Using Brass As a Color in the Kitchen

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Brooklyn-based design firm Workstead isn't big on color. Founders Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, both graduates of the architecture program at Rhode Island School of Design, don't rely on bright paint color to give their work its beauty. ("Too easy, no integrity.") Rather, their designs spring from "the poetic (but still very regimented) use of materials," according to Dwell. So for a client's kitchen redesign, they decided to use brass as their color.

The small kitchen comes to life with stunning, mostly subtle uses of brass, found in the drawer pulls, switch plates, around the knobs of the gas range, and most visibly, in the oversize range hood (a custom Workstead item). You'll also find it highlighted in the overhead light fixtures. Paired with a custom black walnut countertop, the handiwork of local Brooklyn craftsman Markus Barten-schlager, the kitchen radiates a chic warmth.

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