Typical of its pre-WWI era, this kitchen was a clutter of small rooms, divided by doors, soffits and cul-de-sacs. The fridge had been stuffed into a dark hall, far from sink or stove. The owner wanted to take advantage of the room’s tall ceiling, bring in more light, create a clear wide path down its length and provide seating.
To accomplish this, doors and door jambs were removed from doorways, and soffits were torn out, simplifying both traffic through the room and the appearance of the ceiling. Almost all cabinets stretch to the ceiling to draw the eye upward (and minimize dust). Faced in beadboard, the cabinets establish a subtle textural stripe, which carries through in reeded glass set in the upper cabinet doors, and in the tiles set vertically behind the stove.
Countertops are soapstone; the floor is white ceramic hex tile -- old-fashioned materials used in a modern way. Lighting fixtures look as fresh as tomorrow, but were designed in 1926.
Best of all, everything has been arranged by function. One example: dishes are kept in vertical racks in the drawers adjoining the dishwasher, eliminating all but a single motion to put them away. Enlarge & view additional images