This project combined two narrow, end to end apartments for a former submariner and current amateur gourmand. We used the kitchen as a way of stitching the two apartments together and providing a threshold between the public and private ends of the apartment. An open dining and living area at the front of the apartment take advantage of the existing detailing and fireplace to create an area for gathering and entertaining. This area is mediated as it merges into the kitchen by a counter height seating area so that the transition from preparation to socializing can be seamless. The public space was contrasted with a need for privacy both in the bedroom but also in a den that serves as a refuge and a workspace. To define this separation we created an undulating walnut millwork element that evolved from high shelving in the kitchen to a full bookcase with an integrated media system and finally into a system of shoji-like doors that could fully enclose the den area.