LOCATION
San Mateo

CREDITS
Interior Design: Tiffiny Johnson, Peninsula Modern
Photography: Margot Hartford Photography

RECOGNITION
Studio Dearborn

Glide Munoz

This Japanese-inspired mid-century modern kitchen balances functionality with exotic mysticism. Full of rich textures and dark, luminous materials, the design provides a unique, layered atmosphere. Natural light and warm wood abounds. Stained oak floors and heavily-grained teak cabinetry create a sense of calm. An oversized island, complete with waterfall counter, doubles as kitchen table. Black honed countertops riff on traditional Japanese designed kitchens. The wood-paneled refrigerator disappears into the wall while stacked stainless steel stoves add an elegant touch. Cabinets featuring subtle hardware, add to the minimalistic decor. The backsplash is a wall of deep green, almost black, glazed tile, laid horizontally. Tempering the darker tones, ceilings and walls are painted white. To complete the look, a custom built-in, with peek-through shelves, pulls in light and relates the large kitchen to the rest of the house.