Traditional Kitchen

Photography by Peter Krupenye

Carol Kurth FAIA, ASID: Carol Kurth Architecture and Carol Kurth Interiors 

Location: Katonah

This chef’s kitchen was created to accommodate specialized food preparation, to have plenty of storage for food and wine, and to be open and inviting. Small European farm stands inspired the design. A rustic sensibility was achieved by using reclaimed-timber ceiling beams and reclaimed antique-pine flooring. The U-shaped island serves as a wine-tasting area and is detailed with hand-hewn wood-and-steel countertops. Crafted kitchen cabinets were painted by hand with organic pigments and paints. 


Photography by Karen Melvin

Max Parangi: Max Parangi Architects

Location: Larchmont

At the same time the homeowner started remodeling this kitchen, she also got a Great Dane puppy, which has now grown into a large dog. “She [had] it in her head that she wanted to match the color of her countertops to the black and white spots of her Great Dane, and I have to say they did a great job,” says architect Max Parangi. This traditional kitchen with modern touches (including the black-and-white countertops) has not one but two large islands and opens to an eat-in area and the family room. The general contractor was Luongo Enterprises Inc., and the artistic consultant was Exler Studios. Cabinets by CliqStudios. 


Photography by: Peter Krupenye

Dipti Shah and Paul Benowitz: Benowitz and Shah Architects; Randy O’Kane, Bilotta

Location: Scarsdale

The entire design for this project was created around the “must-have” Lacanche range in stunning French blue with brass trim. The designer and the architects wanted to modernize the kitchen while staying true to the iconic original house, which was designed in 1928 by regionally noted architect Franklin P. Hammond. The new plan moved the kitchen from a dark corner in the front of the house to the center and gives the kitchen and family room a visual connection and better flow. There are two islands, which allow this busy family ample space. The island closer to the range has seating and makes a perfect place for doing homework or crafts or having breakfast or snacks. The second island has ample storage and acts as a staging area from the kitchen to the dinner table. The cabinetry is Bilotta’s private label. The contractor was David Anspach. 


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