ISSUE 2  |  Back to Basics 2016

Steal This Look: A Small but Smart Kitchen in Brooklyn

January 12, 2016 2:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

David Friedlander and Jacqueline Schmidt’s 700-square-foot Brooklyn apartment is full of smart ideas: Sliding doors and Murphy beds throughout, plus a surprisingly spacious-feeling galley kitchen. Among the ideas we’re planning to co-opt: 24-inch stainless steel appliances, a budget faucet, and honed, not polished, marble countertops.


Above: Architect David Bucovy converted a traditional kitchen into a minimalist galley design. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Dwell Magazine.


Above: Stackable Hasami porcelain trays on open shelving. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Dwell Magazine.



Above: Friedlander and Schmidt painted their house entirely in Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White, a favorite choice of many architects (see 10 Easy Pieces: Architect’s White Paint Picks). It’s $36.99 for a gallon at Benjamin Moore.


Above: The marble countertop and backsplash is Borghini Honed Marble from Ann Sacks.


Above: Kitchen cabinets were built of Ikea’s Applåd cabinetry. It’s no longer available, but Ikea’s Veddinge kitchen cabinets in white are a close second.


Above: The Fagor 24-Inch Refrigerator is available directly through Fagor and associated retailers.



Above: The 24-Inch Gas Range with four burners is available directly through Fagor.


Above: Fagor’s 24-Inch Drop Oven is a European-style convection oven and is available through Fagor.


Above: Kohler’s Purist Single-Hole Kitchen Sink Faucet with an eight-inch spout is $460.60. The Purist faucet in the Brooklyn kitchen is in Vibrant Stainless.


Above: Kohler’s Undertone Medium Squared Under-Mount Single-Bowl Kitchen Sink is $649.


hasami-porcelain-natural-trays-remodelistaAbove: Friedlander and Schmidt stock their open kitchen shelving with stackable Hasami Porcelain Trays in Natural with ash wood lids. The 8.6-Inch Tall Bowl is $36, the 8.6-Inch Bowl is $32, the 7.3-Inch Tall Bowl is $28, and the 8.6-Inch Tray Lid is $70 at La Garçonne.


Above: The BW600 2-Quart Electric Kettle with Stainless Steel Silver Housing has a 360-degree rotational cordless base, and the kettle has an outside water level indicator, an automatic and manual shut-off, and anti-scale water filter; $79.95 from J.L. Hufford.


Above: The Kohiki Au Noir Tiny Cotyledon Plates by Akio Nukaga are $26 at Alder & Co.


Above: The Copper Soap Dispenser is $30 from Terrain.


Above: The 10-by-23-Inch Maple Cutting Board by Edward Wohl is $155 at Heath Ceramics.


Above: From Dibbern Fine Bone China Decors, Carrera Dinnerware ranges from $70 to $150 per piece at March.


Above: Sugatsune SND 304 Stainless Steel Edge Pulls are $24.81 each on Amazon. For more, see our post Remodeling 101: How Kitchen Edge Pulls Changed My Life.


Above: The American Black Walnut Bowl is $175 for the small size and $375 for the large at Food52.

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