The new Bobby Berk headquarters are giving a new meaning to work from home, as we’ve transformed a 1970s Spanish house into our office space. And since this isn’t your typical work environment, it only makes sense that we would have untraditional office features – including a full kitchen and dining room! And it’s time to see all the design details behind both of those rooms.
When you think of most office kitchens and dining areas, you might envision a microwave, coffee maker, and modest table and chairs. But we’ve gone way above and beyond at Bobby Berk HQ, creating a chef-worthy kitchen and dreamy dining room that elevates the office lunch hour. So get ready to feast on all the design details!
Learn about even more details on this project! Check out Announcing Our Latest Project: The Renovation Of The New Bobby Berk Office, and Bobby Berk Headquarters: The Entry, Stairs & Living Room
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Out of all the rooms at our HQ, the kitchen is certainly the most dramatic before and after! A tiny, cramped, and dated kitchen (that was closed off from the rest of the main floor) was totally transformed for the 21st century with chic materials, modern appliances, and an organic modern look. With the walls down, we needed to add some structural beams as support, so we turned to Ross Allen Lumber, bringing in reclaimed wood that brought a rustic but refined aesthetic. We were also able to add a stunning and extensive new island, clad in white Calacatta Extra marble by Daltile. It’s a stunning showpiece in this kitchen, complete with leather Steelcase counter stools, and creates a beautiful contrast with the minimal black cabinetry from Unique Kitchens & Baths. On the reverse side of the island, we added an unexpected and elevated material – brass – in the form of cabinet fronts from Reform. The brass details also continue throughout, in the flush mount lights, unlacquered brass bridge faucet from Kallista, and the West Slope Appliance pulls and Perles cabinet knobs from Rejuvenation.
To bring in more organic touches, we opted for a weathered white zellige tile from Cle for the backsplash. The handmade tiles are a handsome and hardworking touch. And speaking of organic, the Marvin pasthrough window over the sink completely folds open – connecting the kitchen to the nature in the backyard – and making it easy to serve after-work cocktails on the patio!
And let us not forget the most important part of a functional kitchen: the appliances. We turned to Build with Ferguson, who had exactly what we needed to execute the streamlined look we were going for. The panel front Dacor fridge and freezer seamlessly blend in with the cabinetry (as does the dishwasher). Instead of your typical range, we chose to break things up, adding a combo Dacor wall oven and microwave, and a Dacor gas cooktop that sits in the center of the island. Also missing – a large range hood. We went with a retractable downdraft hood instead, keeping the space more open and making it ideal for filming cooking content. (stay tuned for that!)
Shop The Kitchen
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Directly connected to the kitchen, the dining room is suited for a casual team lunch, a serving full-on spread, or for shooting any sort of table-setting content. New Marvin French doors help to bring in plenty of natural light – and open up directly to the backyard. Equal parts sculpture and piece of furniture, the Elysees round dining table from Sherrill Furniture Brands perfectly fits the size of the space and makes a statement with a honed travertine top. For seating, we repeated the circular motif and brought in black with the Mattiazzi Solo Chair from Steelcase. A framed “Snare” art print from Tappan brings a bit of interest into the corner, while overhead, a simple but striking brass pendant light from Katy Skelton ties the whole room together.
Stay tuned next week when we bring you all the design info on the rest of the main floor of Bobby Berk HQ!