Jessie Miller, of Jessie D. Miller Design, was charmed by this stylish kitchen made by Chicago-based firm Summer Thornton Design. Framed in white-painted brick, with touches of rustic and fine woods throughout, the design represents a departure for Thornton, who’s known for her use of color and feminine florals. Here, however, her facility for blending styles and materials is beautifully on display. “The range of finishes is balanced and nothing feels too designed,” Miller says. That effortlessness, coupled with a deep sense of luxury, creates intimacy even though the space is large: “I love the adjoining sunroom. I can imagine sitting there and having my coffee in the morning,” says Miller. The island resembles a piece of antique furniture, and conjures up the image of a family “baking Christmas cookies there together,” she says. “Overall, the kitchen appears as if it’s been there for years.” It’s a sensory space, says Miller, “which I think is what cooking’s all about.”
The Piero Lissoni HIDE Tall Units changed Susan Bower’s perspective on kitchen storage. The matte two-tone brown cabinets, with stainless steel ladder-pull handles are built into the wall, maximizing space and imparting a minimalist feel. “They’re an elegant solution to storage,” says Bower, noting the depth of the cabinets, which permit storage of an oven, microwave, or, as Bower sees it, the kitchen sink. “It leaves the possibility that you could just cram all the dirty dishes in there, close the doors, walk away, and not have to deal with them,” she says, laughing. Every couple of years, Bower, founder of Bower Leet Design, travels to Milan, which is how she became acquainted with the design company. “In the U.S., we don’t think about doing tall cabinets as much as the Europeans do,” she says. “We seem to be stuck on the base cabinet, the countertop, and the wall cabinets.” This new approach to organization has inspired Bower’s work, in which she strives to “respect the principles of solving some things simply and elegantly.”
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Cut from the Same Cloth
“Turkey Tracks” is a 19th-century quiltmaking pattern that has the appearance of little wandering feet. Patterns like the tracks, and their traditions and myths, have been passed down through the generations, from their frontier beginnings to today, where a generation of makers has embraced the material as a means of creating something new. Olivia Jondle is one such designer. Here, she’s taken an early turkey track-pattern quilt, cut it into various shapes, and stitched the pieces together, adding calico and other fabric remnants as needed. The result is a trench coat she calls the Pale Calico Coat. Her designs are for sale at The Rusty Bolt, Jondle’s small-batch fashion company based in St. Louis. —SAMANTHA STEVENSON
A background in sculpture trained artist Aly Ytterberg to see objects more fully.
A Modern Story
How a little log cabin went from being a home to a guest house
IN GOOD TIME
With the help of interior designer Robert Idol, a Kirkwood couple creates a home that pays homage to the past, yet feels just right for their modern young family.
"Food Raconteur” Ashok Nageshwaran wants to tell you a story.
The Right Move
New shops and showrooms bring exciting opportunities for local designers, makers, and arts organizations to sell their wares to home enthusiasts here and everywhere.
Painter and gardener Lauren Knight branches out.
Chris Mower of White Stable Farms discovered the Japanese style of gardening in Italy. Now, he’s bringing it to St. Louis.
Letters, icons, and illustrations that speak in a hand-drawn language
AUDRA's New Digs
Audra Noyes, of the Saint Louis Fashion Fund Incubator’s first class, opens an atelier in Ladue.
Farming Grows Up
A group of startups raises lettuce, tomatoes, and berries in high-rise plant factories. The founders aren’t farmers; they’re technologists who have shown that even the most grounded industry can be radically reinvented.
Evolution of the App
The introduction of the iPhone in 2007—or, more specifically, Apple opening its App Store to third-party developers in 2008—turned out to be one of the most consequential developments ever to hit the home automation market.
Traditional dowel joints have fallen out of favor for good reason.
WINTER OF DISCONTENT
The hot stove could quickly turn to deep freeze
TOXIC MASCULINITY WHISKEY
While many veteran-owned businesses are small or fledgling, this one truly puts the start in “start-up.”
Bust the Police Unions
THEY’RE A CONSISTENT FORCE OF ORGANIZED RESISTANCE TO CALMER, SAFER, LESS AGGRESSIVE POLICING.
THIS 150 MPH HOT ROD CHANGED HISTORY
Stu Hilborn (1917-2013) was one of the pioneers of hot rodding and the performance parts industry.
UF/IFAS: Parasite Introduced by Invasive Pythons Threatening Native Florida Snakes
STATE OF THE ARTS
We celebrate a sampling of local artists who’ve been cut off from their clientele by COVID-19.
SIX KEYS TO UNLOCKING UPSKILLING AT SCALE
Research suggests that with the right mind-set, technological literacy, and community engagement, you can shepherd your entire workforce into the digital future.