August 9, 2016
An Unrivaled Kitchen in Tribeca by CetraRuddy and Christopher Peacock
C.C. Sullivan gives us an intimate look inside MetroLoft's 443 Greenwich, designed by CetraRuddy and Christopher Peacock.
by New York Spaces
Ultimate Tribeca, Unrivaled Kitchen —
An Inside Look at MetroLoft's 443 Greenwich, by CetraRuddy and Christopher Peacock
By C.C. Sullivan
At the tippy-top of the design-driven residential market these days, it helps to go the extra mile. The push for better quality of details, finishes, amenities and services often makes a million-dollar difference, says developer Nathan Berman, founder of MetroLoft Development and a leader in the downtown Manhattan's hottest markets.
As an example, Berman offers a kitchen case study: The carefully engineered and richly handcrafted offerings at the heart of MetroLoft's latest luxe condominium, 443 Greenwich in TriBeCa. The building's 53 lofts and penthouses feature a custom kitchen design from a first-of-its-kind collaboration between cabinetmaker Christopher Peacock and renowned architecture-and-interiors firm CetraRuddy .
Peacock's cabinets are finished in walnut-stained white oak cabinetry with clear maple interior surfaces and
antiqued bronze hardware, creating a contrast with the stainless-steel appliances and a fine balance between modern and classical design. The kitchens are a departure for Peacock yet bear the inimitable stamp of CetraRuddy, a leader in super-high-end condominium projects that was recently inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. Sizeable island units are topped with Calacatta marble, highlighted with polished stainless-steel straps, add to an "informal yet clearly handcrafted environment," says Nancy Ruddy, founding principal and executive director of interior design at CetraRuddy, which also led the 1882 landmark building's renovation, architecture and overall interior design.
Armed with MetroLoft's market insights and competitive zeal, Ruddy's team determined an overall vibe and sensibility for the residences with a kitchen design that creates a heart and soul of each unit. The appliances, primarily in stainless steel and glass, set off the light marble and darker schist used as accent, backsplash and base surfaces. The custom floors of 8-inch-wide white oak planks are echoed subtly in a nearby wet bar's glass doors sporting narrow, acid-etched stripes to add visual depth. Today's luxe basics complete the setup: a Miele espresso maker, twin dishwashers, and a glass-fronted 70-bottle wine fridge with two chilling zones, by Gaggenau. Nearby are warming drawers to keep cappuccino cups just the right temperature before foamed milk and coffee are poured. A hearthlike oven surround frames the cooking center, adding subtle focus.
"The kitchen brings together the latest and best ideas today in a custom, highly crafted living environment, whether in the midtown or the downtown markets," says Richard Cantor of Cantor-Pecorella, which is marketing the residences. "Anybody can claim to have great materials, but the most discriminating buyers can discern the deft touch of market leaders like Christopher Peacock and CetraRuddy."
For Berman, the design studio has been a potent ally, especially for cutting-edge projects in historic buildings like 443 Greenwich that aim for the top end of the market. (Earlier this year, one of the penthouses at 443 Greenwich sold for $54 million, the biggest sale of the year in downtown Manhattan.) From their studio nearby in SoHo, CetraRuddy builds on an international track record of award-winning and influential multifamily buildings, luxury condominiums, homes and market-leading kitchen concepts, noteworthy for their high degree of quality and craft.
The kitchen at 443 Greenwich was the first such collaboration for Christopher Peacock Home with an architecture-and-design studio, and it's also a rare multi-unit project for a cabinetmaker better known for made-to-order, single-family work. Founded in 1992, Christopher Peacock holds a philosophy of classic understated elegance, and emphasizes beautiful, handcrafted cabinetry in the British tradition.
"Our work at 443 Greenwich represents a number of firsts, not the least of which is the overall look of the kitchens," says the founder, Christopher Peacock. "It's a decidedly modern aesthetic compared with much of our work, but we were careful to ensure that the level of detail and craftsmanship impart a feeling of timelessness that also lends a sense of warmth."
Timelessness is a watchword for buyers as it has been for Berman, who is also an expert in the fine art market. "Conversions of historic landmarks like 443 Greenwich, a classic by the famed architect Charles Haight, open the doors for truly original offerings that reflect the classic character of a New York City neighborhood," says the developer. Not only does the building offer "majestic architecture, extraordinary finishes, a wealth of space and ultimate privacy in the perfect TriBeCa location," he adds, but it also retains irreplaceable architectural elements, including 16-inch square Carolina Yellow Pine beams.
"We wanted these kitchens to feel like a natural part of the living space—rooms that are much more than functional areas for preparing meals," says Ruddy. "This is the heart of the home, a place for family gatherings, homework, and celebration, part entertainment center and part nourishment for the soul."
As seen in recent closings, MetroLoft reports that buyers are keeping their kitchens almost completely intact rather than making the extensive modifications often seen at the top end of the market. The team wanted something unique in the Manhattan market, and they apparently succeeded. "It's common for listing agents to say, 'Nobody else has this,'" Cantor quips. "And fortunately—in our case—it's actually true."
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