At 105-square-feet, this kitchen exemplifies what a strong, well-defined architectural plan can accomplish in a small space. The architects employed several tricks that let them save inches without sacrificing the look. For example, the depth of the counter top, where the sink sits, is the standard 24” but where the counter makes the turn, they bring it down to 21”—subtle enough to trick the eye. A wall-mounted faucet was installed as a space saver.
Without much room for bells and whistles, the architects put the attention on the materials—Carrara marble counter tops and a frosted glass and lacquer cabinetry system, from Italy, which hangs dramatically upon the white tile wall. Even the floor is unique: Long thin strips of stone, laid in a herringbone pattern, lend the kitchen a chic look from top to bottom.
Though this kitchen is only 260 square feet, the design is spacious. The center island made of cherry, with open shelves on both sides and an under-mount sink, is a great asset for storage and food prep, and as a serving station. Though it appears more traditional than some in the Mullman Seidman oeuvre, the glass pocket doors and sleek refrigerator bring it up to date. Good looks and functionality were once again on the top of their minds for the architects.
To balance durability, aesthetics, and ease of use, each material was carefully chosen. The homeowners wanted simplicity so white ceramic subway tiles were chosen for the backsplash, accented by a band of gold hand-glazed and green bull nose (half round) tiles. Counters as well as the center island are topped with Pietra Cardosa, a gray sandstone that is very dense and durable. Glass doors for the upper cabinets help the homeowners find their favorite dishes with a glance.
The owners of this New York City galley kitchen asked Mullman Seidman to create a warm, yet clean-looking space. To do this, the architects chose oak cabinetry with a rich, deep walnut-ebony stain. A rule that the architects try to follow is to always cover appliances, such as dishwashers and refrigerators, in the same material as the cabinetry. “This gives the kitchen an integrated look,” says Mullman, “it’s very important that the line not be broken by another color or texture.” Here the sleek range was the exception to the rule.
To give a kitchen warmth and texture, tile and stone are Mullman Seidman’s essential ingredients. Resin Imago is the inserted panel in the upper cabinet doors. Honed Carrara marble countertops meet at a tile backsplash, which is a mosaic mix of several kinds of stone. Another striking feature here is the cabinet hardware, selected like jewelry to complete an outfit. “We don't specify the hardware before the job is built,” says Mullman. “We bring a selection to the site and see what looks right.”
This L-shaped, 130-square-foot space is sophisticated and exudes real elegance. The warm shade of blue chosen for the walls, the natural light and the luxurious materials, imbue the space with a serene and airy quality. The floor—18” squares of Calacata Luna set on the diagonal—makes the room feel larger. In consideration of the close quarters, the counter-height table is rounded on one side for safety and flat on the other for maximum space.
Tucked away with the dishes, a space was set aside for the microwave. The glass-fronted cabinet doors are treated to fabric, hung snugly inside the glass. This European-style approach is pleasing to the eye and adds to the calm atmosphere of the statuary marble.
A structural column in the center of the kitchen could have hindered the 225-foot layout—but Mullman Seidman used it to their advantage. It serves as an anchor for a small table for three, a real in a New York City space. The table is made of Corian and has a cherry wood border that matches the cherry cabinetry. A classic Danish pendant light, the Poulsen PH-5, was chosen for its glare free design. The pillar was also cleverly made into a decorative storage section on two sides.
To finish the end cabinet, the Pietra Cardosa stone countertop wraps the base. The inset panel in the upper cabinet doors is Knoll’s trademarked material, Imago—a fabric that appears to be floating in glass, but is encased in resin. The cork floor is a favorite of Seidman’s, chosen she said, “for its resilience and comfort.”