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Steal This Look: A Courageously Colorful Kitchen for a New York Artist

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Steal This Look: A Courageously Colorful Kitchen for a New York Artist

May 22, 2018

When architect Susan Yun and designer Penelope August paired up to renovate an 1828 Manhattan townhouse for an artist, they weren’t afraid of color. Rather than play it safe with an all-white modern kitchen, Yun and August deployed a palette of purple, marigold, copper, brass, and pink glass. The look, while idiosyncratic, has plenty of genius ideas to replicate. Here’s a list of the details.

An overall view of the U-shaped kitchen. Photograph by Devon Banks, courtesy of Yun Architecture from Layers of History—and Color—in an Artist Couple’s 1828 Manhattan Townhouse.
Above: An overall view of the U-shaped kitchen. Photograph by Devon Banks, courtesy of Yun Architecture from Layers of History—and Color—in an Artist Couple’s 1828 Manhattan Townhouse.
The kitchen has terrazzo counters and a copper sink. Photograph by Devon Banks, courtesy of Yun Architecture from Layers of History—and Color—in an Artist Couple’s 1828 Manhattan Townhouse.
Above: The kitchen has terrazzo counters and a copper sink. Photograph by Devon Banks, courtesy of Yun Architecture from Layers of History—and Color—in an Artist Couple’s 1828 Manhattan Townhouse.

Materials

Yun painted the walls with Benjamin Moore’s Atrium White.
Above: Yun painted the walls with Benjamin Moore’s Atrium White.
The custom kitchen cabinets are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Calluna.
Above: The custom kitchen cabinets are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Calluna.

 The countertop, backsplash, and integrated sink are all made with terrazzo cast with recycled glass with colors individually selected by Yun and August. For something similar, Wausau Tile’s Terrazzo Recycled Glass Tile Rio is available at Daltile. You can also source the style from Vetrazzo.
Above: The countertop, backsplash, and integrated sink are all made with terrazzo cast with recycled glass with colors individually selected by Yun and August. For something similar, Wausau Tile’s Terrazzo Recycled Glass Tile Rio is available at Daltile. You can also source the style from Vetrazzo.

Appliances

The Viking Professional 5 Series 36-Inch Under Cabinet Range Hood is similar to the hood within the custom housing in the kitchen. It’s $1,099 for the 36-inch model in stainless at AJ Madison.
Above: The Viking Professional 5 Series 36-Inch Under Cabinet Range Hood is similar to the hood within the custom housing in the kitchen. It’s $1,099 for the 36-inch model in stainless at AJ Madison.
The client’s favorite color is yellow, so she went with a Lacanche Vougeot Modern Range in Provence Yellow. Says August: “I advocated for the marigold yellow enamel over a more lemon yellow” to pair with the dusty pale purple cabinets.
Above: The client’s favorite color is yellow, so she went with a Lacanche Vougeot Modern Range in Provence Yellow. Says August: “I advocated for the marigold yellow enamel over a more lemon yellow” to pair with the dusty pale purple cabinets.
The Dualit 2-Slice Countertop Toaster in stainless steel is $259.95 at Williams-Sonoma.
Above: The Dualit 2-Slice Countertop Toaster in stainless steel is $259.95 at Williams-Sonoma.

Faucet

The Waterworks Easton Vintage Bridge Gooseneck Kitchen Faucet in shiny copper is $2,976.
Above: The Waterworks Easton Vintage Bridge Gooseneck Kitchen Faucet in shiny copper is $2,976.

Lighting

The handblown glass pendant lights were designed by August and made by Andrew O. Hughes in Rosaline colored glass. The Meredith Flushmount Glass Light can be ordered directly from August; $990 each.
Above: The handblown glass pendant lights were designed by August and made by Andrew O. Hughes in Rosaline colored glass. The Meredith Flushmount Glass Light can be ordered directly from August; $990 each.
The Meredith Pendant is $1,600 from Penelope August.
Above: The Meredith Pendant is $1,600 from Penelope August.

Accessories

Unlacquered Brass Electrical Outlets can be found at Forbes & Lomax.
Above: Unlacquered Brass Electrical Outlets can be found at Forbes & Lomax.

Throughout the remodel, August integrated “as many original elements as we could find, including reclaimed floors, old doors, sink, and tubs.” One of which is the opal glass hardware on the kitchen cabinets. You can source something similar by keeping an eye on Historic House Parts (where this Set of Antique Bin Pulls came from) and House of Antique Hardware, which stocks Octagonal Milk White Glass Knobs for $11.49 each.
Above: Throughout the remodel, August integrated “as many original elements as we could find, including reclaimed floors, old doors, sink, and tubs.” One of which is the opal glass hardware on the kitchen cabinets. You can source something similar by keeping an eye on Historic House Parts (where this Set of Antique Bin Pulls came from) and House of Antique Hardware, which stocks Octagonal Milk White Glass Knobs for $11.49 each.
For similar polished copper kitchen cabinet hinges, consider the Hoosier Offset Cabinet Hinge in polished copper for $6.29 each at Historic House Parts.
Above: For similar polished copper kitchen cabinet hinges, consider the Hoosier Offset Cabinet Hinge in polished copper for $6.29 each at Historic House Parts.
World’s most elegant cutting board? Deborah Ehrlich’s Maple Cutting Boards are $125 to $185 each at March.
Above: World’s most elegant cutting board? Deborah Ehrlich’s Maple Cutting Boards are $125 to $185 each at March.
The Nambé Gourmet Bulbo Tea Kettle with a wood handle is on sale for $135 at Macy’s.
Above: The Nambé Gourmet Bulbo Tea Kettle with a wood handle is on sale for $135 at Macy’s.
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