This quickfire challenge of a project on Fourth Avenue in New York City gave the client
a kitchen and bathroom to better reflect her lifestyle and personality as a career-driven
With the kitchen at just 62 square feet, she needed a more efficient use of space and
softer finishes in order to make more meals at home. A tall pantry was added for extra
storage and space for the microwave was built into an enclosed cabinet. Open shelving
also allowed the room to feel bigger while the grey tile on the floor (buffed to a matte,
concrete-like finish) and walnut on the back of the peninsula and around the refrigerator
give a warmth to the entire apartment. A bar block was added to the peninsula to
provide two different elevations, as well as storage nooks on the kitchen side.
The client requested custom-designed molding on all the doors, which gave the space
character and made it more reflective of her, as did the feminine, gently curved edges
that can be found throughout the bathroom. With a dark blue glass subway tile in there
that would inevitably clash, she was never able to hang up the artwork she’d always
wanted to. We granted her wish by transforming the bathroom into a cleaner space with
white walls and a pop of black and white graphic tile on the floor.
Overall, the design developed into a timeless aesthetic that she can be proud to call her
own for many years to come.
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