Nouvelle cuisine

The clean-lined aesthetic of this Mid-century Modern ranch house informed the Modernist remodel of the kitchen
Story by: Justin Foote
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The role of an architect or designer involves guiding the client as much as it does giving the client what he or she wants.

The owners of this house love the traditional aesthetic and had never considered the Modernist style until architect Michael Goorevich explained its relevance to their authentic 1950s Ranch-style house.

"Once they understood the concept and visualized the potential for the rest of the house, it was full steam ahead," says Goorevich.

"The house has really nice lines, both complementing and sitting proudly within its location. Much of what we achieved in the kitchen was inspired by that."

Interior walls originally dividing the kitchen, family room and den into separate rooms have been removed, to create a large open-plan space.


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"One of the biggest things we did was reorient where people spend their time," says Goorevich. "Cooking and socializing are very important to the clients, so we designed a space that allows them to do both, but in a way that can be tailored to the situation."

The space now features a 35ft galley kitchen, dining room and breakfast area.

"It's a very comfortable space when it's just the family," says the homeowner. "And it works just as well when we host dinners for 12 or cocktail parties for 50 or more. It is all about the functionality of the spaces. I love the aesthetics, but for me they are secondary to how the space works."

Working within such a large footprint meant getting the individual zones just right.

"The obvious layout for the kitchen was a galley," says Goorevich. "At one end we have the cooking zone, pantry, refrigerators and storage, with the prep area in the middle and more storage at the other end."

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View of modernist style kitchen with wooden cabinetry and dark table and chairs.

Bookending the storage also serves to separate the three areas, providing varying levels of privacy when needed.

"The kitchen island, which doubles as a servery, and the small buffet are points of demarcation," says Goorevich. "However, both elements still allow for clear lines of sight from one space to another."

"This notion of lines of sight between stratified planes is enhanced by the screens and folding panel. While intrinsic to the design, it took vision on the part of the owners, and close dialogue between all parties, to achieve this result."

May 17, 2011

Credit list

Interior designer
Katy Chudacoff, Dovetail Design Works
Contractor
Fred Stephenson, Stephenson Construction Company
Cabinetry
Spray lacquered MDF in cream, slate gray, neon green, eggplant and azure blue; rift cut white oak
Dining furniture
Distressed wood table from Jalan-Jalan Nashville (dining table); Kartell Glossy Round Table by Antonio Citterio from Hive Modern (breakfast table); Ant chairs by Arne Jacobsen from Fritz Hansen
Backsplash
Painted steel in neon green
Faucets
Dornbracht Waterzones from Ferguson
Cooktop
Wolf
Microwave
GE
Dishwasher
Miele
Kitchen designer
Michael Goorevich
Cabinetry and architectural woodwork
Rick Deslauriers, The Deslauriers Company
Countertops
Quartz
Lighting
Cone Light Large by Tom Dixon (dining pendant); PH5 by Louis Poulsen (breakfast pendant); PH4/3 by Louis Poulsen (island pendants)
Kitchen sink
Blanco Precision Series from Ferguson
Oven
Thermador
Ventilation
Miele
Refrigeration
Sub-Zero
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