Hard-edge modernism + checkerboard marble floor + eating bar with a view
It’s not unusual to find metal and glass kitchen cabinets in New York apartments – certain buildings constructed early in the 20th century are known for them. Perhaps it was a practical matter, since metal cabinets were fireproof and high rise kitchens often lacked modern ventilation.
Today’s equivalent is the all-stainless kitchen, sometimes minimalist and pedigreed (from the likes of Boffi or Bulthaup) or having the beefy restaurant style of this gem by designers Wayne Nathan and Carol Egan, of Nathan Egan.
The usual rap on stainless kitchens is their coolness. The iconic SubZero Pro 48 glass-door refrigerator-freezer certainly pushes that aesthetic and clearly is a nod to cuisinary eye candy.
Across the room (and barely visible) a pro-style range and microwave have been worked into the elaborate cabinetry. But there’s more at work here than hard-edge modernism and default appliance lust. Ivory walls and counters warm up the metal and help create a serene color scheme emphasized by the dramatic gray-and-white marble checkerboard floor.
In the center of the space, a mid-century table and chairs turns up the temperature to a honey-colored glow that gives this kitchen a soft core and pushes back the chill. So intrigued by the graceful chairs, I found myself hardly noticing the open city views framed by the big picture window that provides natural light and a sense of place — plus an eating counter with a view! Usually, I’m satisfied with a virtual kitchen view but something tells me that “pie in the sky” takes on real meaning in this space.
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