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Steal This Look: A Small but Smart Kitchen in Brooklyn


Steal This Look: A Small but Smart Kitchen in Brooklyn

December 27, 2016

David Friedlander and Jacqueline Schmidt’s 700-square-foot Brooklyn apartment is full of smart ideas: Sliding doors and Murphy beds throughout, plus a surprisingly spacious-feeling galley kitchen. Among the ideas we’re planning to co-opt: 24-inch stainless steel appliances, a budget faucet, and honed, not polished, marble countertops.

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Above: Architect David Bucovy converted a traditional kitchen into a minimalist galley design. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Dwell Magazine.

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Above: Stackable Hasami porcelain trays on open shelving. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Dwell Magazine.


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Above: Friedlander and Schmidt painted their house entirely in Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White, a favorite choice of many architects (see 10 Easy Pieces: Architect’s White Paint Picks). It’s $37.99 for a gallon at Benjamin Moore.

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Above: The marble countertop and backsplash is Borghini Honed Marble from Ann Sacks.

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Above: Kitchen cabinets were built of Ikea’s Applåd cabinetry. It’s no longer available, but Ikea’s Veddinge kitchen cabinets in white are a close second.

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Above: The Fagor 24-Inch Refrigerator is slim for small spaces. See Fagor for more details.

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Above: Fagor’s 24-Inch Gas Range has four burners and cast-iron grates. See Fagor for more information.

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Above: Fagor’s 24-Inch Drop Oven is no longer available, but the 24-Inch Single Electric Wall Oven, a European-style convection oven, is a similar model.

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Above: Kohler’s Purist Single-Hole Kitchen Sink Faucet with an eight-inch spout is $646.25. The Purist faucet in the Brooklyn kitchen is in Vibrant Stainless.

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Above: Kohler’s Undertone Medium Squared Under-Mount Single-Bowl Kitchen Sink is $649.


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Above: Friedlander and Schmidt stock their open kitchen shelving with stackable Hasami Porcelain Trays in Natural with ash wood lids. The 8.6-Inch Tall Bowl is $36 (but is currently sold out); the 8.6-Inch Bowl is $32, the 7.3-Inch Tall Bowl is $28, and the 8.6-Inch Tray Lid is $70 at La Garçonne.

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Above: The BW600 2-Quart Electric Kettle with Stainless Steel Silver Housing has a 360-degree rotational cordless base, and the kettle has an outside water level indicator, an automatic and manual shut-off, and anti-scale water filter; $911.49 via Rakuten.

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Above: A Glass Soap Dispenser with brushed stainless steel pump is $12.50 from Crate & Barrel.

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Above: The 10-by-23-Inch Maple Cutting Board by Edward Wohl is $155 at Heath Ceramics.

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Above: From Dibbern Fine Bone China Decors, Carrara Dinnerware ranges from $65 to $140 per piece at March.

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Above: Sugatsune SND 304 Stainless Steel Edge Pulls are $24.81 each on Amazon.

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Above: The American Black Walnut Bowl is $175 for the small size and $375 for the large at Food52.

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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on January 12, 2016.

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