time again for my bi-monthly column, #frf (fab room friday). this week: a kitchen by commune. i am not sure i have ever, like, EVER considered decorating with bottle green. it has just never kindled my creative fires. and then this amazing kitchen came along and stopped me dead in my tracks. . .
commune is a design shop that is a modern-day bauhaus. the collective design force covers the waterfront of design from graphic media and advertising to interior design and architecture, to interior merchandising. the kitchen i feature here is the home of ramen shimshiri, one of the four founders of commune, who’s kitchen renovation and design of his 1920’s los feliz, california, home focused on saving and maintaining the gothic-arched windows that were original. those arches are amaze-balls, to be sure, but its the green that stopped me cold.
i think what makes the green work is it’s play against the crisp clean and modern white, the honey tones of the natural wood, and the deep black references in the window casing and the commune-designed concrete mexican floor tiles (part of their “native” collection, available for purchase from commune here). extending the same tiles onto the courtyard patio is such an amazing idea, at once rendering indoor and outdoor equal, cohesive, and un-interrupted. the green then echos through the verdant plantlife draping the walls and bordering the courtyard. perfection! i really need to sip a mojito around sunset on that patio!!!
i love how unpretentious the kitchen is — there are no fancy materials or showy anything. the materials and fixtures have a modesty that allows the awesomeness of the design to hold center stage.
if you have the time, you should check out commune; it is largely considered among the most important design firms in california. i became familiar with them through an article a couple of years ago in vogue and through regular stalking of my girl crush, jessica de ruiter (read my previous post, jessica’s jeans, here) who’s husband, jed, is an artist and designer at commune and who collaborated with jessica on the recent re-design of their silver lake home. click here to see the picts of their gorgeous home and a fabulous feature on jessica at rip +tan, jenni kayne’s awesome blog. enjoy!
have a great weekend!