This is the third and final in our Setai Series. Here, designers Jim and Phoebe Howard create a lavish home for Erica and Harry — a playwright and hip-hop music executive who combine their lives uptown in 2003's Something's Gotta Give.
Bizzi & Partners, developer of the new Setai — high-rise hotel/condo near the Empire State Building — hosted this years Design Visions: Cinema Style! Encouraged by co-sponsor, the Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting, designers chose their favorite New York movies and designed over-the-top apartments with the movie's stars as their imagined clients.
The whole idea of this kitchen and dining area is to create as many opportunities for social interaction as possible. This couple often entertains. The kitchen is visually accessible from the dining table and vica versa. The kitchen itself has seating for informal dining as well as for friends to keep the chef(s) company while at the stove.
Upon entering this apartment for the first time, I was instantly drawn straight to the open kitchen and to the cookbooks on display there — curious to learn what the designers had projected as Erica and Harry's favorites. This wasn't just a show kitchen. More than any other factor, this lineup of books on the counter made the space seem like a living space and one that was actively used on a regular basis.
As in all of the Setai apartments, the appliances are seamlessly incorporated into the cabinetry and overall design, presenting a very functional space camouflaged within a very sleek and flush exterior.
The countertop, backsplash, and island are Haiku by Silestone Natural Quartz.
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(Images: Jill Slater)