The look of this Manhattan loft kitchen started with a rather old- fashioned object: a solid pine counter from a 1920s Southern grocery store ($7,000 from Penine Hart Antiques & Art; 212-226-2602 or peninehart.com). When interior designer Eldon Wong spotted the wooden relic, he decided to turn it into the island in a client’s kitchen and use it as inspiration for the rest of the room. He kept the original decorative cornices and molding intact but trimmed the length and removed shelving, saving the leftover wood to panel the Asko dishwasher ($1,200; 800-898-1879 or askousa.com). Where there was once a cash register and drawer, Wong installed a Franke apron-front sink and double-lever gooseneck faucet ($875 for sink, $1,355 for faucet; 800-626-5771 or frankeksd.com). “It was like a great recycling project,” he says of the repurposing, part of the trend toward more eco-conscious kitchens. The custom cabinets from 9J Builder (212-966-7952) feature diamond-wire glass—similar to the chicken-wire glass used for pie-display cases in early-20th-century groceries ($22 per sq ft from Rosen-Paramount Glass; 212-532-0820 or rosenparamountglass.com). In this kitchen, however, they showcase the owner’s collections of china and stemware. The cabinets, which extend up to the extra-high 13-foot ceilings, have another function as well: “Glass makes the kitchen feel big and airy,” explains Wong. “But the space is only about 225 square feet.” Eldon Wong Design; 917-494-1005.
The loft’s owner found the walnut Gothic Revival chairs, circa 1890, at the Manhattan auction house Tepper Galleries. $395 each, plus restoration; 212-677-5300 or teppergalleries.com.
The early-19th-century crystal chandelier was purchased at Stockholm’s Auktionsverk, the world’s oldest auction house. $3,800 for chandelier; 011-46-8-453-67-50 or auktionsverket.se.