Feb 26, 2015

Room of the Week: David Lucas of Lucas Design Associates

Category: Kitchen/Dining room
Designer: David Lucas of Lucas Design Associates
Location: Laguna Beach, CA

Goal: A young family in California seeking a sophisticated look for their home turned to Seattle-based interior design David Lucas to design a kitchen and dining area with family-friendly furnishings and industrial details.

Inspiration: “The client was very specific about what they were looking for,” Lucas notes. “They referenced International Style architecture and unique destination hotels such as the Conservatorium in Amsterdam. We were inspired by this direction as we have a real interest in early 20th-century design, and it was fun to research interesting hotels.”

Breakdown: The first step was to create a material palette, paying attention to larger architectural details throughout the house. “The reclaimed wood at the double-height entry and the blackened hot-rolled steel stairs are very important and strong features of the house,” Lucas says. “Smaller details like the raw brass cooktop surround add unexpected interest in their refinement when juxtaposed with the more rustic textured oak cabinetry.” The show-stopping staircase has concrete treads. “It is meant to look like something you would see in an old factory,” Lucas explains. “We softened this by adding a tapered edge at the steel handrail.”

Lucas carried the material palette through to the island separating the kitchen and dining room. A custom dining table designed by Lucas is surrounded by Piet Boon KEKKE chairs, and trays by Seattle-based designer Stefan Gulassa hold plants that bring the sole touch of color to the dark palette. A Lindsey Adelman Branching chandelier hangs over the dining table. 

Get the Look: Lucas offers this succinct but effective advice:

“Stick to a limited palette, and don’t be afraid to use seemingly masculine materials.”

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