NKBA 2004 Design competition Category 11: Non-residential Spaces

Given the green light for this Ferrari-inspired remodel kitchen, Lisa B. Cortese, CKD, and Dan Giffin of Santa Cruz, CA-based Easy Care Cabinetry put the pedal to the metal.

Mixing together colors and materials reflective of the automotive industry, the pair created a space that sped away with the client's imagination.

"The red lacquer finish, the gentle curves and the clean design of the cabinetry give the kitchen a feeling of lyrical velocity," she states. To that end, the pair selected Snaidero cabinets, which are complemented by Zodiaq and custom glass countertops.

Adding function to the space, Cortese and Giffin integrated a variety of high-end products, including a Gaggenau steam oven, electric oven and ventilation; a Fisher Paykel dishwasher; a Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine cooler, a Panasonic microwave; and a Miele coffee system.

Enhancing the design, Cortese adds, is 12"x12" marble and bamboo clear finish wood flooring, as well as custom stainless steel trim and window sill and frosted glass panels with halogen light strips.
She explains, "The ceiling and floor change in the kitchen area provides a more intimate atmosphere while maintaining the open setting for entertaining."

She notes that the island features a cooking area for a chef, while the expansive Franke sink and adjacent counters can accommodate professional caterers. Franke faucets continue the sleek theme, while a window installed over the sink offers a peek into the client's car collection.