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Kitchen of the Week: An All-Stainless Design in a Paris Loft

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Kitchen of the Week: An All-Stainless Design in a Paris Loft

July 13, 2017

Meet the heavy metal kitchen: an all stainless steel design, from countertops to cupboards, imported from Italy for a Paris loft belonging to a young family. The 1,830-square-foot Républic apartment is the work of Hugo and Charlotte de Tonnac Sauzay, the husband-and-wife team at Festen Architecture, who devised a soaring white open living space with spiral metal stair—and a kitchen too beautiful to not be on full display.

Photography courtesy of Abimis.

Kitchen of the Week An AllStainless Design in a Paris Loft Situated at one end of the loft, the kitchen has a lab like stainless steel island and wall cabinet by Abimis of Milan that manage to look both retro and a sign of things to come.
Above: Situated at one end of the loft, the kitchen has a lab-like stainless steel island and wall cabinet by Abimis of Milan that manage to look both retro and a sign of things to come.

An offshoot of hotel kitchen specialists, Prisma, Abimis was founded in 2013 to supply complete restaurant-grade designs for home settings. Abimis’s work is fabricated to order and custom fit for each setting. Festen used the company’s Ego line designed by architect Alberto Torsello.

Kitchen of the Week An AllStainless Design in a Paris Loft The cupboard has a refrigerator and freezer in the center (with zones that are &#8\2\20;cool, refrigerated, and room temperature&#8\2\2\1;) flanked by pantry compartments.
Above: The cupboard has a refrigerator and freezer in the center (with zones that are “cool, refrigerated, and room temperature”) flanked by pantry compartments.

Note the lack of sharp corners even on the flush-mounted doors: rounded edges, the company notes, are easier to keep clean and work well “with the actions of the user.” The brass ceiling light is the Cliff Suspension by Remodelista favorite Lambert & Fils of Montreal.

Kitchen of the Week An AllStainless Design in a Paris Loft Abimis uses extra thick, scratch  and ding resistant AISI 304 stainless steel, and its worktops are fabricated from single sheets.
Above: Abimis uses extra-thick, scratch- and ding-resistant AISI 304 stainless steel, and its worktops are fabricated from single sheets.

There’s a reason restaurants rely on stainless: In addition to being heat resistant and hygienic, it doesn’t stain or rust. Learn more pros and cons in Remodeling 101: Stainless Countertops.

Kitchen of the Week An AllStainless Design in a Paris Loft The island is fitted with a range and induction cooktop, plus warming and storage drawers. Abimis, we were told, makes some of its own appliances and also collaborates with Miele, Gaggenau, and Neff.
Above: The island is fitted with a range and induction cooktop, plus warming and storage drawers. Abimis, we were told, makes some of its own appliances and also collaborates with Miele, Gaggenau, and Neff.
Kitchen of the Week An AllStainless Design in a Paris Loft The sink stands in front of one of the loft&#8\2\17;s expansive factory windows (with a netted ceiling that makes the kitchen area feel more intimate).
Above: The sink stands in front of one of the loft’s expansive factory windows (with a netted ceiling that makes the kitchen area feel more intimate).
Kitchen of the Week An AllStainless Design in a Paris Loft The island is intended for food prep and serving; it&#8\2\17;s higher and deeper than the norm, Abimis notes, for better ergonomics.
Above: The island is intended for food prep and serving; it’s higher and deeper than the norm, Abimis notes, for better ergonomics.

The sink is extra wide to accommodate professional-size cookware. There’s a dishwasher next to it, and under it, a trash bin that’s refrigerated to “reduce the proliferation of bacteria and bad odors.”

Kitchen of the Week An AllStainless Design in a Paris Loft A Festen supplied stainless steel table and white Eames Molded Plastic Dowel Leg Armchairs create a graceful segue between kitchen and living area. The double helix stair, out of frame at left, is the perfect companion for the stainless equipment.
Above: A Festen-supplied stainless steel table and white Eames Molded Plastic Dowel-Leg Armchairs create a graceful segue between kitchen and living area. The double helix stair, out of frame at left, is the perfect companion for the stainless equipment.
Abimis ships its kitchens worldwide—prices on request—and sends a crew to do the final on-site assembly.

N.B. This post is an update; the original story ran February 11, 2016.

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