The owner of this atelier-ish apartment wanted a kitchen that was top-of-the-line, latest technology, fully functional... but that was as unobtrusive as possible. The architects originally proposed a small island with additional storage space but their design was rejected.
Back to the drawing board, the architects learned that their client wasn't kidding when he expressed the desire for a kitchen with a small footprint. The result is a gorgeous, sleek alcove of a kitchen that does everything it needs to do and more.
The size of the kitchen belies the owner's interest in cooking. The client may not eat a home-cooked meal each night, but he certainly likes to bake and is more than capable of whipping up a small dinner party on little notice! In case you still have your doubts, the open shelves alongside the kitchen are lined with a treasure trove of glorious cookbooks.
At the top of a five-floor walk up in a very old-fashioned building, this apartment and kitchen — once you notice it — feel incredibly refreshing. The simplicity and starkness are liberating. The dutch oven and sparkling silver kitchen aid stand out almost as much as the incredible art on the walls. Unlike many a home in New York City, this one-bedroom's kitchen was built to use. It's powerful but understated. It knows its potential and is confident enough to whisper rather than scream what it has to offer.
Response to the Kitchn Survey
What's your cooking style? Sporadic but gourmet when I cook.
What inspires your kitchen? A fetishistic level of efficiency, simplicity, and modern convenience.
What is your favorite kitchen tool or element? My Artisan by Kitchen Aid
Best cooking advice or tip you ever received: Don't hold back.
Biggest challenge in your kitchen: Lack of noticeable pantry.
Biggest indulgence: The Gaggenau oven with automatic lowering racks.
Dream tool or splurge: This kitchen is already my splurge.
What are you cooking this week? Baked cookies.
What cookbook has inspired you the most? The encyclopedia of Italian Cooking
What's the most memorable meal you've ever cooked in this kitchen? Dinner for six!
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(Images: Jill Slater)