Personal space

This chic kitchen plays with scale, surfaces and expectations
Story by: Charles Moxham
View of a remodeled kitchen with platinum grey bookcase, cabinetry, furniture, interior design, library, living room, shelf, shelving, orange, brown
View of a remodeled kitchen with platinum grey prep island, red concrete countertop, walnut shelf and silver wall tiles contrasted with smaller quartz tiles.

Creating visual interest in a remodeling project can be achieved by a thoughtful use of materials and detailing. The trick is to combine the various elements into one harmonious look.

This fit-out by designer Fu-Tung Cheng replaces an original kitchen which was cramped and dim, despite the large window wall. Cheng improved the pedestrian flow by relocating an existing kitchen door closer to the entry foyer. In addition, a table and chairs at the end of the space obstructed access to the window. With banquette seating and a smaller table installed in their place, it is now possible to walk right up to the windows and views, says Cheng.

"This high-end apartment originally had a pretty standard kitchen. I removed the tired above-counter cabinets that blocked out light and oppressed the space, and replaced them with a tall bank of FSC bamboo cabinetry, an appliance garage and undercounter cabinetry."


View of a remodeled kitchen with platinum grey bookcase, cabinetry, furniture, interior design, library, living room, shelf, shelving, orange, brown
View of a remodeled kitchen with platinum grey prep island, red concrete countertop, walnut shelf and silver wall tiles contrasted with smaller quartz tiles.

There are visual surprises everywhere in this design but a linear emphasis and a varied, yet balanced use of materials ensure everything works as a whole. For example, silver tile flooring and bamboo wall panels in the foyer are used in reverse in the kitchen, with the silver tiles on the walls and the natural bamboo on the floor this swap putting the durable tile to best use in both rooms.

Features of the space include a sculptural prep island, a Zephyr Okeanito hood designed by Cheng Design, and a GeocreteTM countertop in red the owner's favorite color.

"The backless wood cabinet with an inset narrow steel ledge plays with proportions and allows the eye to appreciate the full depth of the room. Below this, a smaller wall cabinet has a back-lit, translucent polyester-resin lift front inset with twigs," says Cheng.

View of a remodeled kitchen with platinum grey bathroom, bathroom accessory, bathroom cabinet, cabinetry, floor, flooring, interior design, lighting, product design, room, sink, tile, wall, red, brown
View of a remodeled kitchen with platinum grey prep island, red concrete countertop, walnut shelf and silver wall tiles contrasted with smaller quartz tiles.

Inset details are a feature of the kitchen, and include tiny mosaics in the silvery tilework and fossil ammonites in the countertop.

May 17, 2011

Credit list

and expectations Designer
Fu-Tung Cheng NKBA, Cheng Design (Berkley, CA)
Countertops
Precast Geocrete™ island top in Platinum and main sink wall in Rouge by Cheng Design; polished granite in Absolute Black and Blue Pearl
Wall tiles
Ceramica Fioranese in Steelwork/Argento with custom mosaic accents behind cooktop by Cheng Design, supplied by Italics; Oceanside Tessera Earth in White and Oceanside Tessera Ocean in Palladium, supplied by Ceramic Tile Design
Wallcoverings
Benjamin Moore
Faucets
Chrome Eurodisc by Grohe
Oven, cooktop
Gaggenau
Water dispenser
Everpure water filtration system; Parche Waterstone filtered water faucet
Refrigeration
Sub-Zero with Plyboo overlay panels
Lighting
Recessed, Halo; ceiling, Arne Jacobson; LED strip cove,Cooper Lighting; ceiling, Zero Suspension by Lucitalia
Cabinetry
Edge-grain Plyboo by William Guba & Associates; Varia Birch with Eco-resin finish on vertical door on floating steel kitchen cabinet
Flooring
Horizontal-grain Plyboo in natural color from Smith & Fong
Kitchen furniture
Breakfast nook, custom table top in North American walnut with brown lacquer finish and custom steel leg Alan Sklansky by William Guba & Associates, with leather cushions in chestnut color
Kitchen sink
Avado in stainless steel by Elkay
Hot water systems
Everpure
Ventilation
Okeanito by Zephyr
Microwave
Sharp
Dishwasher
Miele with Plyboo finish
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