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resources & more images 42899 at and a new kitchen built within part of the former studio. 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. 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.” Facing page: Gray-blue glass mosaics line the walls of this kitchen in Manhattan. To ensure the windowless space receives a lot of light, it is open to a large living area and well illuminated with downlights and under-cabinet lighting. Above left: A narrow shelf next to the cooktop is a handy set-down spot for items used while cooking. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Michael Arnaud search | save | share at 73