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Minimalistic kitchen allows artwork to take center stage. Artcraft cabinets feature slab doors and integrated hardware. Pin this image on Pinterest
NYC loft kitchen features fully custom, flat panel frameless cabinetry by Artcraft in high gloss white, light green seaglass subway tile backsplash, and a large island with seating. Design by RitaLuisa Garces of Bilotta Kitchens. Pin this image on Pinterest

About the Project

Sometimes kitchen cabinetry needs to take a back seat to other elements. This was the case in a New York loft where the clients wanted a backdrop for the entire living space and their extensive museum-quality art collection.  The exuberantly colored artwork pops within the gallery-like environment, fulfilling the owners’ design specifications.

The scene is set by delineating the kitchen’s footprint with slate-like porcelain floor tiles, juxtaposed against the natural maple used elsewhere. High-gloss flat panel doors amplify the limited light entering through the brick-facing window. Handles are integrated into the doors and drawers: oblong recesses routed into the cabinet faces. Nothing but the essentials interrupt the flow. Appliances are grouped together: flush-mounted microwave, coffee-maker, single oven, steam oven and warming drawer read as one single unit to avoid a cluttered appearance. The adjacent paneled refrigerator virtually disappears. To echo the soft gray floor, Caesarstone countertops in a concrete look were chosen. Glass subway backsplash tiles are set in a stacked pattern.

This is a perfect illustration of minimalism: a dance where you don’t stray too far in any direction. The viewer is neither distracted, nor left feeling cold. The golden rule is “balance”: clean lines with no visual noise.

This project was designed in collaboration with KSA Architects.