As a designer, you are always challenging yourself to come up with something different. To try a different color combination, to find new materials (or at the very least combine them differently), to try an unexpected but useful layout. Anything. But so often the things you think are “unique”, that you pat yourself on the back for just…aren’t. We all see the same images day in and day out in shelter magazines, on blogs, Pinterest, etc. Try as you might to ignore them when you sit down to design a space, those things just seep into your subconscious and have a way of coming back out. There isn’t a whole lot that’s truly “new”.
Which makes something like this kitchen all the more remarkable I think. I recently came across some images of the Kips Bay Decorators Show house on Instagram and was absolutely floored by the kitchen, designed by Matthew Quinn. I found it so fresh and original – so utterly different from anything I’ve seen in kitchen design, I just had to share. If there’s any single room where originality is hard to come by, it has to be the kitchen. I mean it’s SO utilitarian. Re-imagining those utilitarian elements in a beautiful and unique way takes a whole other level of creativity. And while you can certainly take more risks and liberties when designing for a show house than a real house/client, I can honestly say there isn’t anything about this room that I don’t find functional. It’s just supremely beautiful and fresh at the same time. I am in awe.
OK, gray and blue accents, solid counters, wood, brass…individually none of this is new. But it’s how all of these elements are combined here that I’m dying over.
I mean, let’s discuss this range hood?!?! It’s cast limestone with brass details. Did you know that was even a thing? To be able to cast limestone??? Because I did not. And the oversized, hand-glazed navy subway tiles. The color variations in that field of tile is just awesome. And then the range surrounded by the stainless prep surface and stainless drawers.
There are no upper cabinets in this kitchen (which I love). Instead there are these exquisite armoire cabinet pieces with gorgeous mullions. Don’t worry, there’s a full butler’s pantry off this kitchen for all the ugly stuff.
Brass cremone bolts on the armoires. Obviously.
What can I even say about these integrated sinks? There’s one at each end of the 11′ island and they’re just so smart looking. Like the best version of a modern farmhouse sink.
The waterfall style walnut piece the stools are tucked under is on wheels so it can be moved and you have a regular, huge island. I don’t know where one would move that too…but I still think it’s brilliant.
In the midst of all this beauty there is this lovely seating area by the window, nestled between the two armoires. And the floors. Just…look.
I really could just keep going but enough gushing. Bravo to you Mr. Quinn. You’ve somehow managed to take the most utilitarian room in the house where “everything has been done” and done something totally new with it, yet I still don’t find it trendy. It’s perfectly equal parts masculine and feminine. I don’t know…it’s just brilliant.
What do you think?