I connected with Matt after he posted on the Dwell forum in 2017. He posted a question asking about lighting possibilities in a NYC apartment with a slab ceiling. I gave him some pointed advice and options. He liked what I had to say, liked my design work, and asked me to design his apartment. While he was closing on the purchase of the apartment, I was educating him on how to save money while still maintaining the biggest design impact. Cooking and baking were high priorities and we decided to focus our energy on creating his dream kitchen.
We agreed that the kitchen was most important. The central figure in the apartment; it is the first thing you see when you walk inside and always in view. Why not feature it as an object of art to enjoy? Thinking of our initial problem of lighting sparked the idea to have surface mounted linear lights between wood “beams”, which morph to an angled wall towards the entrance and columns at the far end. The fridge, with integrated doors in the same walnut wood, snuggled up next to a massive column creating our central visual anchor.
“The apartment has wonderful morning light and serves as an oasis away from the city. New York is a city of motion. A beautiful place of noise, harsh metal, and concrete. There are a million apartments here, but in this one, I do not need to go to New Hampshire to feel two hundred miles away.”