night and the iguana

This kitchen was part of a larger gut renovation for Steven. The inspiration for this design was a key  feature of the apartment itself: steel casement windows that look out over Gramercy Park.

Also see the before and after video.
Additional photos from this project can be viewed here and here.

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The base cabinets, built from simple poplar, were hand painted and given a wax finish. A matte black ILVE stove suits the reclaimed vibe perfectly. A leather-finish granite top and lightly iridescent tiles complete the look.

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Since the kitchen is also the entry, I didn’t want to see a fridge smack when you walked in. So I disguised it as a pantry cabinet, just like the actual pantry cabinet that sits closest to the front door (that one hides the microwave). Vintage-look pendants line the center aisle. Seagrass makes a perfect stain-resistant runner for this spot.

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After exploring salvage and finding nothing the right size, we had cabinet doors fabricated by a steel shop. But when the doors were installed, they looked a little too crisp, especially once fitted with vintage seeded glass. Not to worry: Steve had lived a former life as a set designer; he used caulk and paint to give them an appropriately gloppy look.


Inside the glass cabinets, we did one of my favorite touches: wallpaper on the back wall. This wonderful design is by Timorous Beasties. Below, the windows that inspired the whole project: