This was my second project for a growing family on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. With the arrival of their second child, they sold their first apartment and moved into this larger three-bedroom unit. Initially the project was only a kitchen renovation, but as we looked at the space we saw ways to improve the flow of the dining and living areas. We added a dropped ceiling made of walnut slats, a built-in media center, and some concealed cove lighting.
Originally, the kitchen was divided in two. We gutted it and removed the divider wall, creating a larger kitchen with an eat-in nook. The new island extends the connection to the living areas and includes a wine refrigerator. All of the appliances are built in, and the dishwasher is finished with a cabinet panel, making it blend in with the base cabinets. The breakfast nook is created by an L-shaped banquette designed by us.
The dining area and living area was one big space in the original apartment, making it hard to tell what was what and how to furnish it. Without adding a wall, we defined the space by adding a dropped ceiling of wood slats. It both created a formal dining space and implied a pathway to the living area. We also added a built-in media cabinet and cove lighting over the seating area.