Qualified Remodeler

Less is More

authors Janice Costa 

Space was at a premium in this Brooklyn, NY building, so architects Idan Naor and Shuji Suzumori of Naor Suzumori Architecture D.P.C. had to get creative with space planning. By reorganizing the building horizontally, each unit ended up with wider spaces and enhanced natural light.

“Designing each space starts with the kitchen,” Naor notes, adding “you can live well, and cook well, in a very compact space.” For these kitchens, which were designed to open into the living/dining area, he planned plenty of workspace for a cook or two plus casual seating for three.

The white laminate upper cabinet in a walnut surround ‘floats’ within the marble backsplash, while the base cabinets start low at the window. Walnut floating shelves are situated between the upper cabinets and full-height fridge/freezer box, providing easy access and highlighting the backsplash.

The cooking appliances have an understated presence, yet the Wolf 36″ gas cooktop provides plenty of firepower, Naor mentions, while the 30″ convection oven built into the island is invisible from the rest of the apartment.

Return to 2015-16 Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest story, “Winning Designs Boast Global Appeal.”

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