Most clients have the same general priorities when remodeling: more storage, bulletproof surfaces, ample countertop prep space. But for a couple commissioning a nontraditional kitchen in Montreal, the ask was different: Space for their artwork was priority number one, along with a mandate to visually bring the outdoors in.
To make it happen, they turned to Cuisines Steam, a local kitchen design company founded in 2002 (and named for the condensation that forms on kitchen windows during cooking). According to lead designer Patrizia Giacomini, her clients “asked for a ‘non-kitchen kitchen.'” The pair of Montreal artists “didn’t want the room to feel like a kitchen, but rather a sleek, gallery-type space where they could display artifacts and objects they treasure.” The result is a streamlined, eat-in space in black and white, with accents in walnut and local limestone. The kitchen, says Giacomini, matches her clients’ “very honed sense of aesthetics.” Let’s take a look.
Photography by Mario Dubreuil, courtesy of Cuisines Steam.
The designer added illuminated nooks of painted metal specifically to display artwork, which the clients collected on travels throughout Asia and Africa.
A wall of black-painted metal shelving holds art objects and design books. Instead of pots and pans, a collection of masks is displayed on a walnut shelf beneath the kitchen island.
A kitchen towel made from an African textile hangs from the oven handle.
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