runs along the perimeter of the room, blending seamlessly with the traditional wainscoting finished in an earthy, undersaturated green.
Nearby, the custom arched hutch—designed to mimic similar arches throughout the home—is finished in a rich ebonized oak with a contrasting walnut interior. It’s positioned strategically to draw the eye away from windows of differing heights, where a wall once divided a butler's pantry from the previously small kitchen.
By selecting a mix of finishes for these pieces, we created the impression of free-standing furniture and a room that has evolved over time. We enhanced the classic feel by choosing materials that become more storied with age: matte-yet-luminous honed marble countertops, burnished unlacquered brass faucets, and natural walnut finish on the island.
Curvilinear, sculptural pieces furnish the breakfast nook, framed by drapery with a hand-painted abstract pattern. The fanciful brass appliques on the surface of the breakfast table are illuminated from above by a sculptural pendant made of brass. Nearby, the intersecting arches of the oak room divider continue to mimic the arches throughout the home, while also creating a playful nod to the view of the golden gate bridge beyond the trees.
For art selection, we chose pieces by black female artists working in a range of mediums—Tawny Chatmon’s Renaissance-influenced photography, Lauren Pearce’s commissioned oil-on-canvas portraiture, Christa David’s original collage pieces, and Marie Alexander’s mixed-media work.
Suzanna Scott Photography
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