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summary Jon de la Cruz Kitchen of the Year Kitchen Island

To praise the tenth yearly House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year, San Francisco designer Jon de la Cruz threw together a diversion changing cook space deserving of the event. Stacked with the most recent culinary comforts, helps and smart customizations, it's a future-forward kitchen that doesn't overlook the past — that is an upbeat commemoration, indeed!

Jon de la Cruz 2017 Kitchen of the Year Pantry

Kitchen Island

For a contort on the conventional in a San Francisco kitchen, designer Jon de la Cruz picked Caesarstone in sharpened Raw Concrete with an unpleasant cut edge. The weathered– white oak island is by JWH Design and Cabinetry with Architects Millshop. The smooth Matthew Quinn Collection unlacquered-metal equipment will take on a patina after some time. Memphis sinks, American Standard. Minta fixtures and pot filler, Grohe. Andromeda pendants, Troy Lighting. Custom pot rack, Jefferson Mack. Cookware, The Mine. Floor tiles, Haussmann Natural Stone.

Jon de la Cruz Kitchen of the Year Kitchen Island


Preparing eatery gauge suppers for a group runs quicker with Thermador's 60-inch Pro Grand range, which incorporates six burners, a steam/convection broiler, an electric frying pan and a flame broil. To add character to the space, de la Cruz utilized two completes on the cupboards: weathered white oak, and Farrow and Ball's Cornforth White paint in Modern Eggshell. "You see that sort of make-do cobbling together in old kitchens," he notes. The vent hood, which de la Cruz designed, is zinc with a darkened wrap up. The iridescent backsplash tiles are an upcycled item from Fireclay Tile, which coats thin blocks with a shiny covering. Thermador Freedom refrigerator.

Jon de la Cruz 2017 Kitchen of the Year

Overhead Lighting

The bothered bronze of the Altamont pendants from Hudson Valley Lighting echoes the grays of Thibaut's Treviso Marble backdrop. "Since you can see the straight," says de la Cruz of the house in the Pacific Heights neighborhood, "I needed hues reminiscent of the mist and mists coming in from the water."

Jon de la Cruz 2017 Kitchen of the Year

Kitchen Sink

De la Cruz expanded the stout 1¼-inch-thick Caesarstone counter up the divider to the base of the window to make an edge. "You can stop a cleanser gadget there or utilize it to hold a glass of wine while you're cooking," he says. A cutting edge turn on farmhouse style, DXV's stainless steel Hillside sink limits sprinkles with its 10-inch profundity. The Blue Pure fixture by Grohe with worked in water purifier is accessible at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery.Trim painted in Farrow and Ball's Off-Black. Roman shade in a Élitis texture with Samuel and Sons' Cambridge level twist trim. Cutting sheets, The Mine.

Jon de la Cruz 2017 Kitchen of the Year Sink

Appliance Garage

Housing the toaster and coffeemaker in a machine carport decreases counter clutter.

Jon de la Cruz 2017 Kitchen of the Year Appliance Garage

Special Shelf

A spring-stacked rack flies up from a base cupboard to easily convey a stand blender to counter tallness — no hard work required. The Thermador Professional Series Triple Combination broiler stacks a microwave, convection stove and warming cabinet into a solitary vertical unit.

Jon de la Cruz 2017 Kitchen of the Year

Smart Home System

The lighting is controlled and altered with Leviton's remote Decora Smart home-robotization framework. It adjusts with Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa for voice enactment. Free applications let you issue summons by means of cell phones, tablets and shrewd watches.

Jon de la Cruz 2017 Kitchen of the Year

China Cabinet

The wire-work entryways on the JWH Design and Cabinetry china bureau gesture to old fashioned pie safes. The framing is in Farrow and Ball's Cornforth White.

Jon de la Cruz 2017 Kitchen of the Year

Open-Shelf Pantry

Grothouse's additional tall dark walnut racking "underlines the 12-foot roofs," de la Cruz says. Wash room containers and marks, Blisshaus. Vernon picture lights, Hudson Valley Lighting.

Jon de la Cruz 2017 Kitchen of the Year

Wine Fridge

At a smaller 24 inches wide, the Thermador Freedom wine chiller holds 80 bottles in two temperature zones. Mounted on the underside of the Grothouse racks, CSL's vitality sparing LED lights won't blur or stain workmanship, so sketches and photos can be shown stress free.

Jon de la Cruz 2017 Kitchen of the Year Breakfast Nook

Breakfast Nook

A Lee Industries banquette is shrouded in the organization's Harness cowhide. "Spills wipe off," says de la Cruz, "and burger joints can easily slide in and out." The back pads are upholstered in vintage Belgian flour sacks. Timeworn and solid, the eighteenth century Italian chestnut table "has survived many years," the designer says. "New dings and stains perpetrated by kids won't fluster it." Shearling draining stools, Lee Industries. Roxbury pendant, Hudson Valley Lighting. Dinnerware, Lenox. Cushions, Sortie. Nestra jute floor covering, Ben Soleimani for Restoration Hardware.

Jon de la Cruz 2017 Kitchen of the Year

Durable China

Banded in platinum, Kate Spade New York's dishwasher-safe Gardner Street china is ordinary practical.

Jon de la Cruz 2017 Kitchen of the Year


The kitchen's dark, white and dim palette is repeated on the yard, where the in the open air seating region feels like an augmentation of the indoor space. The Hamilton created press love situate, relax seats and stool from Woodard, upholstered in Outdura's sun-and water-safe Glee Granite texture, can withstand the Bay Area's famously variable climate. Pads, Woodard. Dinnerware, Lenox.

Jon de la Cruz 2017 Kitchen of the Year

The Designer

Jon de la Cruz, who opened his eponymous firm in 2015 following two decades working with a portion of the city's best designers, in the home's entrance. Read more about his motivation for this kitchen here.See something here you like? Look at our shopping guide for where to discover it.This story initially showed up in the October 2017 issue of House Beautiful.

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