ISSUE 10  |  New York Met

Kitchen of the Week: A Small Kitchen with Big Personality for Comedian Seth Meyers

March 10, 2016 4:00 AM

BY Margot Guralnick

Late-night talk show hosts, they’re saddled with impossibly small kitchens just like us. When Seth Meyers and his wife, Alexi Ashe, moved into their West Village apartment, they were required to work with their prewar building’s wet/dry restrictions—which meant that the five-by-10-foot “kitchen envelope” had to remain as is.

Fortunately, Alexi, a special victims prosecutor, is the sister of interior designer Ariel Ashe of Ashe & Leandro. (Ariel met Seth years ago, when she was an intern in Saturday Night Live’s set department and he was a new cast member; he’s been turning to her for design help ever since.) Fresh from having redone the Late Night with Seth Meyers behind-the-scenes quarters—and from having revamped a TriBeCa duplex for Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber—Ariel and creative partner, architect Reinaldo Leandro, were summoned to work on Seth and Alexi’s new place. We love the low-key, high-style look that they applied throughout—and especially successfully in that postage-stamp kitchen.

Photography by Fran Parente.

Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe's compact New York kitchen remodeled by Ashe + Leandro, photo by Fran Parente | Remodelista

Above: “Seth and Alexi both cook a lot,” Ariel told us. “They requested a big sink, a wine fridge, and as much storage as we could fit.” The couple, who have been known to compete in grilled cheese cook-offs (and you can catch Seth making salsa with Martha Stewart on his show), also told Ariel that they liked the idea of a French range. She steered them in the direction of a brass-detailed white Lacanche Rully over a La Cornue: “It’s a little more subtle, it’s like La Cornue’s younger sister.”

Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe's compact New York kitchen remodeled by Ashe + Leandro, photo by Fran Parente | Remodelista

Above: Leandro designed the flush cabinets in space-receding white, detailed with Brass Lido Flat Top Knobs and a counter of absolute black honed granite from ABC Stone. “Alexi loves the cleanliness of the white and the warmth of unlacquered brass,” says Ariel. “She’s very neat.”

The subway tiles are Heath’s handmade six-by-six-inch Classic Field tiles, and the farmhouse sink is the Clayburn from Waterworks. The dishwasher is camouflaged by a cabinet-panel door and the wine fridge is a Sub-Zero. (There’s also a full fridge tucked into a corner and surrounded by a pantry and pot storage.)

Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe's compact New York kitchen remodeled by Ashe + Leandro, photo by Fran Parente | Remodelista

Above: A little bit Chex Mix (Seth says his mother’s is better than Martha’s) and a little bit champagne: The cabinetry is dressed up with a brass Waterworks Henry Gooseneck Faucet in unlacquered brass and a nautical brass Pelham Pendant from Hudson Lighting. A window-like smoky brass mirror custom made by James Devlin Studio enlarges the look of the space, as does the open shelving (stocked with all-white Shell Bisque Tableware from Canvas Home).

Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe's compact New York kitchen remodeled by Ashe + Leandro, photo by Fran Parente | Remodelista

Above: The kitchen opens to a dining area with built-in wine storage that Seth and Alexi asked Ashe & Leandro to copy from their former apartment. “I love beer, Scotch, and a little tequila, but right now I’m in the wine chapter of my drinking life,” Seth told Bon Appétit.

Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe's compact New York kitchen remodeled by Ashe + Leandro, photo by Fran Parente | Remodelista

Above: The designers widened the passage between kitchen and dining room as much as was structurally possible and extended the oak floor into the kitchen. To neatly fit the dining table (a custom design by Ashe & Leandro’s cabinetmaker of choice, Rob Pluhowski), they paired Wishbone chairs with a space-saving built-in bench. And soon a high chair will be added to the mix—Alexi and Seth are expecting their first child.

One of Ariel’s favorite elements in the apartment? The painting by John Roman Brown, an LA artist who works outdoors: “We put his paintings in almost all of our projects; he creates the most beautiful skies.” The pillow and bench cushion are Lapis Dusk Stripe, a wool blend from Duralee.

Ashe + Leandro floor plan for Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe's compact New York kitchen | Remodelista

Above: Ashe & Leandro’s floor plan details the angled setup. Fridge and pantry are tucked into the corner of the elbow near the range. The seating area shares a wall with the master bath.

Before

Before photo of Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe's compact New York kitchen | Remodelista

Above: The kitchen had been much more closed-off from the dining area.

Before photo of Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe's compact New York kitchen | Remodelista

Above: A mishmash of materials—wood cabinets, speckled granite counters, stainless appliances, and vinyl  flooring—made the space feel that much smaller.

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