Park Avenue upgrade

A dilapidated service wing in this traditional grand apartment on Park Avenue has been transformed for modern living
Story by: Colleen Hawkes Photography by: Bernard Handzel
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View of remodeled kitchen in a Park Avenue apartment, teaming high-gloss beech wood cabinets with stainless steel and glass.

Many apartments on Manhattan's Park Avenue were built in the days when households had several servants. These staff were generally accommodated in a separate wing, along with the kitchen, which the family never entered.

Today, however, such households may just have one staff member and a better standard of accommodation is expected. And families are much more inclined to spend time in the kitchen.

Architect Gavin Macrae-Gibson, who designed this remodeled kitchen in a grand Park Avenue apartment, says the service wing was typical of the rather dilapidated state of many unremodeled servant quarters.


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View of remodeled kitchen in a Park Avenue apartment, teaming high-gloss beech wood cabinets with stainless steel and glass.

"The wing was a warren of small rooms, pantries and broom closets. Obviously, there was potential to better utilize the space by creating everyday spaces where the family could relax away from the traditional grandeur of the formal reception rooms in the apartment."

Consequently, all the walls in the wing were gutted and the space reorganized to provide a kitchen, home office and a large bedroom with its own sitting area for the family's sole staff member.

"The kitchen needed a luxuriousfeel in keeping with the grandeur of the rest of the apartment," Macrae-Gibson says. "But it needed to be a lot more informal, calming and visually warm."

View of remodeled kitchen in a Park Avenue cabinetry, ceiling, countertop, interior design, kitchen, lighting, real estate, room, brown, orange
View of remodeled kitchen in a Park Avenue apartment, teaming high-gloss beech wood cabinets with stainless steel and glass.

To this end, the architect specified beech wood cabinetry with a high-gloss finish, a honey-toned Marmoleum floor and frosted glass cabinets.

"The glass cabinets over the window allow plenty of storage, but don't block the light. They also provide an attractive decorative element."

Sleek black granite countertops, a mirrored backsplash and thin stainless steel drawer pulls enhance the horizontality of the kitchen, while vertical pulls on doors add a sense of height. The reflective nature of the glass, wood and steel also make the space seem lighter and larger.

May 17, 2011

Credit list

Cabinetry
Beech wood and glass, by poggenpohl
Flooring
Marmoleum in Arabian Pearl from
Lighting
Lightolier; lamps by Osram-Sylvania
Faucets
Dornbracht Tara Classic
Refrigeration
Sub-Zero
Countertops and backsplash
St Johns black granite from North Carolina Granite Corporation
Doors and windows
EFCO
Sink
Kohler Ballad
Ovens, cooktop and ventilation
Wolf
Dishwashers
Bosch
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