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Kitchen of the Week: The Site of Your Next Dinner Party, in New York’s Flower District

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Kitchen of the Week: The Site of Your Next Dinner Party, in New York’s Flower District

August 9, 2018

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).

Photography via Coquo and Witness Apartment.

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Above: The apartment’s “Test Kitchen” was recently overhauled, and the existing white cabinetry and butcher-block countertops (visible here) replaced with Coquo‘s modular kitchen furniture, tableware from Italian brand Seletti, a Smeg fridge, and large appliances from KitchenAid’s Black Stainless Steel line. The new, monochrome update made its debut during this year’s New York Design Week.
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Above: The kitchen, with Coquo‘s modular kitchen elements, including the Radix Appliance Kit (at left; for fitting around a dishwasher; from $679), the Voltaire Cabinet (on the back wall, holding wood serveware; $1,279), the Braccas Island in midnight black-stained oak with a black Fenix countertop ($1,279), and the Radix Three-Drawer Cabinet (at right; from $1,699 for the smallest size).

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.

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Above: Coquo’s Radix Cabinet ($1,279) serves as the base for the matte black sink. Alongside is Smeg’s Retro 1950s-Style Fridge in white.
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Above: The black vases are “wet vessels” by Brooklyn-based ceramicist Aviva Rowley (we’ve admired them before on Gardenista; see our post at Objects of Desire: Wet Vessels by Aviva Rowley). The oven is the KitchenAid Single Wall Oven with Even-Heat Convection in a black stainless finish; $2,599.
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Above: Coquo’s glass-fronted Voltaire Cabinet (from $2,889) keeps tableware at the ready for dinner parties with chefs and Instagram-worthy pop-up events. The plates are from Seletti’s Estetico Quotidiano line.
The duo-tone tiled table was a DIY affair. (Interested in trying your hand at something similar? See DIY: A Summery Side Table by Two Young Paris Architects for step-by-step instructions.) The Optical Pendant Lights are from Lee Broom.
Above: The duo-tone tiled table was a DIY affair. (Interested in trying your hand at something similar? See DIY: A Summery Side Table by Two Young Paris Architects for step-by-step instructions.) The Optical Pendant Lights are from Lee Broom.

N.B.: To inquire about bookings, click the “Contact” button at the bottom of the Witness Apartment site.

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