Because their loft is a rental, the residents of this home built everything to be removable. The computer-designed kitchen area has the feel of a ship's galley, with everything neatly stowed, yet visible and instantly at hand: It's much the definition of "ship-shape." For dinner parties, well-worn Eames shell chairs are pulled down with the help of a footstool.
Photo by: Misha Gravenor
Perhaps the most liberating move in this creative New York apartment design was to flip the position of the refrigerator from the galley wall to an adjacent space outside the kitchen proper. In one fell swoop, this strategy dramatically expanded cabinet space and added a working countertop.
Photo by: Jeremy Liebman
The centerpiece of Lukáš Kordík’s new kitchen is the cabinetry surrounding the sink, a feat he managed by altering the facing and pulls of an off-the-rack Ikea system. The laminate offers a good punch of blue, and in modernist fashion, Kordík forwent door handles in favor of cutouts. “I wanted the kitchen to be one simple block of color without any additional design,” he says.
How is a 921-square-foot, 44-level house possible? Witness Tokyo architect Akihisa Hirata’s mind-bending, shape-shifting solution to small-space living. At the top of the house, the twisting staircase sequence culminates in a compact galley kitchen, followed by an elevated dining area. Per the clients’ request, this last room abuts a south-facing terrace, overlooking a leafy shrine precinct. Expansive views from all sides of the house help it feel bigger.
Photo by: Koichi Torimura
Rolling up the sleeves done right! Dishes rest atop a shelf made from a type of textured lumber typically used for framing. The horizontal tile behind the shelf echoes the pattern and proportion of the bricks used in the hearth. The residents did nearly all of the work themselves in this DIY Seattle renovation, which was often a learning experience. "We had to be willing to roll with the punches. A dimple in the concrete counter isn’t a mistake—it adds character."
In this collection of smart designs for lofts, we check out the very clever, storage-minded kitchen shown here.