Photo courtesy of Quigley Architects
“We hope for clients who can communicate the spirit or feeling of what they are after.” —Tim Quigley, principal, Quigley Architects
When an empty nester couple went looking for the perfect kitchen for their custom-built house in the Morningside neighborhood of Edina, they turned to friend and architect Tim Quigley, principal at Quigley Architects. Along with senior project architect Bob LeMoine, Quigley set out to create a modern space for the architecturally cultured couple—she is an architectural historian; he is a filmmaker and photographer.
Top of mind for the homeowners was ample storage, natural light that incorporated the outdoors, and an open flow to the family room. To accomplish this, Quigley selected a center island that defines the kitchen area while maintaining its strong connection to the family room. High ceilings and clerestory windows in the kitchen and family room maximize natural light throughout the space. “[The windows] animate the space and allow it to transcend the ordinary,” Quigley says.
The light adds warmth, as does the maple finish of the floors and cabinets, which is offset by a light blue wall color, porcelain tile backsplash, and black quartz countertops.
With entertaining in mind, a cooktop embedded into the island allows the cook to chat with family and guests as he or she prepares meals. The kitchen’s open floor also provides a commanding view of the adjacent family room and backyard terrace.
The design met the homeowners’ expectations of both everyday functionality and entertaining ability. “We hope for clients who can communicate the spirit or feeling of what they are after but who aren’t prescriptive,” says Quigley. That way, he says, designers can employ their expertise to meet the clients’ goals for their space.