A couple’s dinner out at their neighborhood bistro provides just the right impetus for their restaurant-inspired kitchen renovation. The new kitchen is clean, modern, and laced with industrial touches (laboratory faucets, lab glass pendant lamps designed by Sand, stainless steel appliances) while animated by materials and crafted elements that radiate warmth: fir floors unearthed from beneath two layers of linoleum; and a fireclay farm sink made in England. Photo by Cesar Rubio.
The budget was nearly as tight as the space in this cheerful renovation of a 516-square-foot flat in Bratislava. 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. A simple, square stainless-steel sink completes the look.
Having lived in, and loved, a modern house built in 1954 in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood since buying it in 1996, architect Karen Braitmayer and her husband, marine mechanic David Erskine, recently came to realize that the house was overdue for some modifications. Braitmayer, whose firm, Studio Pacifica, specializes in universal access space planning and ADA compliance for commercial and residential projects, is a wheelchair user, as is her and Erskine’s teenage daughter. The Kohler faucet was mounted on the side of the custom sink rather than at the back, and the tip detaches and extends from the base for better ease of use. Photo by Kathryn Barnard.
Armed with a masters in architecture from Columbia University and only 3 years in the field, architectural designer Alan Y. L. Chan renovated a wreck of an apartment in an early 1900s building on the Upper East Side. The apartment, measuring just over 400 square feet, opens into the kitchen, which architectural designer Alan Y. L. Chan outfitted with a Dornbracht faucet and a sink of his own design. A concrete “ribbon” serves as the main design concept and the countertop, and continues throughout the apartment. Image courtesy Brian Riley.
Los Angeles–based architecture firm Tag Front faces the future of downtown living with an apartment that melds the compactness of a studio with the spaciousness of a loft and finds that, despite rumors to the contrary, size doesn’t matter. Two floating, open shelves above the Tag Front cast-concrete sink and Frigidaire dishwasher act as home base for plates and dishes. Photo by Baerbel Schmidt.
Tired of waiting for innovative architecture to come to San Diego, proactive architect Jonathan Segal added developer to his job description, and brought it there himself. Segal designed the kitchen cabinets; the oven and cooktop are by Gaggenau; the sink, which does triple duty and plays nicely off the Bertoia barstools, is by Franke. Photo by Randi Berez.
Mami and Ishii Hideaki prepare lunch in the cozy main building of Setsumasa and Mami Kobayashi’s weekend retreat, two and a half hours northwest of Tokyo. The room is rustic and utilitarian, with a double-decker wood-burning stove, tons of open storage, and a sink fashioned from galvanized buckets. Photo by Dean Kaufman.