Large 1 bedroom apartment, Inwood, NY
Somewhere in its history, the original footprint of the kitchen had been split up with a dividing wall, creating a breakfast nook on one side and a galley kitchen on the other. As a passionate home chef, the client felt that this arrangement wouldn't suit his lifestyle, which necessitates a greater area of workable counter space and a practical layout of stove, fridge and sink. Existing water, gas and drain lines had to be observed, keeping all utilities against the same wall.
The client wanted a high drama colour scheme that felt more city chic, than rustic country.
DIVIDING WALL BETWEEN KITCHEN AND BREAKFAST NOOK
The dividing wall between galley kitchen and breakfast nook has been removed to create one large, open room. By also losing the wall between kitchen and hallway, a new space was formed, perfect for formal dining, or casual entertaining whilst the host prepares food. Consistent design elements between this new dining area and the kitchen will create a fully integrated room which maximises the once redundant square footage of the hallway. The design was careful not to overcrowd the window, which couldn't be moved due to structural reasons, as well as a pillar in the far left corner of the original breakfast nook.
A. Built In Bar / Wine Fridge H. Built In Washing Machine
B. Bench I. Farmhouse Sink
C. English Dining Table J. Built In DIshwasher
D. Built In Book Shelf K. Trash
E. French Door Refrigerator L. Gas Range
F. Full Depth Pantry / Built In Microwave
Dark green tones set against the warmth of whiskey and wood immediately evoke the spirit and atmosphere of a British gentleman's club. A high contrast palette supports the client's desire for a room that feels less country rustic and more city chic.
The colour scheme of hunter green, highlighted with polished brass, sprung from a deeper exploration into the mutual fascination and fear we hold for one of the most mystical and frightening of places - the woods. When looking through the lens of a child's eye, these vast expanses of shadow and darkness are punctured by shafts of sunlight, the stars above and of course, magic.