Black Steel Custom Cabinet Kitchen

black kitchen - with Lenox steel and nickel black cabinets - Veranda via AtticmagIn a mostly black kitchen, the cabinets and matching French range turn the black and white kitchen trend inside out.

In a kitchen designed by Daniel Cuevas for a new, art-filled home in Beverly Hills, the cabinets are the key to creating the elegant luxe style. They are black and this is a black kitchen. It feels French, and just a bit Deco, but is thoroughly chic and modern.

As a trend, black kitchens come and go. We saw them in the 1960s, and again in the 1980s. Here, the black cabinets that create the look are black steel with nickel banding – a custom design from Urban Archaeology called Lenox. While the sleek base cabinets are reminiscent of La Cornue’s classic Cuisine de Château line, the uppers have unique doors composed of a nickel-tone metal mesh over a metal backing panel. That gives them the super sophisticated look of an industrial folding screen panels. To say UA’s Lenox line is exclusive is no understatement. The manufacturer’s website provides few details aside from the name and the color.

Huge steel casement windows flanking the range provide ample light and helps offset the inky counters, too. While the massive chimney hood also is black, the ceiling is high enough to swallow it up visually. In a different room, it might look like the hulk.

At night this must be a very romantic kitchen though how practical it proves for a family with three teenagers we may never know. Presumably, there is someone to maintain the black furniture and counters which tend to show every speck of lint and dust.

Paired with a black Lacanche range, and a graphic modern Ann Sacks dimensional tile range guard, this is a mix of styles that looks like no other kitchen I’ve seen. It’s unique, elegant and I love it.

(Source: Veranda)

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3 Responses to Black Steel Custom Cabinet Kitchen

  1. Silver Magpies November 15, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    That is one of the most distinctive kitchens I’ve ever seen. Amazing!

    – Nan

  2. cat_mom November 15, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    I love it, too!

    (Of course, the realist in me looked at it more critically, and then remembered how my black bathroom vanity shows EVERYTHING–every smudge, water spot, streaks….when the sun is shining through the bathroom window……)

    If the kitchen came with someone who would wipe it all down a few times a day, I’d consider it! :)

  3. Jane F @ Atticmag November 16, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    Ha! Catmom, you are so right. I almost put that into the article but in this particular case I’m sure there is ample help to deal with all that.

    This kitchen is in a family home with 3 teens. Even worse than the black, probably, is the nickel banding which will show every smudge. I’m not much for black in the kitchen after having a black granite counter in the laundry room where I see every speck of dust.

    But this is a gorgeous and unique kitchen and those cabinets will last two lifetimes.

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