2009 INNOVATION IN DESIGN AWARDS
BUSY FAMILIES LOOKING FOR A CENTRAL HUB FIND SERENITY IN MODERN DETAILS, SMOOTH LINES AND AMPLE WORKSPACE
Kitchen Category – Winner
ANDREW BARTOLOTTA – Beinfield Architecture
OLD AND NEW; traditional and contemporary; raw and finished. "This kitchen is a study of contrasts," says Andrew Bartolotta of Beinfield Architecture. While the exterior of this Darien home is traditionally designed, its bold and original interior is contemporary, reflecting the lifestyle of the owners, says Bartolotta. A family with four children, they were looking for a modern and efficient kitchen, flexible to change as their lives change with it. "The idea was to create a kitchen that would inspire a five-course meal with friends or a solitary cup of tea alone," says Bartolotta.
By flowing the kitchen into the family room, the team created an open and efficient space for entertaining or relaxing. Sun shining through the massive windows reflects on Bartolotta's unusual surface choices. "The liberal use of industrial materials keeps the palette fresh," he says, pointing to innovative elements that add to the a rustic "mill finish," such as exposed steel and reclaimed barn siding used for the ceiling.
Kitchen Category – Innovator
MARTINA BURIN – Vicente-Burin Architects
This 1930s stone cottage built by famed Westport architect Frazier Forman Peters still retains the quality of its original design, now with added renovations for a family of five. The Darien property overlooks the Sound, and the owners wanted to create a large kitchen that makes use of natural light. Martina Burin of Vicente-Burin Architects utilized a large walk-in pantry instead of upper-wall cabinets, allowing two walls of windows to create the bright and airy space. "The cabinetry and woodwork detailing are in keeping with the Arts & Crafts era of the house," says Burin, "but the materials used evoke a spirited cottage by the sea."
Kitchen Category – Innovator
RICHARD GRANOFF – R.S. Granoff Architects
A full house of four kids and two dogs, this Greenwich family home required a spacious and efficient kitchen. Richard Granoff of R.S. Granoff Architects headed the team that created a 500-square-foot space that allows the family to spend time together and entertain friends. Maintaining a traditional style that blends with the home, Granoff, along with Fairfield-based decorator Ray Forehand, opted for a palette of neutral colors, natural woods and clean lines. "The design created simplicity through modern elements that blended well with the traditional style of the rest of the home," Granoff explains. "It was important to the clients that the space allow for good natural lighting and provide views to the backyard pool and outdoor entertaining spaces." Details of the bright and airy space, including teak and glossy cabinetry by Allmilmö fulfill this perfectly. Horizontal paneling designed by Forehand elongates the space, too.