RavinaContemporary Kitchen, Toronto
The kitchen is designed for two serious home chefs who often entertain guests for dinner parties. Merging the kitchen and dining room into a singular space was a strategic design decision to both foster their style of ‘chefs table’ entertaining, and also make the most efficient use of valuable floor space - a common consideration in most Toronto homes. The table becomes an island-like surface for additional prep space, and also as the surface upon which the meal is eventually enjoyed.
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7. Winning WalnutDesigner: Wanda Ely of Wanda Ely Architect Location: TorontoSize: 300 square feet (28 square meters); 15 by 20 feetHomeowners’ request. An elegant, refined space for entertaining friends and family for dinners, where guests can feel connected and involved in preparing the food. Wood cabinets. Flat-panel walnut with integrated brass-lined pulls. “It creates a very sleek, refined and elegant look without the need for hardware attached to the cabinet fronts,” architect Wanda Ely says. “The brass accents reflect light and elevate the detail to something luxurious and yet somewhat unusual.” A matte finish keeps the natural grain and appearance of the wood visible. The floating shelf above the backsplash is also walnut.Other special features. A custom walnut harvest table that can seat 10 to 12 people and double as an island for additional prep space. The backsplash is glass that’s back-painted white. Light green handmade ceramic tiles above the floating shelf complement the warm wood tones and brass. “Then the random placement of sculptural tiles within the field creates some visual interest and backdrop for the client’s collection of ceramics and tableware,” Ely says. Designer tip. “The success of the project stems from understanding and embracing the client’s particular needs — their desire to entertain, their need for a large kitchen and their style of entertaining guests,” Ely says. “Uh-oh” moment. “The frosted window on the right side of the image looks onto a neighbor’s home and was previously a more traditional bay window,” Ely says. “We based the kitchen design around altering the bay window, but for a moment it seemed like the permit examiner wasn’t going to allow this modification since the home is too close to a property line. However, since it was overall a decrease in the amount of window, we were able to argue that it was improving the existing conditions, and were allowed to replace the bay window with a more contemporary rectangular window, frosted to allow light in but obscure the view of the side of the neighbor’s house.”