When David Gingrass modernized the kitchen in his Napa Valley bungalow, the chef and owner of the new Two restaurant in San Francisco wasn't looking to obliterate the original '70s decor. He tore out a wall to open up the kitchen but maintained the brown palette. The cabinets, for instance, are a rich chocolate wenge wood (he added translucent resin-coated linen panels to brighten the feel). He also installed a Miele hood over the stove that's low enough for him to use as a shelf for small kitchen tools. Gingrass's new kitchen turned out to be a great place for him to develop recipes for Two, like a spicy soup with a poached egg. Two, 22 Hawthorne St.; 415-777-9779.
The three stacked Viking ovens include a combo one that mixes convection heat and steam to bake potatoes in 20 minutes. It works "like a hair dryer on steroids," David Gingrass says. DETAILS From $1,175 for combo oven with trim; 888-845-4641.
Backsplash Gingrass designed the orange glass mosaic—with help from Bisazza—to echo the color of the island. DETAILS From $35 per sq ft; 800-247-2992.