Oftentimes, here on the Remodelista editorial team, one design discovery leads to another, and another. Case in point: A few weeks ago, Julie stumbled upon Coquo, a Montreal-based company revolutionizing modular kitchen systems, which in turn led us to Witness Apartment, just a few blocks south of our New York offices, in the heart of Manhattan’s Flower District. (N.B.: We’ll be writing more about Coquo itself in another post; stay tuned.)
Though the name (and Google searches) brings to mind something more sinister, Witness is a rentable apartment on West 30th Street—a “curated lifestyle shop, creative incubator, and design space,” according to their site—complete with a kitchen, dining area, bed, and bath, and available for photo and film shoots, weddings, and events. The kitchen—recently overhauled with Coquo’s modular kitchen furniture, a Smeg fridge, and black KitchenAid appliances—is, the site says, “perfect for turn-key dinner productions:” one of the most design-forward kitchens we’ve seen this the summer, ready for a sophisticated midsummer soiree in the middle of the city. Take a look (and contact Witness Apartment for more information).
The Montreal-based company’s mantra? “Furniture should last a lifetime and change with your life.” In other words: Kitchens should be flexible and customizable, able to shift according to need—not the clunky, built-in, long-term commitment of traditional kitchens. Their kitchen furniture is made of materials made to last—solid oak and powder-coated steel, in three colors—and the mix-and-match pieces are suitable for full-kitchen overhauls or smaller, partial updates.
N.B.: To inquire about bookings, click the “Contact” button at the bottom of the Witness Apartment site.
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