USA Kitchen Trends US Kitchen Trends Vol. 30/09 - Page 71

Out of the past This compact kitchen offers a pre-war look while tucking modern functionality behind the scenes Older apartments often celebrate living areas at the expense of more practical rooms, such as the kitchen. These were usually under-designed and allotted only a small share of the footprint. Such was the scenario when architect Alan Berman came to renovate this kitchen in a 1920s condominium. While units in the tower had been inexpensive at the time of building, today they are high-end inner-city residences and the new kitchen had to reflect this, says Berman. “One tricky aspect was remodeling within almost the same footprint, as space was limited by the architecture and services. A bathroom behind the old kitchen was removed, gaining some room, but a gap behind the cabinetry was retained for the original plumbing lines.” To optimize a sense of space, the new kitchen is open to the living areas. However, Berman introduced a short peninsula and a millwork beam on the ceiling to provide a degree of separation. The hollow beam contains the elaborate wiring required for IT systems and air conditioning, and the peninsula doubles as a serving station and breakfast bar, and contains a wine cooler. Full-height cabinetry maximizes storage within the constrained space. Facing page: Wraparound cabinets stretch floor to ceiling in this compact kitchen that delivers maximum function in a limited space. A peninsula with an undercounter wine cooler acts as a serving station and breakfast area. Above: Formwork on the ceil