A Natural FitAuthor:thietkequancafe And Design
Martin Kobus achieves peace and serenity in Kentfield
WITH A CLIENT who’s an avid fan of Dutch architect Piet Boon’s work, it’s no surprise that this Kentfield project resulted in spaces that are “clean and modern, with natural tones,” says interior designer Martin Kobus. Since the client, Amy Leon, also has experience in the design industry, Kobus valued her keen eye and tapped into her innate sense of style for his vision for the rooms. The site—the house is set in the hills, amid oak trees and a private vineyard—clearly played a significant role, with indoor-outdoor flow emphasized throughout.
The kitchen, for instance, not only spills out onto a terrace but also includes a clever pass- through: A window designed by architect Steve Wisenbaker folds up for seamless access to the alfresco bar seating. Kobus’ palette of materials brings the outdoors and nature in too.
The cabinetry is unlacquered white oak matte, and gray Neolith porcelain slabs comprise the countertops and backsplash. (A hood, measuring just 24 inches deep, is concealed in the ceiling soffit.) A quartzite waterfall island, a focal point of the kitchen, is paired with leather-and-white oak stools by Space Copenhagen that “complement the woodwork beautifully,” Kobus observes.
Of the home’s six bathrooms, the master is particularly striking: The views of Mt. Tamalpais provide an initial wow moment, while an examination of the design details further impresses. The 254-square-foot space is anchored by a Badeloft freestanding soaking tub positioned in front of a series of windows. The vanity niche is outfitted with mirrors that, in addition to reflecting the environs, provide disguised storage: Medicine cabinets are behind the side mirrors. The backsplash and vanity are composed of limestone imported from Portugal, as is the flooring. “The finishes are really calm and spa-like,” says Kobus of the overall effect. – Anh-Min Le