ISSUE 7  |  The New Eccentrics

Kitchen of the Week: Masterful Storage in a Workstead Design

February 18, 2016 4:00 AM

BY Margot Guralnick

So many kitchen designers of late bypass above-the-counter cabinets to avoid an overly kitchen-y, old-fashioned look. But Workstead’s solution for a Brooklyn family of five makes masterful use of floor-to-(nearly)-ceiling millwork. And there’s nothing Betty Crocker about it. In fact, the cabinetry is so elegant, it works equally well in the dining area.

Photography by Matthew Williams.

Brooklyn kitchen design with custom wood cabinets by Workstead, Matthew Williams photo | Remodelista

Above: Situated on the parlor floor of a brownstone that required a complete reorganization, the formerly walled-off kitchen is now part of an open living space.

“Our clients requested an open plan that brings together the activities of a busy family while still providing extremely functional and discrete spaces,” says Workstead project architect Ryan Mahoney.

Brooklyn kitchen design with custom wood cabinets and quartzite island by Workstead, Matthew Williams photo | Remodelista

Above: A monolithic island in quartzite (bisected with an oak breakfast counter) serves as the hub for cooking and gathering. Learn about the quartzite in Remodeling 101: A Marble Countertop, Minus the Maintenance. The floor is rough-sawn, wide-plank Hakwood oak, a sustainable Dutch timber from LV Woods.

Brooklyn kitchen with custom oak cabinets, design by Workstead, photograph by Matthew Williams | Remodelista

Above: The kitchen sink is integrated into the island. The range and hood are from Blue Star and have a powder-coated finish in a shade akin to the deep brown quartzite, which was also applied to the range counters. The backsplash is a sheet of zinc. The hanging lights are Allied Maker’s Bell Pendants.

Brooklyn dining area with custom oak cabinets, design by Workstead, Matthew Williams photo | Remodelista

Above: To subtly contrast with the floor and telegraph a more urban vibe, smooth wide-board oak (solid and veneered) was used for the cabinetry, which is the work of Markus Bartenschlager.

Brooklyn kitchen remodel with custom oak cabinets, design by Workstead, Matthew Williams photo | Remodelista

Above: The wood has a soap finish and linear Ear Cabinet Pulls in blackened steel, a design by architect Tom Kundig.

Concealed modern pantry in a Brooklyn kitchen remodel by Workstead, Matthew Williams photo | Remodelista

Above: The wall opposite the island incorporates a large pantry behind sliding doors and a hanging Step Ladder.

A new framed glass back door adds considerable sunlight to the room. “We wanted a stripped-down palette that focuses on texture and light,” says Mahoney. The walls of the room are painted Benjamin Moore Aura Super White.

Dining area in a Brooklyn kitchen remodel with custom oak cabinets, design by Workstead, Matthew Williams photo | Remodelista

Above: The cabinetry extends into the dining area where it becomes a sideboard and staging area, here paired with open shelves. The table is a custom Workstead design built by Markus Bartenschlager, and the chairs are a vintage Kai Kristiansen design.

Brooklyn brownstone with an open living room by Workstead, Matthew Williams photo | Remodelista

Above: The space opens to a living room with a painting by Robert Moody and Workstead Shaded Floor Lamp. Go to Brass Tacks to see more of the firm’s signature lighting.

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