Kitchen of the Week: A Communal Kitchen/Library at the Jennings Hotel

Previously we featured the five-room, Kickstarter-funded Jennings Hotel (see Labor of Love: The Jennings Hotel in Joseph, Oregon). Today we take a closer look at its communal kitchen and library, jointly designed by Matt Pierce of Wood & Faulk and Ben Klebba of Phloem Studio, both in Portland, Oregon.

Hotel guests use the light-filled room for reading, listening to records, cooking, and engaging in conversation—”all the things I hoped would happen and more,” said hotel owner Greg Hennes. “It’s been a dream to see community and friendship develop around the space.”

Photography by and courtesy of Greg Hennes.

Above: The kitchen is anchored by custom oak cabinets by Phloem Studio, topped with quartz countertops. On the back wall are two [product id="617589"]Hand-Painted Yellow Cutting Boards[/product] by M. Crow & Co., suspended from oxidized cherry hanging pucks with leather cord. Above: The lights above the kitchen are Rejuvenation’s [product id="599706"]Rose City Six-Inch Pendants[/product] with [product id="617590"]14-Inch Eastmoreland Shades[/product]. The trash can is from Rubbermaid’s [product id="617591"]Defenders[/product] line.
Above: The plates, bowls, and cups are a mix of garage-sale finds and work by Portland ceramicist Addy Kessler. The open shelves are made of fir planks with off-the-shelf brackets.
Above: Hanging from S-hooks on a simple brass rod: a [product id="617592"]Hand-Painted Cutting Board With Bronze Hook[/product] from M. Crow & Co., garage-sale mugs, and an [product id="617593"]Iris Hantverk Horsehair Handle Brush[/product]. Above: The communal oak dining table is a custom piece by Phloem Studio, surrounded by [product id="601285"]Tolix Marais Armchairs[/product]. Above: Over the dining table hangs Rejuvenation’s [product id="617594"]Haleigh Eight-Inch Three-Light Multipendant[/product] in gloss white. [product id="617595"]Falcon Ceiling Fans[/product] keep the air moving.
Above: A sharing library of books and records sits on shelves of locally milled fir with brackets by Phloem Studio. Before Above: When Hennes first viewed the building in 2010, several years before he bought it, the ceilings had been dropped to 8.5 feet high and a wall divided the kitchen from the rest of the room. Above: They demolished the kitchen; it had been poorly constructed and only the plumbing was usable. Above: Hennes had the ceilings raised to a height of 12 feet.
See more Pacific Northwest kitchens in Rehab Diaries: An Oregon Kitchen with a Dose of Downton Abbey and Scandi in Seattle: A Midcentury Makeover with Lots of Affordable Ideas.

N.B. This post is an update; the original story ran on July 21, 2016.
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