Kitchen Tour: A Waste-Conscious Space for a Tile Maker

Photography by Agnese Sanvito,  courtesy of Brisco Loran

Here’s a kitchen that thoughtfully references the period and place the home was built (sometime in the 19th century, in London), yet feels thoroughly modern. It belongs to ceramic tile designer Sophie Caulfeild and her husband, James, a fund manager. The two hired architect Thom Brisco, of Brisco Loran, last year to brighten, update, and customize it for their busy life with two young daughters. Join us for a look.

The wall and windows on the right were once the exterior of the Edwardian-era home; an extension done by prior owners turned them into an interior partition.

The ash wood cabinetry, designed by Brisco Loran and built by Constructive and Co., is “lightly finished with a whitening oil produced by Osmo,” he says.

The kitchen has two distinct spaces: a room that holds the sink, refrigerator, and much of the storage space; and a cooking and dining area just beyond that looks out onto the patio.

One of the most arresting features is the single row of hand-painted tiles above the counters (the sink and stove areas get the backsplash treatment).

Open shelving lends the space a lightness and airiness.

Sophie with her daughters.

Thom also overhauled the exterior, replacing an old wood deck with a terra-cotta patio and widening the window that looks out from the kitchen.