A small galley kitchen is usually not a favorite, due to sparse counter space, storage shortages and cramped quarters. But this Manhattan apartment is sure to alter that preconceived notion since its design helps to make the most of limited space. Two unbroken runs of base cabinets provide ample storage below the counter and good prepping surface on the marble. At the end of the run, adjacent to a door, the curved end cabinet is left open at the bottom. That helps the compact aisle feel wider upon entering, saves hips from bruises, and provides a spot for a trash can near the apartment’s back service door.
The classic cabinet style is enhanced by an apple green lacquered finish, vintage style glass knobs, French furniture-style feet, and statuary marble counters with a double ogree edge. There are no upper cabinets and open shelving is unusual for a kitchen. Instead of wood, brass and glass retail shelving gives the kitchen French bistro feel, in keeping with the cabinet style. Walls behind the glass shelves are mirrored to catch the light and a raised ceiling adds height and also helps the room feel larger. A vintage framed mirror adds interest above the freestanding range and allows the cook to see what’s happening elsewhere while standing at the stove.
Instead of a range hood, the owner selected a downdraft, another design choice that keeps the room from feeling confined by a vent hood taking up wall space. In most kitchens, the logical place for the sink is under the window. In this galley that’s in the way of the oven but New Yorkers are accustomed to such accommodations in early 20th century kitchen spaces which, often, are merely 8-feet wide. Still, this efficient kitchen is packed with design punch and proves that good things really can come in small packages.
(Source: Greeson and Fast Design)
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