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Classic Traditional Kitchen by William Suk

Sub-Zero and Wolf 2013-2014 Kitchen Design Contest: 1st Place Traditional Kitchen. Co-Designer: Bryan Eure. A building only 16 feet wide? That was only the most obvious challenge for William Suk and Brian Eure, as they began designing a kitchen for a 135-year-old townhouse in Manhattan's vibrant Chelsea neighborhood. There were no "before" photos of the kitchen, because there was no kitchen – the kitchen project was part of an entire building renovation. The original kitchens in 1880s townhouses were dark spare rooms in the basement, around a large coal or woodburning fireplace used by the staff. Today people entertain and congregate in the kitchen, so the first thing William and Brian did was move the kitchen up to the entry level of the home. The homeowners, avid entertainers, wanted a kitchen that would accommodate a large amount of prep space – modern in function, yet nodding to the building's rich past. All in all, it was a tall (if not wide) order. The designers set to work. Not surprisingly, they designed a galley-style layout to allow free circulation through the kitchen and still find enough space for food prep and appliances. To keep the kitchen as classic as possible, suitable to the historic nature of the house, they used white paneled cabinetry and a warm gray island that complemented the honed Calcutta marble counters and pewter limestone floors.

William Suk
Suk Design Group
232 Madison Avenue - Suite 510
New York NY 10016
phone 212-300-4194
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