As part of this kitchen remodel, project planner and designer Adrienne Morgan of Mosby Building Arts, in Kirkwood, Mo., designed a dining table with a lighted pedestal to provide the clients with a place to entertain and to display their collection of Lalique glass.
Designer Adrienne Morgan used three types of glass for the pedestal: frosted on the surface, a clear top, and reeded glass on the sides. The pedestal's stainless steel columns were made off-site, but were designed to be adjustable for level field installation.Photo: Toby Weiss The remodel included upgrading the kitchen cabinets from white Thermofoil to cherry while keeping the granite countertops. Though the home owners had a table in the adjacent dining area, guests rarely used it for fear of damaging the wood, so the clients wanted a built-in table topped with durable granite.
Morgan designed the table's custom base with storage accessible from two sides. To stabilize the heavy unit, the base is attached to blocking attached to the floor joists. A deep overhang provides knee space for seating, and a steel plate provides support for the tabletop overhang.
The clients did not have additional pieces of the granite used in the kitchen, so they chose a contrasting piece for the table. To provide an integrated look, Morgan used a piece of granite removed from a built-in desk, which matches the kitchen granite, for the table's display pedestal.
The homeowners wanted lighting but were concerned about access to bulbs and the lights' heat damaging the art glass. Morgan's solution was to use fiber optic lighting in the pedestal and other display areas in the kitchen. “It's good to use different kinds of lighting — it adds dimension to the project,” she says.
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