2018 Design Award for Best Kitchen Design: Cooper Pacific Kitchens


These days, it is quite common for a client to request a simple white kitchen. But, when the team at Cooper Pacific Kitchens was tasked with overhauling a traditional kitchen in a Bel Air home, their client was ready to push the envelope with both color and design. “She was looking for a modern update, but wanted it to be warm and inviting,” says Steven Cooper, owner of Cooper Pacific Kitchens. By experimenting with the color palette and materials, the team created a refreshing kitchen that is sleek while cozy, two things that don’t always go hand in hand. 

They started by playing with textures in both the cabinetry and surfacing. Gloss lacquer lower cabinets in a taupe shade called Indian River and bronze matte back-painted glass upper cabinets embrace the warmth of the traditional wood floors and reflect the natural light that flows throughout. “There is a lot of light coming in from various places off of the kitchen,” says Cooper. “We wanted the cabinetry to help the light dance around the room.” 

Organic movement continues in the island, where a dramatic slab of leathered quartzite adds earth tones and a beautiful fluid pattern. “We elected to go with a strong statement for the island,” says Cooper. “We leathered the quartzite to give the stone a unique texture. It’s kind of like an old bomber jacket that looks better with time.” 

A bronze hued smoked glass waterfall table emerges effortlessly from the side of the island, providing a cozy dining area that blends perfectly into the space. Custom lighting designed by the lead interior designer of the house, Pauline Moghavem, creates a whimsical glow that further enhances this fresh take on modern kitchen design. 


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