High-Style Office Kitchen
John Lum ArchitectureSan Francisco, CA
Kitchen by John Lum
Design Notes: An office kitchen is not supposed to look this cool. But when San Francisco architect John Lum decided to revamp the second floor of his company's office-which used to be home to a laundry machine factory- a ho-hum kitchen wasn't going to cut it. The kitchen is a mix of industrial and natural materials: The island countertop is a 600-pound slab of marble that rests atop steel legs, and to the right and left are rows of 10-foot-tall cabinets with stained ash-veneer plywood doors. The body of the island is covered with a blackened-steel grille through which you can see the plumbing pipes connected to the sink and faucet. The gray wall is part of a steel-trowelled stucco cube that separates the kitchen and dining room from a pair of offices.