February 21, 2016
A Chic Kitchen/Dining Space by Lori Margolis
Designer Lori Margolis goes with the wood grains in this modish, 800-sq.-ft. kitchen/dining/entertaining space.
by Judith Nasatir
INTO THE WOODS
Designer Lori Margolis goes with the wood grains in this modish, 800-sq.-ft. kitchen/dining/entertaining space
Multi-function spaces are all the rage these days. But when it comes to walking the walk in that department of practical beauty, designer Lori Margolis sashays—with attitude. As the elegant, artful 800-sq.-ft. kitchen/dining/entertaining space she recently created for clients in the Hamptons makes clear, she puts the multi into function with remarkable ease, and a whole lot of style besides.
Margolis has designed the kitchen area to tie in to the topography, as it were, with woods done in gray tones. "We wanted an organic feel, and we see the graining," she explains. In juxtaposition, she has thoughtfully sited smoked antique mirror tiles to add drama to the scene and contrast with the soft gay of the cabinetry. Oak floors that have been refinished and triple bleached provide a soft, silky, subtle footing throughout.
In the dining area, she took the organic to the next level. Lindsey Adelman's signature steel-and-glass Branching Bubble fixture hangs over a sleek table of Margolis' own design with a resin top that is half white "bleeding into black."
As for adaptability, says Margolis, she simply built it in. "They wanted to be able to entertain in this space, without losing the feeling of coziness," and they can. Thanks to the designer's savvy, there's comfy, intimate seating for five, that memorable table, which easily seats 15, and plenty of open space to welcome much larger parties.
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