When homeowners Wendy and Chris DeCenzo purchased their San Francisco penthouse, they wanted a large, stylish kitchen that would fit their family's personality. To help them plan their dream kitchen, they called on Fu-Tung Cheng, a designer known for his sophisticated, cutting-edge ideas. Now with the remodel complete, the DeCenzos love spending time in their kitchen.
One of the designer’s biggest design elements in the room is the large, multipurpose island that serves as a casual eating space as well as a work area. The environmentally friendly countertop is made from recycled elm trees.
Mixing many design elements can be a difficult process. Designer Fu-Tung Cheng was able to construct the contemporary space by blending warm aesthetics and a wide array of materials. He mixed all types of mediums, including crackled-glass tile, concrete walls, bamboo cabinets and terrazzo flooring.
The most radical design element in the kitchen has to be the surfboard table. The homeowners needed something interesting and narrow to fit the space, so they went to a custom surfboard manufacturer and had him make a long board and install it as a table.
The homeowners love preparing meals together. The large island enables them to do prep work and cook at the same time. The modular cooktops give them each a little extra elbow room to prepare their creations. The built-in trivet on the countertop is more than just a place to put a hot pot; the bars are in the symbol of a hexagram of good fortune. This particular symbol means the loosening or unraveling of complications.
The dual industrial sinks are fitted with custom cutting boards that can slide back and forth over either sink. Like the cooktops, having the workstations spread out is very accommodating for dual cooks. Adding to the stylish look is the cool, extra-large dish rack hanging above the sink.