FINNE Architects
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FINNE Architects modern-kitchen

FINNE Architects

Architect Nils Finne has created a new, highly crafted modern kitchen in his own traditional Tudor home located in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle. The kitchen design relies on the creation of a very simple continuous space that is occupied by intensely crafted cabinets, counters and fittings. Materials such as steel, walnut, limestone, textured Alaskan yellow cedar, and sea grass are used in juxtaposition, allowing each material to benefit from adjacent contrasts in texture and color.
The existing kitchen was enlarged slightly by removing a wall between the kitchen and pantry. A long, continuous east-west space was created, approximately 25-feet long, with glass doors at either end. The east end of the kitchen has two seating areas: an inviting window seat with soft cushions as well as a desk area with seating, a flat-screen computer, and generous shelving for cookbooks.
At the west end of the kitchen, an unusual “L”-shaped door opening has been made between the kitchen and the dining room, in order to provide a greater sense of openness between the two spaces. The ensuing challenge was how to invent a sliding pocket door that could be used to close off the two spaces when the occasion required some separation. The solution was a custom door with two panels, and series of large finger joints between the two panels allowing the door to become “L” shaped. The resulting door, called a “zipper door” by the local fabricator (Quantum Windows and Doors), can be pushed completely into a wall pocket, or slid out and then the finger joints allow the second panel to swing into the “L”-shape position.
In addition to the “L”-shaped zipper door, the renovation of architect Nils Finne’s own house presented other opportunity for experimentation. Custom CNC-routed cabinet doors in Alaskan Yellow Cedar were built without vertical stiles, in order to create a more continuous texture across the surface of the lower cabinets. LED lighting was installed with special aluminum reflectors behind the upper resin-panel cabinets. Two materials were used for the counters: Belgian Blue limestone and Black walnut. The limestone was used around the sink area and adjacent to the cook-top. Black walnut was used for the remaining counter areas, and an unusual “finger” joint was created between the two materials, allowing a visually intriguing interlocking pattern , emphasizing the hard, fossilized quality of the limestone and the rich, warm grain of the walnut both to emerge side-by-side. Behind the two counter materials, a continuous backsplash of custom glass mosaic provides visual continuity.
Laser-cut steel detailing appears in the flower-like steel bracket supporting hanging pendants over the window seat as well as in the delicate steel valence placed in front of shades over the glass doors at either end of the kitchen.
At each of the window areas, the cabinet wall becomes open shelving above and around the windows. The shelving becomes part of the window frame, allowing for generously deep window sills of almost 10”.
Sustainable design ideas were present from the beginning. The kitchen is heavily insulated and new windows bring copious amounts of natural light. Green materials include resin panels, low VOC paints, sustainably harvested hardwoods, LED lighting, and glass mosaic tiles. But above all, it is the fact of renovation itself that is inherently sustainable and captures all the embodied energy of the original 1920’s house, which has now been given a fresh life. The intense craftsmanship and detailing of the renovation speaks also to a very important sustainable principle: build it well and it will last for many, many years!

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amelianat added this to Kitchen Ideas
January 11, 2015
Sand and paint bench off white
dgojill added this to dgojill's Ideas
November 9, 2014
Window seat plus low storage.
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October 30, 2014
window seat with storage around it
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May 12, 2014
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February 18, 2014
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January 9, 2014
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January 7, 2014
Bench seat may work in the ensuite
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November 24, 2013
window seat
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September 25, 2013
bench configuration for mudroom
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September 8, 2013
pony wall sides
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August 15, 2013
Window seat
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August 13, 2013
The comfortableness of the bench seat.
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July 29, 2013
Window seat
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July 5, 2013
window seat
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June 29, 2013
Window seat
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May 26, 2013
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May 6, 2013
Kitchen window seat
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April 4, 2013
window seat with bottom counter and shelves above
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March 25, 2013
lights above, bench storage
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March 19, 2013
Shorten bench?
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March 18, 2013
window seat and shelves
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March 9, 2013
arrangement of the space and shelves
muskokah added this to kids rooms
March 9, 2013
love the shelf above the window...for displaying toys, etc.
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February 10, 2013
kitchen nook window sill
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February 10, 2013
window seat idea
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February 2, 2013
Imagine wall bales going up but with arm rests
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January 17, 2013
like counter/ledges for drinks near this seat.
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December 29, 2012
window casing
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December 28, 2012
Bench by the desk
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November 17, 2012
low seat inder window
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November 12, 2012
window seat
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November 4, 2012
window seat?
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October 30, 2012
short cabinets beside window seat
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October 2, 2012
Drawers under window seat
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September 21, 2012
bench under window
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August 26, 2012
window seat
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August 24, 2012
Kinda my idea but with a country look
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July 29, 2012
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seating arrangement
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July 17, 2012
Wrangell ave house
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June 30, 2012
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May 16, 2012
window seat in kitchen?
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May 11, 2012
Sandwiched seating w drawers underneath
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April 22, 2012
Idee als er van voor een ruimte komt
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window seat in kitchen
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seating below window
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April 13, 2012
love winsow seat
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window seat
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bench under window?
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little sofa seat
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Lights detailing
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January 2, 2012
Window seating
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December 16, 2011
Like the simplicity of wood sash and muntins. I like that the window is positioned in line with the tops of the cushions of the window seat.
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