Contemporary kitchen design by Nestor Santa-Cruz with Boffi cabinets in Dark Graphite Oak

Modern galley kitchen design with black granite countertop, Gaggenau ovens, bank of Boffi cabinets with integrated appliances, designer furniture

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This kitchen designed by Nestor Santa-Cruz features a bank of Boffi Graphite Grey Oak cabinets on the rear wall, which conceal a freezer, refrigerator and storage.

Open-plan living spaces put the kitchen right in the heart of the great room, which invariably means it has a prominent role to play in the overall look of the space.

This kitchen sits within such a family room, in a new addition to an older home. Interior designer Nestor Santa-Cruz says not surprisingly, it was important that the kitchen complement the contemporary-classic interior, which features many designer furniture pieces.

"Boffi cabinetry, including a bank of Graphite Grey Oak wood veneer cabinets on the rear wall was specified. This conceals a vast amount of storage and all the refrigeration."

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Artworks and designer furnishings are key features of this great room they also helped to determine the design of the kitchen. The dining table is by Norman Foster for Tecno and the sofa by Flexform. The interior designer is Nestor Santa-Cruz.

Julia Walter of Boffi Georgetown says with hidden handles incorporated into the aluminum spacers between the doors, the cabinetry is very sleek and streamlined, which works with the whole interior aesthetic.

"The cabinetry choice was serendipitous the cabinets had been used in a display kitchen in the Boffi showroom and happened to be an exact fit for the space. Both the height and the length were just right. Not a hair's breadth of space was left over."

The custom designed island is in white polyester, with a locally sourced Nero Assoluto granite countertop, to match a fireplace surround in a nearby room.

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The microwave oven is a drawer set within the island in this kitchen designed by Nestor Santa-Cruz.

"We positioned the microwave oven in the island, to avoid interfering with the sleek wall of cabinets all that shows on the wall are the two ovens," says Walter. "The island accommodates a fully integrated dishwasher, more storage and waste and recycling bins."

The concealment of the more utilitarian elements has been successful the owner says visitors have asked her where she has hidden the kitchen.

"I tell them they are standing in it," she says. "And although it may be hidden, but we haven't sacrificed any of the functionality."

Credit list

Remodeling architect
David M Knudson
Kitchen manufacturer
Boffi spa
Floor lamp beside dining table
Pendant over dining table in great room
Ortenzia by Terzani
Honed Nero Assoluto granite
Boffi Swim
Bathroom faucets
Boffi Minimal and Cut series
Interior designer
Nestor Santa-Cruz IIDA with architect Pedro Aguirre (Washington, DC)
Oak in existing area; American walnut in addition
Various, including B&B Italia armchairs, Mies van der Rohe Barcelona tables, Edouard de la Marque coffee table, Peter Marino sofa by Poltrona Frau, Flexform sofa, Norman Foster dining table by Tecno, Arne Jacobsen Swan dining chairs, Hans Wegner Wishbone dining chairs; Danish pieces from Furniture From Scandinavia Gallery
Kitchen cabinetry
Boffi wood veneer in Graphite Grey Oak; polyester in white
Storage systems
Ovens and refrigeration
Miele integrated
Vanities and basins
Boffi Universal with basins in Corian

Story by: Colleen Hawkes

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