As you will probably guess, I didn't 'design' this kitchen for Erik Allen, but what I did do was, and sometimes you've just got to... go with it! My first thoughts when he moved into his new place in Echo Park is it's incredible, but what are we gonna do with that countertop? But after staring at it for a while I realized... it's actually incredible!! And the combination of the turquoise and red floors with the wooden cabinets is so fun. Ain't nothing wrong with Formica, know what I mean??
Hey kids! Looking for a way to tie in your turquoise Formica countertops with your red linoleum floors? BINGO. Just add jukebox. ;) Yep. We moved the full size refrigerator out of this Echo Park kitchen to get this bad boy in. We hid a mini fridge in the closet. Now that's a bachelor pad! (and a dream client!) I use it a lot of slab tables in my interior design. An ode to George Nakashima. And the raw edge and in this case thick table top is a great way to bring a natural element into a space. We sanded the finish off this to take it back to pure wood and just oiled it. Confession: A year ago I would have wanted to paint this wood so fast!! But I have been reading a lot about Japanese design and now I have been super drawn to wood cabinets. Which I of course put with everything ELSE white. Give me a simple bed every time. Especially in the morning...