ISSUE 14  |  Parisian Color

Steal This Look: Malcolm Davis Kitchen in San Francisco

April 05, 2011 10:18 AM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

Our friend Berry recently overhauled her light-flooded Potrero Hill kitchen, notable for its panoramic view of downtown San Francisco, with the help of local architect Malcolm Davis. Influenced by the whole new era of eco consciousness, Berry and Malcolm sought out a certified green contractor—Scott Meadows of Meadows Green Building and Design—and salvaged as much as possible from the original kitchen (they kept the 15-year-old Gaggenau cooktop, for instance, repaneled the existing Sub-Zero refrigerator, and built shelves using wood from the demolition). Meadows recycled all debris from the project at San Rafael's Marin Resource Recovery Transfer Station.

Photos by John Merkl.

Above: Meadows removed the upper cabinets and used the salvaged wood for open shelving; he also sourced a large piece of marble remnant for the countertops from Imperial Marble. Throughout the kitchen, Berry and Malcolm used Benjamin Moore's Low VOC Aura Paint in Ultra White.

Above L: Berry kept the original 1940's cabinets and used Flat Tab Cabinet Pulls (available at Atlas Hardware for $5.67 each) to add a modern note. Above R: An heirloom vintage Japanese raku pot holds blooms from the garden.

Above: "I sourced my undermount Blanco Sink from Remodelista (I liked the idea of stashing a dinner party's worth of dishes)"; $793.65 from The Minta Faucet from Grohe's Water Care line is $387 from e-Faucets and offers an estimated 30 percent water reduction usage over typical faucets.

Above: The cooktop is by Gaggenau, the oven is by Miele, and the slate countertop is salvaged. The Old Dutch WIndsor Whistling Kettle is $53.89 from Cookware; the Rolled End Bar Pot Rack from Enclume is $199.99.

Above L: Berry sourced the Hoganas Ceramic Pots from Sweden; go to Swedishness for a selection of Hoganas pottery. Above R: Berry preserved the original fan switch for aesthetic purposes.

Above: The Kikkerland Easy Fold Step Stool is $14 at Velocity Art & Design. Berry preserved the original California pantry, an open-air cupboard for storing fruits and vegetables (read about it here).