- Mikiko Kikuyama
A full trade renovation of a one bedroom 700 square foot apartment located on the West Side of Manhattan.
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An overall view of the kitchen & dining counter. Lighting alignments play a key role in our projects - here tape-in recessed lighting and surface mounted ceiling fixtures are centered on the kitchen and entry helping to frame a beautiful lithograph by the Belgian artist Pol Bury.
A three-quarter view of the kitchen and breakfast area. The lower seating area countertop is Glacier White Corian and the upper counter is Atlantic Bluestone. The chairs are vintage and reupholstered in Brushed Merino Sprig by Maharam.
The fold down dinging table in its open position. The top is American black walnut and the niche is upholstered in one of our favorite fabrics from the amazingly talented Hella Jongerius.
An action photo of the fold down table - highlighting a few of our favorites, walnut flooring @lv_wood, Hella Jongerius fabric @maharamstudio and a custom bureau built by our go to furniture builder Stephen Iino. The table build-out also houses a subwoofer speaker connected to the AV equipment in the bureau. All wiring is concealed running in a routed channel behind removable wood base.
A side view of the fold-down dining table. The table uses counterweights, concealed behind the Maharam fabric panel and was sized specifically for the apartment's ceiling height, comfortably seating four people.
Often we have to work around awkward base building conditions. We removed an existing wall between the kitchen and living room to create a more modern open space - in doing so we needed to reroute a cold water supply line which we located in a new dropped soffit - to help make visual sense of this we aligned the leading edge of the Corian counter below with the soffit above.
One of the details you can see throughout all of our projects is the concealment of the electrical outlets for the countertop appliances. This is accomplished by routing a GFCI outlet strip into the underside of the upper cabinetry. The detail keeps the tile free of duplex receptacles allowing the beauty of the backsplash to read uninterrupted. The kitchen backsplash is Calacatta mosaic tile - a splurge in an otherwise tight construction budget.
Here is a detail photo showing the beautiful Calacatta mosaic backsplash. The under-cabinet low voltage lighting and the GFCI electrical outlets are concealed in the upper cabinetry allowing for an uninterrupted backsplash. This photo also highlights the precision of the millworker on this project - all cabinet doors have a uniform 1/8" gap and are perfectly aligned.
A side view of the Corian vanity with fold-up shelf. There is a routed pull that allows you to gain purchase to raise the shelf. The GFCI outlet, located in the niche, is accessed when in the up position & when not in use the shelf folds down and nests into the niche allowing it to sit flush with the vanity side.
Space is at a premium in NYC bathrooms. To maximize this space we created a concealed fold-up shelf as part of this custom Corian vanity. This gives the owner an extra shelf on which to place items when needed but easily folds down to help keep an open feel to the room.