Contemporary condominium kitchen with ash cabinets, stained glass tile backsplash

Modern kitchen by Lisa Peck of LiLu Interiors with ash cabinetry, long island, quartz countertops, stained glass tile, Mies van der Rohe chairs

Mid-toned quartered maple cabinetry provides a calming backdrop ceiling, dining room, interior design, living room, real estate, room, table, gray, black
Mid-toned quartered maple cabinetry provides a calming backdrop to this contemporary interior in a new condominium. But the design, by Lisa Peck, also provides plenty of sparkle, thanks to the pendant lights, crystal-ringed downlights and custom stained glass backsplash.

Moving from a house to a condominium is not just a new way of living it can also mean a whole new approach to interior design.

When interior designer Lisa Peck of LiLu Interiors, Inc was commissioned to design this new condominium from scratch, she literally started with a blank canvas.

"The space was just a raw shell," she says. "But it was clear the kitchen was always going to be central to the concept, as it is right in the heart of the living space."

Peck says the owners knew they wanted a contemporary interior that would reflect who they are and the way they live. It also needed to incorporate key artworks and two Mies van der Rohe chairs in cream leather.

In addition to a coffee machine, the breakfast cabinetry, countertop, home, interior design, kitchen, under cabinet lighting, black
In addition to a coffee machine, the breakfast area of the kitchen has an appliance garage for a toaster and electric jug.

"These were virtually the only items brought from the former house; the design needed to be a foil for the cream chairs. This determined the backdrop of mid-toned cabinetry in warm quartered maple. It was important to make the space feel grounded and calm, rather than light and floating with too many light cream tones. The dark flooring helps to anchor the space visually there is a gradual lightening from the floor to the cabinetry and then the walls."

In keeping with the contemporary design, flush doors create a seamless finish. However Peck introduced a more textural look to the front of the island where simple mouldings conceal the joins in the wood veneer.

The entire island is wrapped in cream-toned quartz to contrast the maple, while the perimeter countertops are a dark quartz. This is offset by a custom backsplash featuring specially selected stained glass tiles.

"With unobtrusive countertops and cabinets that recede visually, the backsplash could take a pattern," the designer says. "We were able to choose the exact proportions of each of the shades in the stained glass."

This custom stained glass backsplash features similar tones architecture, cabinetry, ceiling, countertop, floor, house, interior design, kitchen, real estate, room, table, gray
This custom stained glass backsplash features similar tones to the wood cabinets and countertops

The glass adds a sparkle to the kitchen, as do the pendant lights over the dining table and the downlights above the island, which are encircled by crystal rings.

"There is also a considerable amount of chrome on the furniture that helps to reflect the light in the room," says Peck.

Appliances are integrated where possible. The cabinetry also incorporates a hidden home office desk, and a sliding tray to accommodate small appliances close to a coffee-breakfast area.

Credit list

Scott Newland, Newland Architecture, Inc (Minneapolis, MN)
Viking Construction
Reconstituted quartered maple with aniline dye in Benjamin Moore custom color
Mandala Devotion Swank pattern in Grey Blue, Transparent Smoke, Sugar Cane, Spirit and Sheer
Dining table
Holly Hunt Studio Broadway table in rift-cut oak with metal base
Benjamin Moore
Ash with gray stain and clear coat finish
Wine storage
Interior designer
Lisa Peck, LuAnne Silvia, LiLu Interiors, Inc (Minneapolis, MN)
Cabinet company
Partners Woodcraft
Silestone Lagoon3 quartz on island; Cambria Durham on perimeter
Counter stools
Tonon Up Stool in Black
Dining chairs
Holly Hunt/Christophe Pillet Aileron arm chair
Pollack heathered flannel
Arteriors Zanadoo in polished nickel
Grohe Concetto
Coffee machine

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Jamie Cobel

01 Oct, 2014

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