Kitchen Trends

Air of Refinement

Volume 26 No 02

With gleaming, metal-plated ceiling panels and black granite countertops, this kitchen is as dramatic and original as the adjoining living spaces. The hall floor in the master wing is tiled in red leather. “That was a real challenge to get somebody to put those in there, but once they’re in they’re very durable,” says interior designer Garret Cord Werner. “They have all that rich color, plus there’s that wonderful Julie Speidel sculpture at the end of the hall.”
What appears to be a stone wall is Venetian stucco. With panoramic sea and mountain views to be enjoyed from every room in this apartment, architect Garret Cord Werner wanted to create an interior that was both refined and neutral, allowing the view to be fully appreciated. The glass breakfast bar, over the black granite countertop, is supported by a metal framework. Creating a kitchen that both stands out against-and blends into-the larger living area is a delicate balancing act. On the one hand, the design and material choice need to be original, while on the other, they also need to link with the overall space. The owners of this condominium wanted their refurbished apartment to be large, open, sophisticated in style, and suitable for entertaining. Architect Garret Cord Werner’s design located the kitchen in an alcove on the rear wall of the apartment, below a dropped ceiling of metal plated panels. Black granite countertops reflect the metal panels, and Macassar ebony cabinetry provides a link with furnishings in the living areas. A solid, metal-framed sheet of glass suspended above the countertop forms a bar. To keep the look of the kitchen as simple as possible, overhead cabinetry has black glass lift-up doors and the black Ceran hob is flush with the granite top.