From the kitchen, the living and dining areas open out, revealing expansive views of the wooded property.
An appliance garage behind metal tambour doors keeps countertop clutter at bay.
Sagart designed two islands: one for cooking and the other for dining and washing up.
One island offers a raised bar for dining on custom stools.

5 Amazing Kitchens: Open Plan

An airy, integrated design imbues a modern kitchen with a crisp, European look

The owners of a ranch-style family house on a wooded Bethesda lot had just become empty nesters. With the idea of staying in the house long-term, they decided to integrate the kitchen with the living and dining rooms in one big open plan. They turned to Vincent Sagart of Poliform | Sagart Studio for help with the renovation. Their first move was to eliminate the interior wall that separated the kitchen from the other rooms. The resulting space offers both southeast and northwest exposures, providing, as Sagart describes it, “wonderful light all the time.”

The couple wanted a clean, contemporary look that would complement their Mid-Century Modern house. They also wanted the kitchen to be functional and easy to maintain. Sagart juxtaposed cabinetry by Poliform Varenna in a deep-grained spessart oak veneer with crisp, white Silestone countertops. “I wanted to work with a simplified selection of materials—wood, stone and steel,” he says. 

He created several work areas, including a double island with a bar of spessart oak that floats above its Silestone-clad counterpart. The other island holds the Wolf cooktop, while peripheral cabinetry houses Miele dishwashers, Wolf convection ovens and a Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer drawers. 

In the corner by the bank of windows, a banquette and a steel table create a comfortable breakfast nook that takes advantage of the wooded views.

The Silestone backsplash is bisected by an open shelf made of oak. “The shelf allows things to be reachable without cluttering the countertop,” explains Sagart. Brown-hued roller shades further unify the space.



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Sustainable Style
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Visual Balance
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Contemporary Classic
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