Small kitchen in apartment with glass mosaics

With its small work triangle, this new apartment kitchen puts everything in easy reach, while still providing ample work space
Story by: Colleen Hawkes
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A narrow shelf next to the cooktop is a handy set-down spot for items used while cooking.The windowless space is open to a large living area and illuminated with downlights and under-cabinet lighting.

When you live in a Manhattan apartment you learn all about maximizing space.

But the owners of this unit were luckier than most. They had an opportunity to buy a small adjoining studio apartment and were able to combine the two spaces to create one large apartment.

This meant their original kitchen could be transformed into a bar and breakfast area, and a new kitchen built within part of the former studio.


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Reflective gray-blue glass mosaics line the walls of this small kitchen in a Manhattan apartment. The white lacquered cabinetry also has a blue tinge.

Etienne Coffinier and Ed Ku of Coffinier Ku Design were commissioned to undertake all the interior design, including the kitchen.

"The kitchen is not a huge space, so it had to be very efficient, simple and clean lined," says Ku. "To this end, we teamed high-gloss blue-tinged white cabinetry with glass countertops and reflective glass mosaic tiled walls that help bounce the light around."

To further enhance the sense of space, cabinets are flush, and most of the drawers and doors have recessed pulls. Overhead cabinets have a niche for cookbooks. There is also specific storage for large pots and pans, concealed garbage bins, and a tall, narrow cabinet for trays.

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A small work triangle in this new apartment kitchen puts everything in easy reach, and provides ample work space. Blue-tinged white lacquered cabinets ensure the room is light and bright. The flush overhead cabinetry incorporates a niche for cookbooks.

The team added a long, narrow shelf beneath a hanging pot rack. This can be used to store items temporarily while cooking.

"We also ensured there is plenty of counter space," says Coffinier. "And everything is within easy reach.

"Other key features include a Porcelanosa floor. The large tiles mimic cement, but won't crack and are not porous."

Oct 01, 2014

Credit list

Architect
Etienne Coffinier, Coffinier Ku Design (New York)
Builder and cabinet company
Fanuka
Kitchen cabinets
Lacquered
Cooktop, ventilation and oven
Wolf
Interior designer
Etienne Coffinier and Ed Ku, Coffinier Ku Design
Paints and varnishes
Benjamin Moore
Countertops
Glass Thassos product by ProDesign
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