San Diego Home/Garden Magazine (March 2016) – “Fancy-Free”

A kitchen flouts the rules of conventional to make a personal statement.

Weary of predictability, homeowners defied type-casting their Point Loma cooks’ space. Instead of buttoning it down to the 1928 home’s Colonial Revival style, they asked architects Ione Stiegler and Robert Davidson and designer Robert Wright to let loose on their interior.

“The goal was to not pigeonhole the design,” Ione says. “They wanted something individual that they wouldn’t see in anyone else’s home.

A far-flung idea was to suspend a space age, supersize hood from a painting by John Romaneski. The color gazes in the artwork read a translucent blue and add a layered, three dimensional depth above the 18-foot-long island.

“The island, which is the focal point of the kitchen, features two backlit slabs of quartz with his-and-hers cooking stations separated by a large expanse of walnut butcher block,” Ione says. “The island is so large that it was a feat to get even light. We worked hand-in-hand with Dave Steigerwald to get the technical aspects of this to work.

Backlit quartz slabs also are employed at the backsplash behind the stainless steel work surface containing integral prep and cleaning sinks separated by double dishwashers.

Backlighting acrylic rods at the wine-storage wall adds a neon blue element that coincides with the ceilings artwork. Espresso-stained oak flooring complements dark-stained wood cabinets.

“The cabinets are a series of geometrics designs with raised molding,: Ione says. “The flat panels are inlaid with leather or leather and stainless steel mesh.”

The ritzy interior space succeeded in being a complete departure from the home’s staid exterior- and there’s a certainty in the air that this kind of spunk won’t be found at any of the neighbors’ homes.


Left: The island steals the kitchen scene with its seemingly pulsating, backlit quartz. The intricate hand-carved legs were inspired by a bas relief “that was not the normal flourish of acanthus leaves, rope or scrollwork,” architect Ione Stiegler says.

Below: While cooking one can watch television or enjoy the bay view outside the French doors.