B&B Italia swivel chairs cushioned by a steel
mesh shell encircle an oval Saarinen dining table
in the breakfast room. "You feel like you're in a
nest, looking out at a beautiful landscape," says
"We found one big slab of stone, which was very exciting," says Schwartz of the 9-foot granite-covered
backsplash. "It became the focus of the room — it has movement, it has color. It's like an abstract painting.
It's amazing that it came from the earth."
The perimeter of the kitchen, in
all-white lacquer, is a collaboration
between Schwartz and John Morgan
of Perspectives Custom Cabinetry.
"I wanted the walls to go away,"
says Schwartz, making the islands
and the backsplash the centerpiece.
The cabinetry, which protrudes
about 3 inches and is framed by the
wall, hides the refrigerator and a
coffee/breakfast center, and a walk-
in pantry peeks out from behind the
ovens. The twin walnut, stainless
and granite-topped islands, one for
work space and the other with an
integrated stainless sink, are raised
on stainless-steel legs for a floating
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