Chef's Kitchen

This Arlington family hired Feinmann to transform the small, dark, outdated kitchen in their beautiful 1870s Victorian home. The homeowners (one of them is a chef and both love to cook) asked the design team to create a sleek, modern chef's kitchen - complete with high-end cabinetry and professional grade equipment - and do it in such a way that the contemporary kitchen would be harmonious with the rest of the home's traditional aesthetic.

The award-winning new kitchen is light, spacious and highly functional, with generous window and ample counter space. The design highlights the stainless steel and glossy blue Arclinea cabinetry. Two stainless steel work stations, topped with white Carrera marble, float in the center of the kitchen, making a dramatic statement.

One island contains a sink, stove and hood, and the other a larger sink and work surface. The stainless steel cabinets are visually anchored to the space by a dropped panel ceiling. The cabinets along the wall include a glossy blue Arclinea cabinet that is nine feet long and contains refrigerator units and tall storage.

The new design peeks through horizontal windows that visually connect to the interior and exterior, and a sky-lighted spine through the kitchen further links the house to the garden. Recessed lights and pendant lights work in combination with generous windows and doors to create a bright and user-friendly space. Other creative ideas include a blackboard embedded within a long pantry unit, and a tall, six-shelf bookcase (with library ladder) that houses the homeowners' cookbook collection.
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