Kitchen & Bath Business

Cool concepts: Ideas to inspire from three experts who push the envelope in materials, shape & color.

Join the circus like you wanted to when you were a kid!" is a line from a song in the 1970s Broadway show "Barnum," which was loosely based on the life of circus owner and showman P. T. Barnum. Lou Ann Bauer, ASID, Bauer Interior Design, San Francisco, had the opportunity to bring the circus, albeit a more refined sophisticated interpretation, to her clients via their kitchen remodel. Like many homeowners today, Bauer's clients sought to have their kitchen reflect their own interests. "One of their favorite pieces of art is a lithograph of a circus scene," Bauer says. "They like the whimsical colors and shapes, and asked if their kitchen/family room could he that fun, but not look like an actual circus. We combined the whimsy and color of the circus scene with a sense of refinement." That refinement reveals itself in a myriad of creative details created by Bauer and installed with the help of contractor John Sullivan:

* The custom cabinets, fabricated by Andrew Jacobson, Design in Wood, Petaluma, CA, are intended to look like circus blocks and function as pieces of furniture. Paint grade fronts are blended with cherry and maple. The cabinet finisher, Steve Bauer, Baumar, San Francisco, applied a multitude of complementary finishes not only on different faces, but in some instances, within the same door front.

* Three types of glass are used in the room. A large single piece of yellow slumped glass, designed by Bauer and fabricated by Ultraglas, adorns the backsplash beneath the range hood. Wall cabinets flanking the hood include back-painted, iridescent glass panels in three colors. Art-fused glass enhances the wall cabinets to the right of the sink.

* Decorative hardware in 12 different shapes and sizes from Bauerware adorn the cabinetry.

* The range hood is a large custom unit from Cheng Products. Set over a 48" cooktop, it serves as a focal point in the room. …

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