When Sergio and Suzanne Feld decided to finally renovate the dark, cramped kitchen in their 1905 apartment, they immediately knew their inspiration: San Franciso's Universal Café. ("It was clean and light, with almost a laboratory feeling—but not at all stark.") The redesigned kitchen is exactly like that: modern yet warm, with a few very interesting industrial touches.
Previewed in a 2004 issue of Dwell magazine, highlights of the space include laboratory faucets and lab glass pendant lamps, fir floors, a fireclay farm sink made in England, a suspended rolling blackboard to conceal the water heater, and my favorite, "a triptych of steel-framed cabinets with sliding textured-glass panels [that reveal] objects on open walnut shelves while screening clutter."
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(Image credits: Cesar Rubio / Dwell Magazine; found via IKEA Live)