Londoner in New York


I stumbled across this wonderful kitchen in the February edition of US Architectural Digest. The article features the complete apartment designed by Rafael de Cardenas for a Londoner who recently relocated to New York. Two images grabbed my attention, well to be honest stopped me in my tracks. Both echo current trends in the design space, brass hardware which thankfully is not going away and bright painted artistic walls. 

The cabinetry is painted in a Benjamin Moore 'gray' and is combined with bespoke brass hardware. The grey appears to have lovely blue undertones, which combined with brass and marble are some of my favourite combinations. The kitchen layout appears to be challenging and I wonder if the designer chose the graphic port holes to distract the eye. The layout was certainly one of the last things I thought of when looking at this picture. I'm becoming increasingly obsessed with this combination and am thinking about a small refresh to my kitchen along these lines.

The herringbone floors and brass accents sit beautifully with the period features. They enable dramatic elements to ease into place such as this wall covering in the hallway from the artist collective Assume Vivid Astro Focus. This colourful piece brings a youthful energy to this bright and light space. The location is perfect as this is clearly a space which isn't heavily used for eating, living or sleeping. Gorgeous.

Architectural Digest, Greenwich village penthouse designed by Rafael de Cardenas

Images by Bjorn Wallander for Architectural Digest