Icon - Arrow LeftAn icon we use to indicate a rightwards action. Icon - Arrow RightAn icon we use to indicate a leftwards action. Icon - External LinkAn icon we use to indicate a button link is external. Icon - MessageThe icon we use to represent an email action. Icon - Down ChevronUsed to indicate a dropdown. Icon - CloseUsed to indicate a close action. Icon - Dropdown ArrowUsed to indicate a dropdown. Icon - Location PinUsed to showcase a location on a map. Icon - Zoom OutUsed to indicate a zoom out action on a map. Icon - Zoom InUsed to indicate a zoom in action on a map. Icon - SearchUsed to indicate a search action. Icon - EmailUsed to indicate an emai action. Icon - FacebookFacebooks brand mark for use in social sharing icons. flipboard Icon - InstagramInstagrams brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - PinterestPinterests brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - TwitterTwitters brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - Check MarkA check mark for checkbox buttons.
You are reading

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

Search

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 tailored to the needs of each family. The first thing they ask of clients: &#8
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 stainless steel countertops. (For more, see Remodeling loading=
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 wood. (They frequently work with oak, ash, walnut, paulownia, and black cherry.)
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
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 dish drainer.
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 accumulated over time will be less prominent. At right, a custom wooden box contains a pour-over coffeemaker.
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 and used as trays.
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 ingenious storage solutions, see  Storage Ideas to Steal from High-End Kitchen Systems.)
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
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.

For more Japanese kitchen inspiration, see:

Have a Question or Comment About This Post?

Join the conversation

v5.0