"The kitchen is a theater where the cook is the star," says Clodagh, who designed this modern New York City loft. In this open kitchen, the cook is always on view, but a low concrete wall a few inches higher than the counters hides mess and functions as a backsplash behind the cooktop. A concrete bench juts out from the wall to provide seating for the custom oak dining table ($7,000 from Clodagh Design; 212-780-5300); custom oak seats line the other side ($1,300 each from Clodagh Design). Translucent textured-polycarbonate windows (from Knoll; 800-343-5665) veil the contents of the Australian lacewood custom cabinets and reflect light, which balances the darkness of the merbau floors (Clodagh loves merbau for its unusual coarse texture).
Peter O'Kennedy, Clodagh's son, made the three brushed stainless steel and Plexiglas lanterns hanging above the dining area. DETAILS From $475 at Clodagh Design; 212-780-5300.
The custom lacewood paneling on the Sub-Zero "650 Over-Under" fridge matches the cabinets. DETAILS From $4,600; 800-222-7820.
3 Cooktop and oven
The Gaggenau "KG291" five-burner cooktop comes with a wok burner. A 27-inch "Series 900" Gaggenau wall oven is around the corner from the fridge. DETAILS $1,200 for cooktop, $4,200 for oven; 800-828-9165.
Clodagh likes using concrete for countertops because it can be poured with few seams for a streamlined look.
5 Bar stools
The Burning Relic stools have leather seats and hand-forged steel legs. DETAILS $1,200 each; 718-625-5880.
The Grohe "Ladylux Café" faucet has a pullout sprayer. DETAILS $680; 800-201-3407.
Clodagh added a towel bar to the Kohler "Poise" sink. DETAILS From $1,500; 800-4-KOHLER.
The lacewood-paneled Bosch "Integra Design" dishwasher is superquiet. DETAILS From $830; 800-944-2904.
The Amari "874A/BZ" bin pulls are a zinc alloy. DETAILS $10 each; 877-652-6274.