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Design Inspiration: Contemporary Decor

Nov 11, 2009
renovated kitchen
Peter Rymwid
Kitchen designer Alan Asarnow and codesigner Julia Kleyman of Ulrich Inc., in Ridgewood, New Jersey, gutted this space to create a super-functional kitchen that balances the tastes of an empty-nest couple.

Q: What were the main requirements for this new kitchen?

A:It's a contemporary-style house, so the kitchen needed to be in keeping with the architecture. It needed function, too. The wife is very precise and likes order. She also loves to cook: When the kids and other guests come over, she cooks big meals.

Q: Contemporary design can mean many different things. How did these homeowners approach it?

A:The wife likes softer lines and the husband prefers a more cutting-edge look. Through a careful selection of materials, we met both their needs. For example, the high-gloss finish on the cabinets is very contemporary, but the materials themselves—like the plain sliced cherry—are softer. Glass also bridged the gap: It's more hard-edged and glossy, but it also has nice reflectivity and visual texture.

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Q: Does the homeowner use all of those ovens?

A:Yes, she does! On the right side, there is a double oven for traditional baking. To the left of that is a steam oven. With a steam oven, things like vegetables and fish come out so much better and lose fewer nutrients. Below that is a speed oven (similar to a microwave), and below that is a warming drawer. All of the ovens are from Miele, and we got matching handles for the refrigerator.

Q: What is the role of lighting in this space?

A:Lighting is very important. We designed a huge skylight to let in natural light, but because of the sloped ceiling, we also did track lighting to get all the light on the same plane. There's also work surface lighting. The earth-tone porcelain flooring and blue glass inset dividers adds visual interest and color.

Q: Tell me about that intriguing range hood.

A:It's a standard offering from Miele, but it's very effective because it looks exotic. When I took the couple down to the showroom, they made a beeline right for it! I think they liked it because it's angled, so it doesn't weigh down the space the way some range hoods do.






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