Pride of place

Zebrawood veneer and Brazilian cherry floorboards provide a startling contrast against a white background of benchtops and cabinetry
View of the kitchen featuring stainless steel sub-zero architecture, ceiling, daylighting, glass, house, interior design, loft, gray, black
View of the kitchen featuring stainless steel sub-zero refrigerator, skylight, brazillian cherry wood flooring, corian countertop, zebawood veneer cabinetry

In this day and age, custom-made has, to an extent, lost some of its meaning. However, if you specify an Italian kitchen, and it's made in Italy by artisans from a small family business who even fly over to install it then you can be confident you've received a truly customised service.

Such was the situation with this loft apartment. Originally two penthouses, the separate spaces were bought by one owner and remodelled into a single, five-bedroom space by Brian Connolly, from Zivkovic Associates Architects.


view of this kitchen featuring  zebra wood interior design, kitchen, gray
view of this kitchen featuring zebra wood veneer cabinetry, corian countertops, stainless steel gaggenau kitchen appliances

"One of the owners is from Pescara, Italy, where Favetta Kitchens a company renowned in Italy for its stylish designs is based. The kitchen works in relation to the adjacent family room that faces out onto a deck. Sliding doors allow three flowing spaces to be formed," says Connolly.

Zivkovic Architects' conceptual drawings were sent to Favetta Kitchens, who modified and refined the design slightly, as per the owners' instructions. To ensure the utmost accuracy, a Favetta Kitchens' team flew across from Italy to personally install the kitchen.

View of the kitchen featuring stainless steel sub-zero architecture, ceiling, daylighting, glass, house, interior design, loft, gray, black
View of the kitchen featuring stainless steel sub-zero refrigerator, skylight, brazillian cherry wood flooring, corian countertop, zebawood veneer cabinetry

Overall, the design is relatively simple. A bank of touch-latched, white-lacquered drawers and cupboards surround the refrigerator. Other white accents include the back of the benchtop, with adjustable lighting providing a backdrop to the family room, and the benchtop itself which is white Corian.

Contrasting with the brilliant white is the distinctively striped zebrawood panelling. One modification included the addition of a low table to the island. Pedestal-mounted, it sits on a column of striped, compressed hardwoods. Adding texture to the floor is an inset of washed river stone tiling, set in a casing and covered with a durable acrylic, so it appears as if the pebbles are under glass.

Feb 23, 2007

Credit list

Architect
Brian Connolly, Zivkovic Associates Architects (New York)
Floors
Brazilian cherry
Refrigerator
Sub-Zero
Cooktop
Gaggenau
Benchtops
Corian
Kitchen manufacturer
Fernando Favetta, Favetta Kitchens (Pescara, Italy)
Wood veneer
Zebrawood
Oven
Gaggenau
Rangehood
Gaggenau
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