How to gracefully incorporate a new kitchen in a vintage A-frame? The owners of this 1970s kit house in Springs, New York—the once affordable Hamptons hamlet that Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner called home—opted for a European-style kitchen systems approach. The couple, who are both in television production and come from the UK and Europe, had worked with Henrybuilt on their Manhattan kitchen and appreciated the company’s devotion to impeccable craftsmanship and clean-lined functionality.
For their A-frame, they chose the brand’s simpler, more affordable system, Space Theory. “The kitchen was designed to feel true to the house,” says Molly Waring of Henrybuilt. “The materials hearken to those from the age of the architecture: laminate, aluminum, and touches of wood that dialogue with the structure.” The results manage to look tailored and timelessly modern—and at home. See if you agree.
Photography courtesy of Space Theory.Above: The owners wanted to introduce a modern kitchen with the least amount of intervention. “They focused on the areas and items they touch and feel every day,” says Waring. The cabinets are finished with Storm Grey laminate and anodized aluminum knobs, both from Space Theory and only sold as part of a complete design. The floor is finished with outsized porcelain tiles. Above: The living area is open plan and has its original knotty pine paneling. The mix of built-ins and freestanding elements, such as the Smeg fridge, was intentional—”eclectic like the rest of the house,” says Waring. Above: Space Theory’s Opencase system of wall panels, here in anodized aluminum, were custom fit and serve as a backsplash kitted out with storage. The range is a 24-inch, four-burner Bertazzoni and the hood is by Futuro Futuro. Above: Opencase accessories, including hanging rods and oak shelves, are designed to mount to the panels via a grid of stainless steel rods and can easily be moved in and out or shifted around. Above: The counters are PaperStone, an eco-friendly pressed paper pulp often used in science labs: read about it in Remodeling 101: Paper Composite Counters for the Kitchen. Above: In addition to shelves, there’s an Opencase wine rack and a paper towel holder (see below). Above: The clients installed new cedar-framed windows and a glazed door that works as a counter balance to the black fridge. Above: A detail of the remarkably thin and durable Paperstone counter and the oak cabinet finish. Above: Positioned to take in the views, the oval Saarinen Dining Table is surrounded by midcentury church chairs sourced from Amsterdam Modern in LA. Above: The A-Frame is anchored by its original brick hearth.
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