One of the first and most treasured photos in my my original “Kitchens We Love” photo album — the basis for Atticmag — is this 1920s-style kitchen with all the features that set a standard for renovation. It has been widely copied and often is referred to as “old world,” perhaps for the lack of a more accurate description.
The basic concept is based on white perimeter cabinets and a black island with decorative pilasters and an overhanging area that provides bar-stool seating. There are double tier cabinets, some with glass fronts and others with solid doors plus a white-subway tile backsplash. Neutral counters — in this case Blanco Kinawa granite — is the yin (along with Carrara marble) to the yang of black stone counters.
The kitchen also features stainless steel sinks under-mounted — a double-bowl main sink and prep sink in the island with an English-style bridge faucet with gooseneck spout, lever handles and offset legs. Cabinets sport bin pulls, another default feature. There is a built-in refrigerator, pro-style range and oak floor. An old-fashioned lantern pendant light over the island supplements rececessed ceiling cans — period lantern lights in various shapes and sizes are a trend of their own.
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