When the top floor of a 1915 hotel was converted to a loft, this kitchen took on the early 20th C industrial vibe.
Concrete floors and Depression era light fixtures are elements of an elegant industrial-style kitchen distinguished by a simple color scheme and the warmth of recycled and salvaged wood. But the kitchen takes a principal theme from the original, double-hung metal windows and trim — painted nearly black using Pratt and Lambert Obsidian. Contrasting walls done in Ralph Lauren’s Flour Sack white set the stage for the room which, having no real color, depends on the play of light and dark in concert with textures of the various surfaces.
The sink [top] sits below one window at the end of a long wall that also houses the Lacanche range. The oversize, custom marble farm sink was centered below the window and set off by Vermont Soapstone counters and custom slab-front cabinets made from reclaimed vinegar-vat wood with exceptionally mellow aged figuring. A Rohl country-style faucet sits demurely on the sink deck.
Combining the kitchen and dining areas seemed natural once the antique refectory table, with 14 drawers, was discovered at Kansas City’s Architectural Salvage. Finding a dining table that’s just the right size was key since that does double duty as a kitchen work table. Depression style Holophane globe lights were salvaged and used throughout the apartment and mixed with plain Edison bulb pendants over the table.
Across the kitchen, adjacent to the refrigerator a shallow stainless steel utility sink was fabricated and fitted with a filtered water faucet and retro-style Chicago faucets. The open area below the sink provides equipment and bucket storage while the sloped side makes it the sink perfect for cleaning large flat objects, cutting flowers and even bathing grandbabies or pets. Roy L:ichtenstein’s 1964 turkey screen-printed on a shopping bag sits above the sink.