Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath designed the Best of Class winner for Large Kitchen.
Classic Contemporary A circa-1980s kitchen in Baldwin, Maryland, needed an overhaul. The owners called in Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath to transform the outdated room with a better layout and more space for storage.
Bentham replaced the original peninsula—which left dead space in the center of the kitchen—with an island that would accommodate table-style seating at one end and a cooktop at the other. He topped it with a four-inch-thick slab of Peruvian walnut; weighing in at 2,200 pounds, its transportation was the project’s biggest challenge.
Peripheral cabinets are a combination of walnut veneer and white lacquer. Counters and backsplash are statuary marble, lending a classic touch to the modern space. Storage options abound and Link pendants by LZF in a wood veneer finish the look.