Cozy Comfortable Kitchen Spaces

When designing kitchens, there is always so much attention placed on the functionality of the workspace. And rightly so. We enjoy advising our clients on workspace planning, appliance selections and lighting plans, but secretly, we’re always thinking about where everyone will sit and enjoy the food once it’s prepared. Where will the homework be done, newspapers read, iPads be strewn? In this Tribeca apartment, featured in Architectural Digest online this week (thank you for the props AD team!), we focused on a combination of table and chairs that fit perfectly together but are not predictable, and a cozy bench/banquette to lean back on at the end of the day, or to sit at while sipping a hot mug of coffee on a Saturday morning.16110163_1242726022489097_4045666267196030976_n

While creating the schematic design for a kitchen/family room in a Brownstone this month, we studied and later proposed two combinations for lighting, tables, and chairs. We like to generate 3D Perspective drawings so that our clients can visualize the proposed spaces with greater ease.opt-1-3d-iSince this is a house built in the late 1800’s, we like the idea of a traditional chandelier form, in a modern iteration-over the table, balanced by a pair of more modern glass globes over the island.

opt-1-lighting-iAntique English Dining Chairs with a beautiful aged patina, pair so well with a modern oval metal dining table. We like the roundness of the chair backs with the oval shaped table. We’d probably reupholster the seat cushions in something colorful and fun.


This metal dining table is so unexpected. We think it’ll be fabulous living in such close proximity to the carrara marble countertops on the island in the kitchen.opt-1-dining-table-and-chairs-iAlternatively, we could also imagine a distressed wood dining table with traditional Windsor chairs, either vintage or painted reproductions.
opt-2-3d-iIn this scenario, it’s the lighting, made in California, with more of a Mediterranean feel, that throws the vibe off just the right amount, and makes it interesting.opt-2-lighting-iiVintage Windsor Chairs in good condition, in numbers more than six, are really hard to come by. 1st dibs is a good place to hunt for these.  opt-2-chairs-iiThere are also a number of manufacturers on the East Coast still making reproduction Windsor Chairs based upon the original patterns. The distressed, painted ones add contrast.opt-2-dining-table-and-chairs-iiDo you have a favorite of these two options?



  • Deborah Early

    Suzanne and Lauren, I am a huge fan of your work! The pendants you chose for the kitchen island are my personal favorites. Would you share the light gray paint color you used for the kitchen cabinets? Looks fantastic.

  • anonymous

    Great post and beautiful project. Is the table you used in the Tribeca project the Saarinen table with a wood top?

  • Kristen F

    I want to know more about the settee or banquette…how do you choose the right shape and fabric in a kitchen that everybody would love to sit on but not be scared?! Love it!!

  • Ashley Uhl Interiors

    Love the final design! So beautiful, especially the grasscloth and the color of the cabinets combined with the white countertops. Noting this for my own kitchen!