Emotion and ergonomics shaped the design plan for this weekend retreat home in Pebble Beach, CA. CHENG Design employed brass elements, coffered ceilings and warm woods throughout the home as well as a unified color palette, custom concrete fireplace surrounds, and an island featuring gull-wing cabinet doors to strike a balance between traditional elements and a modern design perspective.

The use of natural tones punctuated by eclectic details, like semi-precious stones inlaid in concrete, keep spaces unified and modern, but not minimalist. Cabinetry that opens up like a bento or puzzle box adds whimsy and surprise and provides more access to the cabinet’s interior. Concealed cabinet hinge-devices, a Venetian hand-plastered custom hood, a large Cheng-brand stainless steel sink with cutting board rails, and a slab of California figured walnut used as a bar top offer a sculptural dimension and illustrates Fu-Tung’s “emotional ergonomics” design approach.

Kitchen island, countertops, and living room fireplace surround—all in concrete designed and fabricated by Cheng Design Geocrete Shop.


Project Scope: Turn a traditional, weekend getaway house into a fresh, modern home that the client will want to reside in every day
Location: Pebble Beach, CA


March 2014
Kitchen Trends
Emotions and Ergonomics