Space challenges are met head on in an urban apartment.
Small galley kitchens are usually not favored due to sparse counter space, storage shortages and cramped quarters, but this Manhattan apartment is sure to alter that preconceived notion. Long runs of base cabinets provide ample storage and prepping surface. The curved end cabinet, left open at the bottom, makes the compact aisle feel wider upon entering and saves hips from bruises. The classic cabinet style is enhanced by an apple green lacquered finish, vintage style glass knobs, furniture-style feet and statuary marble counters with a double edge profile. Brass and glass retail shelving has that French bistro feel. The mirrored walls behind the shelves and a raised ceiling add height and help the room feel larger. A vintage framed mirror adds interest above the freestanding range and allows the cook to have a conversation with the reflection of guests while stirring. Instead of a range hood, the owner selected a downdraft, another design choice that keeps the room from feeling confined. The logical place for the sink is under the window – in most kitchens – but in this galley, it could cause a problem when there are two cooking. This efficient kitchen is packed with design punch proving good things really do come in small packages.