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July 24, 2013
Originally published in Designers at Home
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Chef d'Oeuvre
Architect Janet Bloomberg infused a mid-century kitchen with her 21st-century taste to create a whimsical yet thoughtful new space.
Before kitchen 1950 home
The original kitchen in the 1950 home was cramped and dingy, forcing architect Janet Bloomberg to reimagine the space and open it up to the rest of the living area.
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Modern kitchen renovation with dark concrete counter and blue cabinets
A dark concrete counter and blue laminate cabinets surround the Jenn-Air microwave drawer in architect Janet Bloomberg’s kitchen. The pendant hanging above the table is a Tejido Round Suspension from Artemide. Photo by: Greg Powers
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Modern neon green and blue kitchen cabinets
The eye-popping laminated cabinets are from Abet Laminati in Bloomberg's favorite colors. The gray walls are made from Viroc, a substance typically used to underlay other building materials. Photo by: Greg Powers
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Modern dining area with red table and pendant ball light
A new dining table, made from a leftover acrylic slab by 3form, sits on just the other side of the kitchen workstation. Photo by: Greg Powers
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Before kitchen and dining space
Here's another before look at the kitchen and dining space. What's most amazing is that Bloomberg didn't move any rooms or alter the footprint of the house during her renovation. She merely modernized the existing layout and refreshed the furniture and fixtures.
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Modern dining room with gray sofa and wooden floors
Today, Bloomberg's living room flows naturally into the kitchen. The living room's floor-to-ceiling glass windows offer loads of natural light to a previously tucked-away kitchen. The yellow wall and a few classic pieces of furniture from the modernist canon complete the renovation. Photo by: Greg Powers
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Before kitchen 1950 home
The original kitchen in the 1950 home was cramped and dingy, forcing architect Janet Bloomberg to reimagine the space and open it up to the rest of the living area.

Architects often prod their clients to take chances, but there are some lines that few are willing to cross, like candy-colored kitchen cabinets playing off walls made from particleboard.

But architect Janet Bloomberg, of the Washington, DC, firm Kube Architecture, became her own willing guinea pig when she and her husband, Sean, purchased a Charles Goodman–designed home in Silver Spring, Maryland. Bloomberg gutted the interiors to make way for her vision of industrial Pop art.

“The big, important things to me are materials and color,” she says. “I wanted to make a happy kitchen.”

Departing from all the “wood kitchens” she designs for clients, Bloomberg had her cabinetmaker craft laminate cabinets from Abet Laminati in shades of pale green and turquoise—her favorite hues. “In the shop, they were calling these the Crayola cabinets,” Bloomberg says. But, framed within black-tinted concrete counters and gray and black walls made from Viroc, a cement-and-wood particleboard that usually serves as an underlay for other building materials, the look became modern and chic.

Add a built-in table made from an orange 3form acrylic slab, left over from another job, and the picture is complete: “We have made it a fun place for our family—a very welcoming place.”

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