For the redo, the owners and Porto created a kitchen with intentional contrasts in what Porto calls a yin-yang approach. There is the
play of two different types of cabinetry — Swiss pear wood for the
upper cabinets, complemented by pale aqua lacquer for the base cabinets. The wood cabinets are warm, with seamless graining, while the
glossy blue finish suggests the ocean. But both surfaces reflect Poggenpohl’s multilayered finishing process.
Also suggesting a contrast are the two peninsulas, which are
slightly offset from each other and arranged to allow room for prepping
and cooking. One peninsula holds the range, which has a sleek stainless steel vent with a glass hood; the other hosts the microwave. Since
there is a playful contrast of surfaces in the high-gloss Swiss pear wall
cabinets and pale aqua lacquered base cabinets (above). Two peninsulas face
each other, offering plenty of work surface and an ample, 42-inch-wide traffic
corridor. The stainless steel vent terminates in a glass hood over the range,
adding to the room’s translucent quality and its reflective nature.