People think home kitchens have to be huge, but that’s inefficient—you walk around in circles,” says Rebekah Zaveloff, owner of KitchenLab Design in Chicago. Instead, she creates space-efficient kitchens for clients, including star chef Michael Symon, that look to restaurants for inspiration. Consider her generous use of Carrara marble tile in the space above. “When you walk into a restaurant there’s a reason for a lot of tile—it’s easy to clean,” Zaveloff says. “Plus, having it go all the way up the walls calls attention to high ceilings.” In this project, she also mimics restaurant kitchens by placing all the cabinets beneath the countertops to create a feeling of openness. And she had a local company called Avenue Metal make an oversize restaurant-style hood, built in three parts so it would be easy to install.
Zaveloff prevents her kitchens from feeling commercial with an eclectic use of materials, a reflection of her years at art school, where she focused on collage, and her work in film set design. In addition to the marble tiles on the walls, this kitchen has both limestone and marble countertops and a mix of metals like antique brass on the Morela lighting fixtures from Crate & Barrel, polished steel drawer pulls by Sugatsune and a stainless steel Wolf range. She explains, “I try to create an environment that unfolds slowly so as you take it in you think, Oh, look at this—oh, look at that.” kitchenlabdesign.com.
- Make Every Day Beautiful with Mjölk's Latest Designs
- Designer Sonya Yong James' Incredible Wool Trivets Inspired These Buttery, Pull-Apart Garlic Knots
- How Floral Designer Sarah Ryhanen Turned a Run-Down Farm into an Artisanal Wonderland
1. CUSTOM HOOD
The stainless steel exterior was installed in three pieces. avenuemetal.com.