New York-based interior designer Antonino Buzzetta is accustomed to giving his all to create beautiful spaces for his (often A-list) clients. But when it came to renovating his own house in the Hamptons, it was more personal. During an extensive remodeling project, Buzzetta more than doubled his 1,200 square-foot house, and one of the rooms that got seriously pumped up was the kitchen. For the special space, he teamed up with Italian appliance manufacturer Bertazzoni to work with its traditional Heritage Collection.
Buzzetta, who is the son of an Italian baker, found a kindred spirit in the company, which has been family-owned for six generations. "The company is focused on food, family, engineering, and design," he says. "I felt like this was the perfect blend of values for my own personal kitchen."
In the process of renovating his kitchen, Buzzetta pushed out the back wall (the left wall behind the refrigerator in the above photo) about 20 feet, which allowed him to design an inviting, functional space where people could gather around a large central island. And the transformation is almost unbelievable. An efficient layout optimizes the expansive countertop space, while additional windows and a neutral color palette keeps things light and timeless.
When it came to the design inspiration for his new kitchen, Buzzetta says it was important for the space to feel classic yet modern. "I have always loved a classic white Hamptons kitchen but wanted it to feel less fussy," he says. To accomplish that, Buzzetta focused on custom cabinetry with minimal chrome hardware and white Carrara marble countertops.
To keep things anything but cookie cutter, the 13-foot island was painted a medium gray to anchor the space and stand out from the white wall cabinets. Also, on the wall of cabinets opposite the sink, Buzzetta used cabinet doors with glass fronts. The design mirrors the actual windows on the opposite wall, and as Buzzetta points out, keeps things from feeling too closed off. In a kitchen that's got plenty of storage, it allows him to display some of his favorite dishes—and most importantly, it serves a functional role by directing guests to the right place to grab a glass or plate out of.
"I wanted all of my guests to feel comfortable grabbing a glass for a cocktail without opening up every cabinet," he says. A kitchen that prevents you from awkwardly opening every single cabinet in your friend's kitchen before finding the one thing you were looking for? Goals.
Without a doubt, the 48-inch Bertazzoni Heritage range and hood is the focal point of the kitchen. The matte black range puts state-of-the-art cooking technology into an antique-style design, that, as Buzzetta puts it, "reimagines a time-honored traditional style, while adding a modern flair. It's familiar and comfortable to use, yet it adds such character to the kitchen." The sleek hood makes quite the statement against the white subway tile backsplash that Buzzetta took all the way up the wall to emphasize the tall ceilings.
In addition to the dual-oven range, Buzzetta also incorporated Bertazzoni's convection steam and speed ovens, along with two warming drawers, into the island, which provide additional and varied cooking methods. There's only one question left: How do we get one of our own?
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