The building also offered the hugely attractive option of an open-plan kitchen situated in the center of the home, so he and his wife could comfortably host their large group of friends. “We live in a 1960s house and the kitchen is stuck to itself,” he explains. For his dream kitchen, Williams designed a loose U-shaped layout with no walls, where he could cook and his wife could bake while guests sat safely on the other side of the recycled glass counters. On the menu: steaks, brisket, ribs or Mexican food.
Fully embracing the “open” concept, the upper cabinets have glass doors on both sides. The white solid surface floating shelves also don’t hide clutter. “My idea was that food is pretty and the cabinetry is pretty and pots and pans are pretty,” says Williams. “The food is the color of the kitchen. “
Of course, it’s not the only color. To complement the Jenn-Air oiled bronze appliances, he chose wenge wood in java and caramel hues for the lower cabinets. The powder-coated metal upper cabinets and refrigerator panels feature a high-gloss cobalt blue—a sharp contrast to the brick walls, antique heart pine floors and Douglas fir ceiling beams. “I love the idea of a shocking blast of color,” says Wiliams.