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Kitchen of the Week: Laila Gohar’s Workhorse of a Culinary Studio in Lower Manhattan

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Kitchen of the Week: Laila Gohar’s Workhorse of a Culinary Studio in Lower Manhattan

June 27, 2024

For seven years, culinary artist Laila Gohar—whom you may know from wildly inventive tableware co. Gohar World—worked out of a small stone building in Manhattan’s Chinatown, which she transformed into a durable kitchen with all the tools she needed to make magic while keeping the circa 1905 tin ceiling and walls intact.

“My studio was a creative culinary lab for exploration of food and design,” Laila tells us. “It was important that it was both beautiful and functional, as I like to host friends over for dinners and use my kitchen for events I do off-site.” And though she moved out of the space just a few weeks ago, the old-meets-new look and clever storage solutions will stand the test of time.

Let’s take a farewell tour:

Photography by Adrianna Glaviano.

laila opted for cupboards from reform&#8\2\17;s basis line, which features  17
Above: Laila opted for cupboards from Reform’s Basis line, which features linoleum fronts, natural oak seams, and circular cutout handles. “I love the materiality and how sturdy and solid it is,” she says. “I used the kitchen every single day, so it’s nice that it aged well.”
laila stored her bamboo steaming baskets on top of the mushroom colored upper c 18
Above: Laila stored her bamboo steaming baskets on top of the Mushroom-colored upper cabinets. Here, she stands on the Nero black countertop.
the multi level drawers had a place for everything. 19
Above: The multi-level drawers had a place for everything.
a magnetic strip, home to laila&#8\2\17;s most beloved knives. &#8\2\20 20
Above: A magnetic strip, home to Laila’s most beloved knives. “I like to see my knives so I can select the best one for the use,” Laila explains. “Also, they are better protected on the wall than in a cabinet.” (See: 10 Easy Pieces: Wall-Mounted Magnetic Wood Knife Racks.)
laila covered a column in pegboard so she could hang pots, pans, mandolins, and 21
Above: Laila covered a column in pegboard so she could hang pots, pans, mandolins, and more. “It helped maximize space and have them easily accessible,” she says.
open shelves displayed bowls, cups, and other vessels from laila&#8\2\17;s  22
Above: Open shelves displayed bowls, cups, and other vessels from Laila’s travels. “I’ve collected them from all over the world and enjoy constantly expanding my collection,” she says.
a built in bench outfitted with custom cushions and pillows in a marigold kvadr 23
Above: A built-in bench outfitted with custom cushions and pillows in a marigold Kvadrat fabric.
laila&#8\2\17;s mother sourced the breezy white café curtains from ath 24
Above: Laila’s mother sourced the breezy white café curtains from Athens, Greece. “I sent her measurements and she went to a little store where they make everything by hand and got them for our window,” Laila says.
goodbye, little studio. 25
Above: Goodbye, little studio.

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