February 15, 2017

Open Kitchens that are More Functional and Inviting for Everyday Living and Entertaining

With so many open kitchens, interior architects and designers are getting creative to take the “openness” out of the open kitchen to maximize space.

by New York Spaces

With so many open kitchens, interior architects and designers are getting creative to take the "openness" out of the open kitchen to maximize space. Designers are creating unique ways to conceal the mess, appliances, and in some cases, the entire sink! These design features make an open space more functional and inviting for day-to-day living and entertaining. Below are some examples where designers have take the "open" out of open kitchens.

152 Elizabeth Street
152 Elizabeth Street; Photo by Paul Warchol.


Situated in the heart of Nolita, 152 Elizabeth is an ultra luxury condominium designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese Architect Tadao Ando, in collaboration with Gabellini Sheppard Associates. The boutique seven story building features seven meticulously designed homes that feature a number of special architectural details including stunning custom marble countertops by the Italian brand Minimal. An incredibly unique feature, the kitchen countertops easily slide back when desired to reveal a hidden sink and faucet that pulls up. The kitchens are also outfitted with custom cabinetry, appliances by Gaggenau and counters made of honed Fango marble.

Tadao Ando's first residential project in New York City and outside of Asia, 152 Elizabeth features materials considered to be Ando hallmarks, such as poured-in-place concrete, burnished metal, voluminous glass and a living green wall. The building is being developed by Sumaida + Khurana.

200 East 62nd Street.
200 East 62nd Street.


New luxury residential development on the Upper East Side. Originally built in 1967, 200E62 has been redesigned with a refined, modern aesthetic to emphasize the graciously proportioned interiors. With interiors and public spaces curated by Messana O'Rorke, the 30-story building has been converted into 115 condominium residences ranging from one to four bedrooms. With an emphasis on openness, all of the homes feature expansive floor plans, generously proportioned windows and sweeping views. The building is being developed by O'Connor Capital Partners.

Messana O'Rorke designed the open layout kitchens with an extension over the counter to create a separation between the dining room and the kitchen and any cooking or activity going on while still having the open airiness.

70 Vestry
70 Vestry.


70 Vestry, a boutique condominium along the Hudson River in Tribeca, features incredibly spacious kitchens that were designed to be a center of gravity within these waterfront homes. With Bardiglio Imperial marble countertops accented by Calcatta Milano marble, the kitchens are opulent but functional with islands that extend into kitchen tables with ample storage space.

The Bardiglio carries through to the kitchen hoods that are bordered by bookshelves and set against a stainless steel blacksplash. The kitchen will additionally have a breakfast bar elegantly tucked away behind custom oak cabinetry (accessible by large-scale pulls), with top-of-the-line Miele appliances including a built-in espresso/coffee machine and combi-steam oven, and storage areas including Sub-Zero wine storage with the capacity to hold 146 bottles of wine. 70 Vestry is the product of a unique collaboration between Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Daniel Romualdez who designed the residences and amenity spaces at the building.

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