The Collaborative Spirit: Our Family Friendly Kitchen In Design New England Magazine
This past Thursday, Sally and I went to Design New England Magazine’s May/June issue launch party, which featured the family friendly kitchen we designed recently for a client in Milton. The well attended event was held at Lucia Lighting, one of our favorite lighting vendors on Boston’s North Shore.
The video below is one I took at the event, showing Lucia Lighting’s showroom.
About 6 months ago, Lucia Lighting began to develop their lighting showroom more into a lifestyle store by working with the very talented interior designer, Eileen Patterson. In the image below, Sally is discussing with Eileen the challenges of developing a lifestyle brand by bringing furniture and accessories into the store.
What I thoroughly enjoy about these launch parties is that Design New England’s team invites the designers of the major feature articles in each issue to give a brief presentation about their project.
Sally’s fellow ICA&A board member and landscape architect extraordinaire Dan Gordon, principal of Dan Gordon Landscape Architects, gave a terrific presentation on his featured project located in a historic Boston neighborhood.
His description of working with the local historic commission and conservation commission throughout the entire design process was eye opening! The hurdles can be immense! Below is a photo from the article. (Photograph by Greg Premru)
In turn, we were thrilled with how, for our kitchen feature, writer Larry Lindner told the story of the kitchen’s tangled circulation and overcoming the physical challenges presented by the existing powder room and chimney.
He described beautifully the collaborative and productive process between ourselves and our client, which ultimately led to the success of her completed family friendly kitchen with its oversized island and open connection to the family room and TV room over the garage. Thank you, Larry!
A classic example of the collaboration that occurred between ourselves and our client is the pass thru window between the kitchen and dining room. Very early on in the process, it was agreed that in order to design a kitchen with a real cook’s area the door between the dining room and kitchen would have to be eliminated. On the other hand, we needed reasonable access to the dining room for those few times a year it was used for formal sit down dinners.
We looked at moving the double doors between the foyer and family room closer to the kitchen, but it was cost prohibitive due to how the heating in the house was plumbed. Shortly thereafter, I received an email from our client asking, “What if we put in a pass thru window?” It was the perfect solution, particularly when we added a built in buffet in the dining room at the window.
The point I’m making is we designers don’t have a magic wand which we wave to create a design. Successful design, good design, is very much a collaborative and informed process.
Last fall, I wrote a detailed blog post about this family friendly kitchen. I invite you to read and learn more about the kitchen by clicking on this link. The full story about the kitchen in Design New England can be accessed via this link.
To wrap up, Sally and I extend our sincere thanks to our client, patent attorney Elaine Blais, to the Design New England magazine editors for publishing her beautiful, family friendly kitchen, to Michael J. Lee for the original photography, and to Larry Lidner for writing the article and for sharing the story of this kitchen’s design challenges and collaborative design spirit amongst new and old friends at Lucia Lighting’s beautiful showroom on Boston’s North Shore.
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