Manhattan Loft Kitchen: Before + After
I’m so excited to share one of my recently completed projects, the kitchen of a Manhattan Loft Apartment. I designed the entire residence and still need to have professional photography done for the MANDARINA STUDIO website but thought I’d post this snapshot in the meantime to show a ‘Before’ & ‘After’. Some background about the project: The client is a young single entrepreneur who leads a busy professional and social life; he often works from home and entertains there as well. The apartment is a duplex with the bedroom and terrace upstairs, but the main living area is an open plan loft style space. Since the kitchen is open to the dining and living areas, the concept was to create a seamless, clean aesthetic that is contemporary, stylish with a bit of whimsy and fun!
Obviously, the before photo illustrates the many problems of the original kitchen, namely the country cabinetry, fascia that shields awkward spot lights (I still don’t understand this design), vinyl tile flooring and the disjointed overall appearance by the combination of stainless steel appliances with the white cabinets; the space is just too small for this to be successful. Given that this is a small kitchen (typical in Manhattan), my goal was to limit the amount of materials and ensure that they compliment the finishes in the adjacent living and dining areas.
The idea was simple: dark cabinets on the bottom to coordinate with some dark finish furniture in the adjacent rooms and light on top for a fresh, light look. The wood base cabinets are actually a very dark gray while the top cabinets are a combination of white finish wood and back painted glass. It is not evident in the photo but all of the wood cabinets have a beautiful horizontal texture finish that is quite unique and more interesting than the standard. The combination of built-in appliances, wood panels on the face of appliances and elimination of cabinetry hardware creates a very streamlined, clean aesthetic which is further accomplished with the white Caesarstone countertops. The peninsula bar was added for extra storage and to provide a serving space for entertaining. The vinyl tile was replaced with wood that continues from the rest of the space. Lastly, the glass backsplash done in green adds a bit of fun! Would love to hear your thoughts.