The 2015 NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards Winners: Kitchen Design
WINNER: Glenn Gissler Design
During the past 20 years, Glenn Gissler has designed and supervised numerous renovations to this Central Park West apartment. Deeming the kitchen a “used and abused” space, Gissler installed durable porcelain floor tile, granite counters for the generously scaled island, and custom Bilotta cabinetry featuring porcelain enamel panels and polished steel frames. An antique farm table and 19th-century English chairs foster a sense of warmth. “The room is a machine-age-modern take on kitchen design, with great color and material choices,” says judge Alan Tanksley.
“Clean,” “architectural,” “warm,” and “beautiful” are among the adjectives used by the judges to describe this kitchen design in an Upper West Side townhouse. DHD seamlessly integrated it with the dining area, installing a coffered ceiling set with strategically positioned spotlights, which in turn create a certain glamour and grandeur.
FINALIST: Alisberg Parker Architects
Although Alan Tanksley likens this Tudor-style space in Westchester “to a staff kitchen in a great manor house,” it’s used daily by a family that likes to entertain. In keeping with the house’s Tudor lines, Alisberg Parker painted the cabinets white to establish a contrast with the dark wood floors and the cerused oak woodwork in the adjacent great room. Extra points: two islands—one for casual dining, the other for food preparation—as well as a custom-designed hood that references Tudor forms.
FINALIST: BergDesign Architecture
The owners of a Greenwich Village loft wanted their kitchen to be as much about storage as display. Indeed, while some of their plates and glasses are showcased on open shelving, artwork takes center stage here, too. White lacquered cabinets and polished Calacatta gold marble on the island provide striking contrast to the concrete-and-plaster backsplash and the rough-sawn-oak flooring.
FINALIST: Foz Design
One challenge presented in a loft is the demarcation of certain spaces. Foz Design’s solution for delineating the kitchen in this Flatiron loft was to install a dropped walnut ceiling interspersed with recessed lights and sound-system speakers—all of which match the cabinetry, since there was no allowance for drilling into the existing concrete ceiling. Wall brackets serve as open shelving, and a clever “knee” wall behind the sink and range houses plumbing and electrical lines.
A version of this article appeared in the October 2015 issue of New York Cottages & Gardens with the headline: 2015 NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards Winners: Kitchen Design.