Several pieces were designed and fabricated for this Berkeley kitchen update. First came a custom dining table in spalted local Sycamore and salvaged pine. Next came floating shelves (also in spalted local Sycamore), for displaying this couple's extensive pottery collection, and a kitchen island in a singular slab of local bay laurel with hot-rolled steel base and stainless lower utility shelf. After getting used to these new additions, we were asked to design a new banquette to define the dining space. The banquette is in VG doug-fir to tie into the rest of the existing casing and floats on some custom 2-part steel brackets we designed so the banquette would maintain a minimal, floating presence. The top of the banquette was locked in at the windowsill height to tie the piece to the outdoors, since the windows are usually open to the backyard.
Photography: Mariko Reed