We’ve recently done renderings for other designer’s kitchen projects. Although my first inclination is to work in a more modern context, when helping out colleagues I’m often involved with “classic” designs. These two SieMatic Beaux Arts kitchens are typical examples of a single-view rendering needed to supplement a high-end kitchen renovation proposal. The client may otherwise only have a plan and elevation to fully understand the design intent; renderings help the project come alive.
This first example shows how the designers integrated the cabinets into the architecture of the room. Careful planning of horizontal joints and header heights pull it all together. Spaces like this – kitchen as hub of the house with many ways in and out – can be particularly challenging to work with but they did a great job in tying it all together.
This next project came with a low ceiling and existing skylight structure, for which the designers put considerable attention into the upper cabinets to get the right proportions.
I needed to carefully draw my base layout to accurately portray the widths and heights of the design elements. Since I draw everything by hand and do everything by eye/feel (no measurements whatsoever), sometimes there are false starts where you get the angle a bit wrong and need to start over. Again I think this design solves the room’s challenges well and the interesting soffit bits keep your eye moving and make this a special room.
I’m often asked why I continue to do hand drawings when I could model in Sketchup or others and have unlimited views. Well, I do actually, but hand drawings are fun and you “wright” a design instead of just click it to life. The designer’s organic connection to the paper and the scraping medium which makes the marks (the pencils and pens) provide a feedback which is just different to working on a computer.
Another recent project was designed for a competition. I’ll share the rendering here as it is a bit more my preferred flavor of style. This is my design, from a completely white sheet of paper. Lots of care went into finishes, such as stainless steel base cabinets, black matte oak on the tall cabinets/room divider at right, the deeply-combed grey oak floor and the angled black Corian island. The idea was to place an interesting island in an otherwise basic square room to show how just a few new ideas could create a dynamic design.
The island has a polished stainless steel leg on only one side. I tested this in scale and with the massive base at the left end, it is remarkably stable. Notice the shadow lines above the shelf at left and black oak wall divider cabinets at right; I do not like taking cabinets to the ceiling and much prefer to use a shadow gap. A gap at the top expands the room visually and is easier to install.
We have been busy with some industrial design projects and helping out with the Design Philadelphia festival here in town. I’ll post more hand renderings from time-to-time so thanks for viewing and see also our Facebook page for other recent projects.