The cover of our new book, Remodelista: The Low-Impact Home, features the kitchen of architects Ruth Mandl and Bobby Johnston of CO Adaptive. Their firm specializes in retrofitting existing buildings to make them energy efficient, and the couple transformed their own historic Brooklyn brownstone into an ultra-efficient passive house. Their monthly energy bill is zero—and that includes keeping an electric vehicle charged and maintaining a steady indoor temperature year-round.
In designing their kitchen, Mandl and Johnston prioritized green materials and energy efficiency, installing air-tight triple-glazed windows, a compact fridge from Liebherr, and a Monogram by GE induction cooktop. Here, we list the sources for the main elements, down to the small, cheerful, and future-minded accessories.
Find Remodelista: The Low-Impact Home: A Sourcebook for Stylish, Eco-Conscious Living in bookstores online and in stores starting today, October 4. To find your closest local bookstore, visit IndieBound. For more on the book see our book announcement.
As for the shade of green on the cabinets—the couple had it custom mixed to match a favorite light fixture that hangs over their table. Photograph by Matthew Williams from Remodelista: The Low-Impact Home: A Sourcebook for Stylish, Eco-Conscious Living.
While we recommend sourcing reclaimed or locally-grown wood that is FSC-certified, we should note that Reform sources raw materials that are FSC-certified, but their final supplier, they explain, is not, and thus, their kitchens are not officially FSC-certified.
Faucets & Fixtures
For more kitchen design with ideas to steal, see our posts:
- Steal This Look: Playful Minimalism in a Parisian Kitchen
- Steal This Look: A Compact Multi-Color Kitchen in London
- Steal This Look: Luxe Restraint in a London Kitchen
- Steal This Look: A Colorful Concrete Kitchen in North London