Design Tip – Make A Kitchen Island Float By Using A Dark Recessed Base

Hey contemporist friends! Here’s something to think about if you’re ever working on the design of your kitchen. This home by architect Michael Patroni and interior designer Salvatore Fazzari has a good example of how to give a kitchen island a floating effect.

Instead of bringing the base of a kitchen island all the way to the floor, you can give it a recessed undercut, which on its own gives it a bit of a floating feeling, but then you can improve the floating effect even more by using a dark material on the base that contrasts with the light material on top. Now your island is floating!

Floating kitchen island

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A Secluded Contemporary Connecticut Home Among The Trees

Point One Architects + Planners (POA) designed this contemporary home in Essex, Connecticut.

Modern House In Connecticut

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Artist Samantha Everton Covers A Building In Her Work

Australian artist Samantha Everton, worked with the architecture practice Kavellaris Urban Design, to create the façade of this new building in Melbourne, Australia. The mixed-use building is called “2 Girls,” and features Everton’s “Masquerade” photo art from her “Vintage Dolls” series, re-created as the building’s façade.

Art covered building

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Don’t Tell Anyone About This Secret Door

Seriously, this is totally a secret, and only you and I know about it. There’s a wall of shelves in this house, designed by DeForest Architects, that are actually a hidden door.

Secret door in a house

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Is That A Fire In The Kitchen?

We featured this apartment the other day, and just noticed that there’s an open wood-burning fireplace at the end of the countertop in this kitchen. That’s something you don’t see every day, especially in an apartment. It’s like having a campfire in your kitchen, which feels a bit dangerous, but on the plus side, it would give you a good reason to be eating roasted marshmallows all the time.

Open Wood-Burning Fireplace In A Kitchen

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This Is A Thing – Bathroom Tiles That Look Like A Giraffe

If you’re like us, you probably didn’t know this was a thing, but now you do. The bathroom tiles in this home by De Bever Architects, make the room look like a giraffe.

So the next time you’re thinking of what tile you could cover your walls with, forget the tiles that look like monkeys or hippos, because we all know the only correct choice from now on are the giraffe tiles.

Giraffe Tiles

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