FORGET THE FLUFF: CONNECTICUT KITCHENS ARE GOING MODERN. CTC&G PROFILES THREE PROJECTS THAT MIX CLEAN LINES WITH TRADITIONAL DETAILING TO ACHIEVE COMFORTABLE BUT CONTEMPORARY SPACES
While Jenny Canik of Klaff's admits most of her clients want traditional kitchens—"You have to respect the nature of Colonial architecture," she says—she gets her share of contemporary projects, such as this minimalist marvel in a 1950s split-level in Westport. Originally a small space that guests would squeeze into during the homeowners' many parties, the now-spacious kitchen was enlarged by removing a wall separating it from a rarely used dining room. "They wanted an Asian, very serene and meditative quality to the environment," Canik says. Neff cabinets sporting an ash veneer with a distinctive horizontal grain—all stained in a dark carab finish—contrast with a warm cherry floor. The end panels of the cabinets and island, along with the toe kicks, were coated with a shiny gloss, and a glass backsplash adds to the contemporary appeal. The two-tiered island, providing a cooking space and a large dining bar, sits on aluminum legs that "give it a floating feeling" while playing off the stainless steel appliances.
After a pipe burst and flooded the original kitchen of this Normandy-style house in Darien, the homeowner, who entertains frequently, approached Marsha Fried of Kitchens by Deane for a renovation.