Arjun Desai and Kathy Chia, the husband-and-wife team behind Desai/Chia Architecture, treat every space like a laboratory experiment. Perhaps it’s a carryover from their time as graduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where they met in an architecture program known for its inventive use of materials. The three Manhattan kitchens featured here, including the one in their own home, show their creativity with high-tech elements like Corian and anodized aluminum.
Wood and Resin
Created for a family that likes to entertain, this kitchen includes a 24-foot-long, stainless steel-topped ash island that has seating for eight and houses two sinks and dishwashers and a Wolf cooktop. Sliding doors cover rear cabinets with an additional 15 feet of storage and counter space. The upper shelves are deep at 14 inches, accommodating serving platters. The ash backsplash also includes TV and computer hookups. Undercounter fixtures, combined with recessed ceiling cans and uplighting above the cabinets, brighten the space.
The company PK-30 System embedded matte anodized aluminum between translucent resin panels to create an effect reminiscent of a Japanese shoji screen (212-473-8050 or pk30system.com).