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Kitchen of the Week: A Custom Culinary Workspace by a Japanese Atelier

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Kitchen of the Week: A Custom Culinary Workspace by a Japanese Atelier

March 28, 2019

Located in Seto City, outside Nagoya, Japan, Snedker Woodworking is a custom atelier launched in 2005 that makes high-end wood furniture and homewares, plus fully custom wood kitchens in a Japanese-inflected style.

snedker designers keihiro and kumiko kobayashi offer fully customized kitchens  9
Above: Snedker designers Keihiro and Kumiko Kobayashi offer fully customized kitchens tailored to the needs of each family. The first thing they ask of clients: “Look at the shape of your life.”
 this kitchen, in the snedker showroom, has clear finished oak cabinetry with 10
Above: This kitchen, in the Snedker showroom, has clear-finished oak cabinetry with stainless steel countertops. (For more, see Remodeling 101: Stainless Steel Countertops.)
in addition to stainless steel, snedker offers countertops in marble and solid  11
Above: In addition to stainless steel, Snedker offers countertops in marble and solid wood. (They frequently work with oak, ash, walnut, paulownia, and black cherry.)
snedker&#8\2\17;s edge pull handles are made of solid brass. (see remodeli 12
Above: Snedker’s edge-pull handles are made of solid brass. (See Remodeling 101: How Kitchen Edge Pulls Changed My Life.)
in a hardworking kitchen, snedker recommends a long trough sink with a teak di 13
Above: In a hardworking kitchen, Snedker recommends a long trough sink with a teak dish drainer.

The off-white field tile on the backsplash has a slightly rough finish, and is installed with imprecise grout lines for a textural look. (For more on this trend, see 5 Favorites: Textural White Tile Backsplashes.)

snedker applied light scuffing to the stainless steel countertop, so scratches 14
Above: Snedker applied light scuffing to the stainless steel countertop, so scratches accumulated over time will be less prominent. At right, a custom wooden box contains a pour-over coffeemaker.
snedker uses handmade wood boxes as drawer organizers; they can be lifted out a 15
Above: Snedker uses handmade wood boxes as drawer organizers; they can be lifted out and used as trays.
a sliding wood box maximizes drawer storage space. (for more of these kinds of 16
Above: A sliding wood box maximizes drawer storage space. (For more of these kinds of ingenious storage solutions, see 15 Storage Ideas to Steal from High-End Kitchen Systems.)
among snedker&#8\2\17;s storage options: at left, a built in storage rack w 17
Above: Among Snedker’s storage options: at left, a built-in storage rack with adjustable-height shelves. At right, a pullout shelf contains trash and recycling beneath the sink.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original ran on January 26, 2017.

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