A Gorgeous, Art Deco-Inspired New York Kitchen Remodel

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Project by: David Katz of Katz Architecture
Location: New York, New York

Blessed with beautiful 1920s bones, this gorgeous kitchen just needed to blossom from its cramped IKEA cocoon into a gorgeous custom butterfly. The owner, an architect themselves, turned to David Katz to help this kitchen reach its full potential.

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Kitchen before: Cramped and cluttered (Image credit: Photos by David Joseph Photography)

From David:

After 10 years of living with a worn and cluttered IKEA kitchen, an architect with a cooking obsession decided it was time for a gut renovation and approached his own firm for help. The apartment is in Hudson View Gardens, a special enclave located in Upper Manhattan’s Hudson Heights neighborhood. Our job for the home, which features pre-war architectural details such as parquet floors and steel casement windows, was to reimagine a functional kitchen that maximized storage and counter space, and could serve as a room for company during dinner parties.

The design aimed to highlight and enhance the pre-war character of the apartment with elegant materials reminiscent of the Art Deco period. With this in mind, the palette was composed of both dark and light finishes with reflective understated details.

For consistency of appearance, the refrigerator and dishwasher were concealed behind custom cabinet panels, giving more attention to the finishes. The most noticeable aspect of the space is the dark chevron porcelain flooring which draws the eye toward a commanding view of the Hudson, while the counter is a Turkish marble with a subtle geometric pattern that mimics the floor. A glass mosaic tile backsplash is set in a fan motif reminiscent of the ’20s. In a nod to the craftsmanship of the time period, the owner and architect introduced custom decorative routed reveals beneath the sink and on the cabinet edge. Cabinets facing the window are backed with mirror to reinforce the view.

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