ISSUE 79  |  Made in America

The Kitchen Island Reimagined

July 05, 2013 7:00 PM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

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Anyone who has spent time at the much-admired housewares and culinary cult shop MARCH in San Francisco knows that the space is anchored by a long work table. The latter also doubles as a dining table when owner Sam Hamilton pulls together one of her in-store dinner parties, but during the day, it typically serves as a backdrop to display a mix of kitchen tools and other well-crafted utilitarian objects. Hamilton created the tables in conjunction with local designer Matt Bear of Union Studio in Berkeley as a solution to the ubiquitous kitchen island. Each table is fully customizable. For pricing or to order, contact MARCH.

Photography by Mark Johann except where noted.

Above: The March Kitchen Work Table combines the lines and lightness of a kitchen table with optional accessories for tools and storage. “Matt makes the tables himself in his workshop in the East Bay. It’s wonderful to work locally on these pieces for a number of reasons: we can be nimble with custom orders and walk through design decisions with clients in a truly hands-on way; our quality control couldn’t be any more exacting–Matt works on and approves all pieces before they leave his shop; and finally, we are proud and happy to support a network of artisans here in the States.” Photograph by & Angie Silvy.

Above: The work table with white oak butcher block top and steel frame with a gun metal patina.

Above: The table is designed to incorporate storage elements such as shelves slatted (for circulation) that fit in the metal base, zinc bins, boxes, baskets, and hanging leather components.

Above (top): Knife sheath accessory made from saddle leather designed to hang from the table’s towel rod; shown beneath is a three bay leather hanging caddy for kitchen tools.

Above: In the foreground is the Turned Leg table in white oak painted in Farrow and Ball with a Carrara marble top with honed finish. The Parson’s Table behind features white oak end-grain butcher block. The tables were modeled after traditional butcher shop fixtures. Photograph by & Angie Silvy.

See our Shopper’s Diary on MARCH.