This Manhattan Kitchen Has the Most Surprising Stove

Is it the citrus center—or the colorful sprinkles—that makes this Manhattan kitchen so fantastic?

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Jonathan Hokklo

“They wanted a home that didn’t look like everyone else’s,” says designer Penelope August of her best friend, who, along with her husband (both contemporary artists), hired August to decorate their Manhattan town­house. “They’re very comfortable with color,” she says.

No ordinary white kitchen—nor the standard chrome appliances that often go with it—would do. So August collaborated with the homeowners on a rainbow-bright palette with a Lacanche range in Provence Yellow as the vivid focal point. The range features two electric ovens and a storage drawer, which provides high functionality. Topping off the range area is a vent hood designed by Yun that is made of Shikkui, a lime plaster from Japan.

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Jonathan Hokklo

She tempered this with reclaimed heart-pine floors and Farrow & Ball’s Calluna paint on the cabinets, a color that’s surprisingly complementary to the stove. “It’s a pale lavender gray, sort of a noncolor color,” August explains. The terrazzo counter and backsplash, inspired by designer Shiro Kuramata, coordinates with the colors in adjacent rooms, and the colorful recycled ​glass chips are embedded in white epoxy. August worked with Susan Yun of Yun Architecture on the layout and millwork in the kitchen. The milk-glass pulls from House of Antique Hardware strike a luminescent note for the space. Says August, “We wanted it to look like it all belonged there, but not quite so literally.”


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