ISSUE 29  |  The Simple Life

Vote for the Best Kitchen in the Remodelista Considered Design Awards: Professional Category

July 22, 2015 5:00 PM

BY Meredith Swinehart

Our judges have selected the finalists, now you choose the winners. Vote for the finalists in each of 12 Considered Design Awards categories, on both Remodelista and Gardenista. You can vote once a day in each category, now through August 15.

In the Best Professional Kitchen category, our five finalists are General Assembly, Bates Masi + Architects, Office of Architecture, Merry Albright, and Harriet Anstruther Studio Ltd.

Project 1

Harriet Anstruther Studio Ltd | London, UK | Clapham Loft Conversion

Design Statement: “The client’s brief was for full architectural and interior design and decoration service to modernize and refurbish a one-bedroom flat in Clapham. The kitchen was to remain at the heart of the house, designed to celebrate the traditional Edwardian features of the building, whilst fully modernized.” Photos: Marcus Peel.

Chosen by: Remodelista editor in chief Julie Carlson, who said: “I love the element of surprise the colored glass pendants bring to this otherwise monochromatic room. The disciplined palette keeps the narrow space feeling light and airy.” 


Project 2

Merry Albright | Herefordshire, UK | Orchard Cottage

Design Statement: “Designed and built for a young English/American family who wanted to capture the essence of the quintessential English cottage kitchen, while incorporating elements of the owners’ LA background–light, openness, and contemporary detailing. Handmade green oak timbers define the space while painted units and industrial lights punctuate the room.”

Chosen by: Guest judge and designer John Derian, who said: “A winner–a cool space. It’s efficient, modern, and in keeping with the house’s architecture.”

Above: “The dark inky blue island provide a dramatic focal point.”

Above: “Bright white was chosen for most of the kitchen units to contrast with the oak.”

Above: “Open-plan living, dining, and preparation zones are unified by oak flooring and a muted palette.”

Above: “Maintaining a view through the space was important, capturing natural daylight from every aspect.”

Above: “Areas of tongue-and-groove boarding provide texture. The countertop is bespoke Silestone with an induction hob.”

Above: “Simple, modest, and considered materials and colors all work to give an informality.”


Project 3  

Office of Architecture | Brooklyn”¨, NY | Brooklyn Row House

Design Statement: “Part of a major gut renovation project, this kitchen had to strategically balance budget with design. Economical Ikea cabinet boxes were combined with custom cabinet doors in satin white and walnut veneered finishes, while rich quartzite countertops complement a simple subway tile backsplash to create an elegant, understated space.”

Chosen by: John Derian, who commented: “Perfect and chic. A nice use of stone and a good mix with art.”


Project 4 

Bates Masi + Architects | Sag Harbor, NY | Elizabeth II

Design Statement: “Located in the heart of a resort town, this home demanded special consideration of the acoustic sense. The research of sound and how it affects our perception of space informed the details, materials, and form of the project. This design approach led to a more meaningful home for the family.”

Chosen by: Julie Carlson, who noted: “There’s something Scandivanian church-like about this space, with the light filtered from above and the use of wood as a design element. This would be a peaceful place to cook and dine.”

Above: “A skylight that runs the length of the island floods the kitchen with natural light.”

Above: “Sliding glass and screen pocket doors allow the kitchen to open to the covered deck.”

Above: “Randomly spaced cedar boards hang in front of a felt panel that absorbs sound waves.”

Above: “The spacing between the boards can be acoustically tuned for intimate gatherings or boisterous parties.”

Above: “Light fixtures designed and built by Bates Masi + Architects.”


Project 5 

General Assembly | Brooklyn, NY | Micro Kitchen, Maximum Space

Design Statement: “Major remodel for a tiny kitchen. We kept the existing kitchen footprint, but incorporated custom millwork and built-in appliances to capture every bit of functional space. Using the lines of the beams and columns, we created built-ins in the nooks and crevices and used color to highlight varying depths of the space.”

Chosen by: John Derian, who called the project a “great usage of a small space–simple and chic. It makes sense with the rest of the apartment.”

Above: “Sink and dishwasher area.”

Above: “View from living room and hidden pantry behind dining space.”

Above: “Stove with niche and ledge.”

Above: “We used custom millwork with built-in appliances to make the most of the space.”

Found your favorite? Vote once per day in each of 12 categories across both sites, now through August 15.