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Steal This Look: A Compact Yet Organized Kitchen in the East Village

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Steal This Look: A Compact Yet Organized Kitchen in the East Village

November 14, 2023

New York City restauranteur Jay Strauss was searching for smart storage solutions when overhauling his compact kitchen in the East Village. The 250-square-foot space (“not tiny by NYC standards” he notes) has custom cabinets built to Jay’s specs with a honed Carrara marble backsplash and counter. Working with a Grainger metal panel, Jay DIY-ed a Julia Childs-like pegboard for storing all kitchen implements. Here we profile the mini kitchen with sources to match.

the resulting color palette of the compact nyc kitchen is a cool gray white wit 17
Above: The resulting color palette of the compact NYC kitchen is a cool gray-white with an electric dose of complimentary yellow. Photograph by Jay Strauss from Reader Rehab: An NYC Restaurateur’s DIY Pegboard for His Compact Kitchen.
all kitchen tools, from pots and pans down to vegetable peelers and lighters, h 18
Above: All kitchen tools, from pots and pans down to vegetable peelers and lighters, hang on the powder-coated steel pegboard. Photograph by Jay Strauss from Reader Rehab: An NYC Restaurateur’s DIY Pegboard for His Compact Kitchen.

Materials

a similar gray to the color on the cabinets is the benjamin moore gray owl oc 5 19
Above: A similar gray to the color on the cabinets is the Benjamin Moore Gray Owl OC-52. It’s one the shades profiled in our post Architects’ 8 Favorite Warm Gray Paints.
a similar bright yellow to the color of jay&#8\2\17;s powder coated steel p 20
Above: A similar bright yellow to the color of Jay’s powder-coated steel pegboard is Benjamin Moore Oxford Gold 315.
shown is the bianco carrara prefabricated marble countertop from seconds &  21
Above: Shown is the Bianco Carrara Prefabricated Marble Countertop from Seconds & Surplus. For more info see our post Remodeling 101: Marble Countertops.
the grainger pegboard panel in tan is \$\1\10.80 at grainger. an easy alternati 22
Above: The Grainger Pegboard Panel in Tan is $110.80 at Grainger. An easy alternative is Great Jones modular Pegboard Set, $50, which includes a 20-by-20-inch powder-coated steel pegboard, hooks, magnets, and hanging hardware. It’s designed to hold heavy cookware, comes in five colors, and the squares can easily be combined.

Appliances

the thor kitchen \24 inch under cabinet range hood (trh\2406) is \$49\2 at aj m 23
Above: The Thor Kitchen 24-Inch Under Cabinet Range Hood (TRH2406) is $492 at AJ Madison.
the viking professional classic series \24 inch pro style gas range (vgic\2454b 24
Above: The Viking Professional Classic Series 24-Inch Pro-Style Gas Range (VGIC2454BSS) is available through Viking dealers.

Furniture

the eames molded plastic side chair in white is \$396 at design within reach. 25
Above: The Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair in white is $396 at Design Within Reach.
while there have been many riffs on the design, the original saarinen round din 26
Above: While there have been many riffs on the design, the original Saarinen Round Dining Table shown with polished coated marble is $11,470 at Design Within Reach.

Other

the davenport cabinet latch in satin nickel is \$39 at schoolhouse. 27
Above: The Davenport Cabinet Latch in Satin Nickel is $39 at Schoolhouse.
the classic wesco food storage container in red is \$\109.94 at wayfair. 28
Above: The classic Wesco Food Storage Container in red is $109.94 at Wayfair.

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Frequently asked questions

Where is the kitchen located?

The kitchen is located in the East Village.

How would you describe the kitchen's style?

The kitchen has a compact yet organized style.

What is the source of inspiration for this kitchen design?

The kitchen design is inspired by a mix of modern and traditional elements.

What is the color scheme used in this kitchen?

The kitchen features white cabinets, light wood countertops, and gray subway tiles.

What are the countertop materials used in this kitchen?

The countertops are made of light wood.

What type of cabinets are used in this kitchen?

The kitchen features white cabinets with a minimalist design.

What is the main storage solution in this kitchen?

The kitchen utilizes wall-mounted shelves and hooks for efficient storage.

Are there any unique storage features in this kitchen?

Yes, the kitchen includes a built-in knife rack and a hanging pot holder.

What type of flooring is used in this kitchen?

The kitchen has hardwood flooring.

Does this kitchen have any seating arrangement?

Yes, a compact dining table with two chairs is placed in the kitchen.

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