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Metal & Wood Contemporary Kitchen

When a downtown loft and an uptown “classic 5” come together, you get this chic contemporary industrial Park Avenue loft stunner. Drama is the order of the day with moody dark finishes, contrasted with a honed marble island top.  A traditional rolling library ladder interpreted in modern black lacquer makes short work of the high ceiling-level cabinets.

Metal & Wood Contemporary Kitchen

LUSTROUS METAL & LUSH TEXTURE

The star of the show is the patinated stainless steel surface of the wall cabinets, whose golden undertones echo the blackened brushed gold decorative hardware. Leathered limestone backsplash tiles and honed black granite countertops are upstaged only by the horizontal-grained rift cut white oak bases with ebony stain and wire-brushing effect.

Metal & Wood Contemporary Kitchen

CLASSIC MEETS CONTEMPORARY

A classically-themed frieze panel atop the glass shelving creates an eclectic counterpoint to contemporary crystal, serving pieces and artwork. Mirror behind the shelves lends additional glamour, doubles the light, and banishes shadows in the corner.

Metal & Wood Contemporary Kitchen

Kitchen designed by Jeff Eakley with, Andrew Petronio of KA Design Group for his own Park Avenue South loft featuring Bilotta cabinetry.

Photography by Stefan Radtke.

Post written by Paulette Gambacorta.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

This project was a gut renovation of a loft on Park Avenue South in Manhattan – it’s the personal residence of Andrew Petronio, partner at KA Design Group. Bilotta Senior Designer, Jeff Eakley, has worked with KA Design for 20 years. When it was time for Andrew to do his own kitchen, working with Jeff was a natural choice to bring it to life. Andrew wanted a modern, industrial, European-inspired aesthetic throughout his NYC loft. The allotted kitchen space wasn’t very big; it had to be designed in such a way that it was compact, yet functional, to allow for both plenty of storage and dining. Having an island look out over the living room would be too heavy in the space; instead they opted for a bar height table and added a second tier of cabinets for extra storage above the walls, accessible from the black-lacquer rolling library ladder. The dark finishes were selected to separate the kitchen from the rest of the vibrant, art-filled living area – a mix of dark textured wood and a contrasting smooth metal, all custom-made in Bilotta’s own shop. The base cabinets and refrigerator section are a horizontal-grained rift cut white oak with an Ebony stain and a wire-brushed finish. The wall cabinets are the focal point – stainless steel with a dark patina that brings out black and gold hues, picked up again in the blackened, brushed gold decorative hardware from H. Theophile. The countertops by Eastern Stone are a smooth Black Absolute; the backsplash is a black textured limestone from Artistic Tile that mimics the finish of the base cabinets. The far corner is all mirrored, elongating the room. They opted for the all black Bertazzoni range and wood appliance panels for a clean, uninterrupted run of cabinets.

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