San Francisco, California

Designed for a concert cellist cum underwater photographer, this kitchen in a 1910 San Francisco loft is part of a residence/gallery/recital space meant to be as public as it is private. To do this architect Jean Orino called upon Gregg De Meza, also an architect, of Soza Studio, to create a quintessential galley with furniture-like cabinetry packed with storage and integrated, built-in appliances. The resulting 20-foot single wall configuration blends into the woodwork, so to speak, in a “Ceylon rosewood” veneer, actually a different fast-growing species, dyed and layered in sheets, then cut to create a grain pattern that resembles the real thing. The backsplash is an acid-etched ebony glass. The light valance keeps the LED fixtures from view. A bright aluminum ceiling duct complements the dark, architectural cabinetry and recalls the building’s industrial past.

Jean Orino

Cabinets and stainless steel counter:
Sozo Studio “Space” Kitchen



Vent hood, oven, and dishwasher:

Faucet and soap dispenser: