Ggem Design Co: Shortlisted for the Kitchen Design over £25,000 Award

Ggem Design Co have been shortlisted for the ID&A Awards 2014.  Their project will enter the Kitchen Design over £25,000 category.

This project was all about family and comfort, history and the promise of the future.

Alice in Wonderland informed this simple and airy Southern California kitchen remodel for our artful clients. Their special 1980‘s custom family home was ready for an update that served their functional and aesthetic needs.


Gayle and Mitch Plessner are archivists and artists, cooks, entertainers and parents of adult children. They needed a space to make all of that come together seamlessly for entertaining. They host 30 people monthly for dinners and games- and their kitchen had to be a cook workhorse, a storage BEAST and a serene and airy respite from their busy daily lives.

Gayle loves a vintage look, flush inset painted shaker cabinets were a must. A durable tile by Oceanside Glass creates easy cleanup throughout the ample work space. Classic soapstone was employed because of it’s ph neutrality and depth of character.


The couple bakes as often as they cook, surfaces were needed everywhere- and because they are California casual, guests hang out while they cook and help with clean up. Those tasks are simple with disposals and trash-pullouts in two locations and an incredibly detailed storage strategy.

Gayle collects serveware and china, we featured some on open floating shelves in the dine-in area, and some in an extremely large 1930’s frame giving the room an Alice in Wonderland moment that matches their lightheartedness. Pair that with the metallic white roman shades and drapery, a family chandelier, pensive blues and that fabulous stove and you’ve got the perfect backdrop for this family’s joyful gatherings!


The design works because of classic kitchen design principles, doubled! We relied on a big old Cape Cod captain’s mansion service kitchen for layout reference and classic feel products like the Shaw’s Fireclay sinks and Rohl faucets, and the Wolf Subzero products.


It is so wonderful to be able to create and artful display of meaningful family items. It’s a great honor! We adored the giant frame with the blue and white family china in it.

We were honored to be selected to design these special client’s home, we love to see the outcome in use when we’ve been invited to gatherings there and are thrilled to share it with you. Thank you for your consideration.