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Highlight your curves. For an oceanfront home surrounded by fir trees in the northern rainforest of Canada, Hanl chose natural and chocolate-colored bamboo "for its straight, distinct yet quiet grain as a complement to the fir," she says. "To balance all this wood, I added chocolate-colored faux-leather paneling on the back of the island. It's made out of rubber, so it's easy to maintain. The blue and blood-red lacquered cabinets were inspired by the owners' favorite piece of art."
Although layout is a striking architectural design, it posed some spatial challenges. "The small prep island is a very sculptural piece," Hanl says. "I put it in between the single wall I had available to place a huge assortment of appliances and the long swooping curve of the actual work island. The soft curves I brought in to balance this dynamic and make the space functional incorporate and bridge the architect's angled theme. At the same time the island is a multipurpose unit. It's contains a prep sink, appliance center and bamboo butcher block section that's an easy-to-maintain eating area for the couple's two little girls."
Part of the kitchen also serves as an intricate, multifunctional room divider that incorporates all the different finishes and colors. It "refers to the angled nature of the architecture, this time in the shape of a fanned-out hand," she says.