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Most Creative Use of Materials in a Kitchen

Nathan Taylor of Obelisk Home helped a southwest Missouri couple achieve the open kitchen concept of their dreams while merging functionality and elegance through the strategic use of materials.

By Jennifer Adamson

Jun 2019

417 Home Design Awards 2019 Winner of Most Creative Use of Materials in a Kitchen by Obelisk Home Springfield MO
Photo by Jeremy Mason McGrawTaylor designed the kitchen island and overhanging light fixture with balance in mind. The two components mirror each other, creating vertical symmetry.

WINNING DESIGNER: Nathan Taylor, Obelisk Home

PROJECT GOAL: In this open kitchen, the intent was to merge functionality and elegance to mimic the stylish appearance of the adjoining living area. A custom island with hidden storage and gorgeous organic elements brought the designer’s vision to life. 



This welcoming kitchen is the perfect example of what carte blanche enables a designer to accomplish. It also helps that the project lead and co-founder of Obelisk Home, Nathan Taylor, was involved from the start of this home’s construction, meaning he could brainstorm with the homeowners exactly what they envisioned for their space before walls went up. That’s why there are no walls—only glass pocket doors—between the kitchen and patio. One of their priorities was a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor entertaining.

417 Home Design Awards 2019 Winner of Most Creative Use of Materials in a Kitchen by Obelisk Home Springfield MO
Photo by Jeremy Mason McGraw

The couple also requested an island expansive enough to set up a buffet line on one side and still have seating adjacent. Danby marble was chosen for its elegance, sturdiness and ability to resist dinner-party stains. The island was further customized with hidden storage at the end for conveniently stowing patio necessities. 

417 Home Design Awards 2019 Winner of Most Creative Use of Materials in a Kitchen by Obelisk Home Springfield MO
417 Home Design Awards 2019 Winner of Most Creative Use of Materials in a Kitchen by Obelisk Home Springfield MO
Photos by Jeremy Mason McGraw

Another non-negotiable was balance. Notice how the fridge and freezer flank a built-in espresso bar and how the range is midway between two sets of cabinets, warming drawers and ovens. There’s symmetry in the backsplash, too—made of mirrors and glass to play off the reflectivity of the white acrylic, soften the look comprehensively and serve as a work of art.

417 Home Design Awards 2019 Winner of Most Creative Use of Materials in a Kitchen by Obelisk Home Springfield MO
Photo by Jeremy Mason McGraw

To prevent the light and bright design from appearing sterile, natural elements and warm tones were incorporated throughout, including exotic wood veneers on the drawer fronts, a walnut centerpiece atop the island and walnut floors that extend into the pantry. With a second sink and extra storage, the behind-the-scenes area is utilitarian but still beautiful.

“They wanted the kitchen to function, but, because it’s open to the entire main living area, they wanted it to have an elegance to it,” says Taylor, who accomplished just that.

RESOURCE LISTINGS

Where to find the looks and materials used to create this winning kitchen space in Springfield, Missouri and surrounding areas.

WALL COVERINGS
214 W. Phelps St., Suite 101, Springfield
417-616-6488

FURNITURE
214 W. Phelps St., Suite 101, Springfield
417-616-6488

HARDWARE
2726 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield
417-731-3220

PLUMBING FIXTURES
605 N. Sherman Parkway, Springfield
417-865-8392
LIGHT FIXTURES
214 W. Phelps St., Suite 101, Springfield
417-616-6488

KITCHEN CABINETS
614 Jonathon Drive, Marionville
417- 258-2584
alpinewoodproducts.com

KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS
6001 N. 21st St., Ozark
417-581-4600

STONE/TILE
214 W. Phelps St., Suite 101, Springfield
417-616-6488

1364 N. Kelly Ave., Nixa
417-725-5515
WOOD FLOORS
2684 Horseshoe Drive South, Naples, Florida
239-206-1898

PAINT
535 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield
417-862-7483

APPLIANCES
3252 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield
417-833-1113

AUDIO/VISUAL
3464 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield
417-887-9558