Janet Bloomberg’s Mod Update on a Goodman Kitchen

I just got my issue of Dwell Magazine in the mail, with my short story on Kube Architecture‘s Janet Bloomberg and her “Modern Kitchen Renovation with Mid Century Roots.”

"Chef d'Oeuvre" is the headline on the story, with this picture filling up the entire page. All photos by Greg Powers

“Chef d’Oeuvre” is the headline on the story, with this picture filling up the entire page. All photos by Greg Powers

I had so much fun spending time with Janet at her home in Silver Spring’s Hammond Wood neighborhood, most of whose 58 homes were designed by mid-century architect Charles Goodman. She told me how she gutted most of the house—without changing its footprint or altering its signature window walls and cathedral ceilings—to make way for her own 21st century brand of modernism.

So, because the magazine only had room for the one picture above, here’s the rest of it, along with before pictures so you can see how dramatic the transformation is.

The rear of the house looks out to a patio and beyond into the heavily wooded neighborhood.

The rear of the house looks out to a patio and beyond into the heavily wooded neighborhood.

 

The living room. Much of what Janet achieved involved a re-thinking of materials and color.

The living room. Much of what Janet achieved involved a re-thinking of materials and color.

 

The built-in table is an orange 3Form slab left over from another job Janet's firm was working on. The gray walls are actually a cement particle board called Viroc, which is typically used as an underlay for other building materials.

The built-in table is an orange 3Form slab left over from another job Janet’s firm was working on. The gray walls are actually a cement particle board called Viroc, which is typically used as an underlay for other building materials.

 

Quite a change from before, huh?

Quite a change from before, huh?

 

Here's the original living room as Janet and her family inherited it.

Here’s the original living room as Janet and her family inherited it.

 

Ta Da!

Ta Da!

 

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Here’s another angle of the kitchen, as it used to be:

 

Janet got a chance to try what none of her clients would: Pop-art colors on the cabinetry—a welcome change, she says, from the typical "wood kitchen."

And now, with customized laminate cabinetry and storage in Janet’s favorite colors:
Janet got a chance to try what none of her clients would: Pop-art colors on the cabinetry—a welcome change, she says, from the typical “wood kitchen.”

The colors extend back to the bedrooms and bathrooms.

Her son's room is awash in pale blue and green, not to mention the darker shades of green outside those huge windows!

Her son’s room is awash in pale blue and green, not to mention the darker shades of green outside those huge windows!

 

The colors in the master bedroom almost exactly match the ones in the kitchen. And do you wonder what that green bump-out is?

The colors in the master bedroom almost exactly match the ones in the kitchen. And do you wonder what that green bump-out is?

 

It's an extension of the shower in the bathroom on the other side, so clever!

It’s an extension of the shower in the bathroom on the other side, so clever.

 

Here's the rest of the bath, with Janet's adorable son.

Here’s the rest of the bath, with Janet’s adorable son.

I’ve been following Kube’s work for a long time, and have always admired how they use strategic pops of color to give personality to their strong, modernist designs—an aesthetic that we’re used to seeing mostly in black and white.

What I really loved about seeing Janet’s house is that is isn’t new construction; she’s taking her mod style, as the headline says, back to its midcentury roots, paying homage to Goodman’s design but dressing it up with Kube’s signature flair. I hope you will read more about it in the September issue of Dwell!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. What an impressive transformation. I am glad this made a magazine!

  2. My husband, a realtor, has sold a lot of those mid-century homes in Silver Spring, but they always look like the “Before” photos. I love how Janet has opened up the flow in the house and added such great dashes of color.

  3. It’s extremely rare that I see an updated mid century modern home that I actually like. I’m a bit of a preservationist at heart. However, this is glorious. What a wonderful, sensitive remodel!

  4. Wow! Just love the color blocking. What a bold and refreshing use of color. Love everything about it! Will be sure to read the article in Dwell!