Volume 24, No. 11

Looking Back

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Story by Mary Webb

Photography by Thomas McConnell

The space allocated to a kitchen may be large, but this doesn't always mean the result is going to be a convenient layout.

Interior designer David Bravo had a spacious area to work with when he was asked to design a new kitchen for this home. The owners wanted a traditional kitchen that felt as if it had always been there. However, the space only had two walls, which limited the amount of storage and counter space that could be provided.

"To overcome this, I designed cabinetry that went right up to the ceiling. And in the center of the kitchen, to gain as much countertop space as possible, I made the island extra large, and placed cupboards and drawers on both sides. Wherever possible, appliances such as the microwave and steam oven are located below it," he says.

To create the traditional look the owners had specified, slightly distressed teak wood was chosen for the cabinetry, which has European-style molded and beaded door and drawer fronts. The kitchen is filled with ornate detailing, with solid pieces of wood carved into acanthus leaves, flutes, scrolls, medallions and corbels. The corbels decorating the four corners of the island are overscaled to match its large size.

"We wanted the corbels to look as if they were shouldering the weight of the two huge slabs of granite on top," says Bravo.

A carved, decorative molding along the top of the cabinetry catches the eye, adding interest to this layer of the kitchen.

A black La CornuFé oven with copper and silver trim is complemented by the copper and brass light fitting and copper range hood.

To maximize storage, accessories in drawers and cupboards ensure every space in the kitchen is utilized. Pull-out side cupboards next to the oven provide handy storage for spices and oils.


Credit List


 Sharp, from Harway Supply


 Sub-Zero, from Harway Supply


 Asko, from Harway Supply

Waste disposal:

 KitchenAid, from Harway Supply

Interior and kitchen designer:

 David Bravo, ASID, TBAE, Bravo Interior Design (Austin, TX)


 Bob Wetmore, AIA, The Cornerstone Group Architects


 New Austin Homes

Kitchen manufacturer:

 Architectural Marketing


 Solid teak with a custom stain finish

Surround countertop:

 Absolute Black granite, from Tileworks of Texas

Island countertop:

 Mystic Wave granite

Tile flooring:

 Riviera Beige limestone from Materials Marketing


 Sun Mountain




 Metropolitan, from Lighting Inc


 Deco Waverly Tile in Botticino/Noce stain from Materials Marketing


 Kohler, from Moore Supply


 Grohe, from Moore Supply


 CornuFé by La Cornue, from Harway Supply; Miele steam oven, from Harway Supply