Trends New Zealand Volume 34 No 4 - Page 40

Previous pages: For the design of his own New York apartment, interior designer Jamie Drake had to overcome the challenge of a large structural column in the middle of the living area. His solution was to make it even bigger, turning it into an attractive feature for the TV, books and storage. The same materials used to surround the column were then also used for the kitchen cabinetry. These pages: At over 5m long, the angled kitchen island makes an immediate sculptural statement when visitors walk into the apartment. As Drake never cooks, the island is used as an entertainment zone and buffet, rather than for food preparation. search | save | share at When high profile New York interior designer Jamie Drake designs a kitchen for a client, he says the most important thing to understand is how the homeowners are actually going to use it. So how did that play out when he designed the kitchen for his own new apartment? “I never cook, but I do entertain a lot,” he says. “And when I entertain, I use caterers. Having kitchen space for food preparation was not a big deal for me. “I needed a kitchen that was much more sculptural, that made a big statement, and served my entertaining purposes.” In all of Drake’s previous homes, he’d never had an open kitchen. But one of the things that attracted him to this particular apartment was its enormous 9m square living space. “I wanted to maintain that, so having an open kitchen here was a much more appealing idea.” While the large living area, 4.8m-high ceilings and its park and Hudson River views were all positives, there was one