Con­trast­ing Cuci­nas

How three sea­soned ar­chi­tec­ture firms spice up the black and white kitchen pal­ette

Designlines - - Contents - BY ERIC MUTRIE

Three ar­chi­tec­tural stu­dios serve up dif­fer­ent takes on black and white kitchen renos

230 square me­tres in Trin­ity Bell­woods

THE Brief: A cou­ple who paired off later in life en­listed Wanda Ely Ar­chi­tect to con­vert one of their houses from its two-apart­ment setup into a home fit for their blended fam­ily. Merg­ing the prop­erty’s di­vided spa­ces al­lowed for the re­moval of a nar­row ten­ant’s stair­well in the rear half of the house and pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand the kitchen. One de­tail that had to sur­vive the reno: the first floor’s tin ceil­ing, which ap­pealed to the own­ers’ love of bistro-style cafes.

THE so­lu­tion: Ely’s vi­sion blends to­gether sleek ap­pli­ances with time-worn tex­ture. First, that tin ceil­ing. Now painted black, it picks up where the kitchen is­land ends to vis­ually sep­a­rate cook­ing area from din­ing zone, giv­ing the lat­ter an added sense of oc­ca­sion. It’s also a dis­tin­guished com­ple­ment to the dark low­ers and dap­per black trim­mings that pop against the room’s white mill­work and sub­way tile. Ely’s ma­te­rialmix­ing con­tin­ues with the floor­ing. A high-traf­fic cor­ri­dor be­tween the side en­trance and back pa­tio door is clad in durable pat­terned tile that con­tin­ues up onto the walls to bet­ter de­fine the mud­room. Wal­nut cab­i­nets keep coats or­derly while har­mo­niz­ing with the open shelv­ing at the other end of the room. WANDAELYARCHITECT.COM

250 square me­tres in Wy­ch­wood Park

THE BRIEF: A young fam­ily seek­ing new digs made an ex­cit­ing find in the form of a cen­tury-old house. Un­for­tu­nately, it hadn’t been re­freshed since the ’70s. Hav­ing re­lo­cated from a loft down­town, the first-time home­own­ers wanted a more open-con­cept floor plan for the dated prop­erty – but de­bated about just how much moder­nity the house would em­brace. They pre­sented their con­flict­ing vi­sions to Stu­dioac, which pro­posed re­lo­cat­ing the kitchen to the rear ad­di­tion’s mud­room and re­plac­ing it with some­thing a lit­tle more sim­patico.

THE SO­LU­TION: A to­tal gut job cre­ated a free-flow­ing first floor cul­mi­nat­ing in a kitchen that acts as both fam­ily hub and vis­ual fo­cal point. The navy and ivory cook­ery’s toned-down take on a high-im­pact pal­ette ef­fec­tively mar­ries mod­ern and tra­di­tional. Fur­ther fu­sions of styles are found in the de­tails: face-frame cab­i­netry adds pe­riod charm, and a sleek wooden shelf show­cases min­i­mal­ist serv­ing ware. The 2.4-me­tre penin­sula is ready for work and ca­sual meals, while a back door off the side mud­room con­nects the kitchen to the cedar-clad pa­tio. ARCHCOLLAB.COM

185 square me­tres in Oak­wood Vil­lage

THE BRIEF: Two fre­quent glo­be­trot­ters set out to de­mol­ish their home in the old city of York and erect some­thing more eclec­tic. Reigo & Bauer – known for putting their own sig­na­ture twists on mod­ern style – de­vised a mono­lithic black res­i­dence that jux­ta­poses its min­i­mal form with fun flour­ishes, like an in­set al­cove decked in bold hot pink. The next step: car­ry­ing that mash-up of aus­ter­ity and at­ti­tude in­side to cre­ate a kitchen that de­liv­ers its own sur­prises.

THE SO­LU­TION: Whim­si­cal fur­nish­ings and sto­ried ma­te­ri­als coun­ter­bal­ance the space’s clean, sim­ple ar­chi­tec­ture. Set on play­fully re­gal legs, the cus­tom is­land by Filo Timo looks like it was lifted straight out of a fan­ta­sy­land. Fur­ther char­ac­ter comes cour­tesy of tex­tu­ral melamine cab­i­netry and mar­ble coun­ter­tops, which will doc­u­ment the pas­sage of time with their chips and marks. An oven hood and backsplash clad in an oil-rubbed steel echo the cop­pery sheen of the nearby pen­dants. In a nod to the pink en­trance cut-out out­side, the fridge and walk-in pantry are tucked into an an­gu­lar nook. REIGOANDBAUER.COM

1 Bistrostyle IKEA CAB­I­NETRY; SHELVES BY COLETECH; CAESARSTONE COUN­TERS; OLYMPIA TILE BACKSPLASH; PEN­DANTS FROM SESCOLITE; AP­PLI­ANCE LOVE RANGE AND FRIDGE; METTRO SOURCE TILE; FLOOR­ING BY INVISION HARD­WOOD.

2 GOURMET CHIC WHITE OAK FLOOR­ING FROM NORTH­ERN WIDE PLANK; STU­DIO ITALIA DE­SIGN PEN­DANTS FROM LIGHTFORM; WIN­DOWS AND SKY­LIGHT FROM JELD-WEN.

WHIM­SI­CAL WON­DER

COUN­TER­TOPS BY MAR­BLE AND MAR­BLE; MILL­WORK BY O’SUL­LI­VAN; RAKKS SHELV­ING SYS­TEM; RE­JU­VE­NA­TION PEN­DANTS; OAK FLOOR­ING FROM MONCER.

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