“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.
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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