“Wes Anderson meets Provençal.” Designer Chris Graves (of Clarence & Graves) is describing his vision for his kitchen renovation. But what does that mean, exactly? For one thing, a memorable palette, in this case “a beautiful soft palette of pink, black and green”; for another, nostalgia for the past via quirky vintage and antique pieces. And then, there’s the more intangible element, a certain joie de vivre that all Wes Anderson sets seem to share: “I wanted it to feel joyous, convivial, bright, like we were abroad,” says Chris, who worked with deVOL’s in-house design team on the project.
All of which was accomplished with this charm-filled remodel. The once dark ’70s kitchen (think pine cupboards and purple plastic counters) is now a whimsical, welcoming, and meticulously considered space for his self-described “messy, colliding family.”
Let’s take a tour. (And don’t be surprised if you want to cue up The Royal Tanenbaums or Grand Budapest Hotel afterward.)