Designed by David Jameson
Kitchens often take on multiple roles, functioning as a dining or family room, too. But for a client’s home in Bethesda, Maryland, architect David Jameson combined the kitchen with an art gallery. Without any walls, the "anti-kitchen," as Jameson calls it, appears to float inside the sloping glass pavilion in which it’s set. At one end are four-foot-high panels for displaying paintings and other artwork. Custom vertical-grain Douglas fir cabinets hide the appliances to minimize visual distractions from the art: Built into the island are a refrigerator drawer, a freezer drawer, a dishwasher and an oven. "We’re trying to dematerialize the appliances," Jameson says. "The only one you can really see is the microwave; it’s just this little burst of machinery on a wall."
Jameson arranged African ribbon-mahogany blocks on the soaring ceiling in an undulating checkerboard pattern to diffuse sound.