Kitchen, Marble Counter, Wood Cabinet, Light Hardwood Floor, and Recessed Lighting Zames reconfigured the apartment to improve circulation and open some of the confined rooms. What was formerly a hallway is now integrated with the kitchen. A bank of floor-to-ceiling cabinets offers storage and an island covered in carrara marble offers space for working or dining. "We embraced dark colors in the kitchen to keep a contrast with the bright white of the surrounding living areas," Zames says of the constrasting finishes. The barstools are from CB2.  Photo 2 of 10 in 10 Open Kitchen Solutions That Will Get Things Cooking from A Creative Staircase for a Compact NYC Loft