Glass Ceiling Kitchen

glass ceiling kitchen - kitchen with glass ceiling, La Cornue range and 3 cabinet styles - tradhome via AtticmagA designer’s culinary work space, a glass ceiling kitchen is built to satisfy artistic aspirations as well.

In this home in suburban Connecticut, a personal vision based on travels to France combined with a love for European furniture inspired a blockbuster glass ceiling kitchen. With its own language of ideas and surfaces and a budget sufficient to transform the dream into reality, this kitchen is truly unique. Chief among the many striking features is a complex steel and glass ceiling that resembles a greenhouse. There’s an imposing black La Cornue range with hood to match. An island cabinet, styled like antique English furniture, also houses a stainless steel prep sink and features a teak-wood top. Mounted on the island is an unusual set of polished nickel and glass bistro shelves.

glass ceiling kitchen - Passage Verdeau, Paris 9e - google images via atticmagActually, the ceiling is patterned after the Passage Verdeau, one of Paris’ mid-19th century shopping arcades with a transparent roof and skylight.

glass ceiling kitchen - detail of the glass and steel kitchen ceiling with lighting - tradhome via AtticmagBut the kitchen’s ceiling is not an actual skylight. It is a faux skylight that projects up into attic space where there is some natural light. To add to the effect, the attic ceiling is painted glossy white and there is lighting from above as well as below.  A mix of black-painted track lights and handsome hanging lanterns appear to be part of the ceiling frame.

glass ceiling kitchen - La Cornue range wall in kitchen with French style glass ceiling and antique furniture style island - tradhome via atticmagWhite-painted perimeter cabinets have marble counters and include furniture details such as the plinth-style bases (instead of toe-kicks). Corner chest-on-chest cabinets seem  especially refined. Just look at how those mirrored doors help reflect the light and provide a glimpse into the breakfast room!
glass ceiling kitchen - detail of burled walnut and banded mahogany kitchen island on legs - tradhome via atticmag

The richness of the island cabinetry comes from panels of burled walnut veneer banded by mahogany. Rather than being anchored into the reclaimed wood floor, it sits on fluted legs connected by half-moon stretchers.

glass ceiling kitchen - antique George III mahogany cabinet from Apter Fredericks via AtticmagThis antique George III mahogany cabinet is a prototype for the cabinet style.

glass ceiling kitchen - deep dish-storage drawers in the walnut burl kitchen island - tradhome via AtticmagDeep drawers in the island include pegs that house Villeroy and Boch Petite Fleur china.

glass ceiling kitchen - polished copper backsplash and paneled Sub Zero refrigerator in glass ceiling kitchen - tradhome via AticmagA polished copper backsplash adjacent to the paneled SubZero also helps reflect light in the kitchen. Both the refrigerator and freezer are fitted with Baldwin “Springfield” polished nickel exterior door pulls.

glass ceiling kitchen - breakfast bar styled like an English dresser with black-painted plate rack above - tradhome via AtticmagOne wall of the breakfast room, adjacent to the kitchen, is devoted to a rustic hutch — a third and far less formal cabinet style. That hutch houses a pair of U-Line refrigerator/freezer drawers concealed behind panels.  Two open sections are for basket storage and a pet feeding station. The counter top is inset with durable black granite since this counter gets heavy use. Black-painted, decorative wall shelves for dishes and mugs have a robust antique style similar to those in my post Antique to Modern Kitchen Shelves. Their height above the dresser easily accommodates appliances.

glass ceiling kitchen - breakfast room bar and hutch also includes a pet-feeding station - tradhome via AtticmagA bar sink, with filtered water faucet, serves the breakfast bar. Plumbing is visible at the back of the sweet doggie space for Gracie.

(Source: tradhome, Apter Fredericks, google images)

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15 Responses to Glass Ceiling Kitchen

  1. Terry February 20, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    Just wow and perfectly coordinated with puppy..

  2. laxsupermom February 20, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    I love everything about this kitchen! I started saving pics to my inspiration file, but just ended up bookmarking the page, because the kitchen is so fabulous in it’s entirety. Thanks for sharing.

  3. mbwife February 20, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    that ceiling! I have to admit I was disappointed it wasn’t a real glass ceiling. But what a concept!

  4. RHome410 February 20, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    Ok, the island is not really my style, but I love, love, love it and everything else in this kitchen… The breakfast area is too wonderful for words.

    Actually, everything would stay but the bistro shelf. After I knocked it down and broke it all over, I’d be just as happy without it in the way. 😉

  5. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions February 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    What a gorgeous kitchen, Jane! Thank you for sharing it! The ceiling is fantastic but I just love the whole kitchen.

  6. Jane F February 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    Haha Elaine, after you saw a display of your home baked pies and breads on that bistro shelf I think you might have a change of heart.

    mb wife, it is actually a real glass ceiling. It just isn’t open to the outside — too hot I guess — though I would give anything for half that type of ceiling and would gladly pull fabric shades across it if necessary.

  7. cat_mom February 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    Oh my–what a cool kitchen! Totally not my preferred style, but I could adjust! Not only that ceiling, but the space, the cabinets (that wood!), I could deal with it! :-)

  8. ChanaGoanna February 22, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    One of my all-time favorite kitchens, and one of my inspiration pics for my range wall! I thought the backlit glass ceiling idea was so clever. Hadn’t seen the other side of the kitchen before–how beautiful! So glad you featured this one.

  9. Jane F February 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    This kitchen is just loaded with super refined ideas. My favorite is the breakfast bar base.

  10. marthavila February 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    That’s gotta be one of the best kitchens I have ever seen in my life! Unbelievable . . . and yet there it is. Right on the pages of AM. I love the bistro shelf! And, the bar sink!. And, of course the ceiling! (Although what puts this kitchen over the top, I’m sure, is Gracie!) :- Thanks so much, Jane, for these few moments of voyeuristic kitchen pleasure.

  11. emkelly August 23, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

    I personally know the builder of this fine kitchen, Ian Dowell, of Dowell Woodworking LLC in Connecticut. I would like to give kudos to the perfection in the craftsmanship…a talent often overlooked as being such an imperative component in the success of such designs.

    To contact Ian Dowell:

    Erin Kelly

    Interior Deisgner
    Westport, CT


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