Kitchen With a Twist

Designer Vignette - August 2011

I welcome you to my kitchen - with a twist. This kitchen combines the conveniences associated with luxury spaces of today and antiques brought to Michigan from Europe by antique purveyor, Judy Frankel. The antiques designed into the kitchen originated in a variety of places. From the classical influenced French architectural elements, to the Asian cabinetry, the pieces come together to form the foundation of a kitchen.

The weathered and uniquely stylized pediments that crown the pair of Sub Zero built-ins flank the state of the art 60” stainless steel range by Wolf. The signature red knobs of the range are reinforced by the characters that adorn the font of the apothecary cabinets and share the space between the built-ins. Floating glass shelves appear to glow as they project from the wall. The glass resting just above the apothecary drawers allows a smooth surface to reveal the polish of time and use atop each unit.

A mix of metals blend with wood, quartz surfacing and other decorative surfaces to showcase each antique from Judy’s collection in unique setting. The all-metal cabinet that serves as the sink base is the center of attention and the island opposite the range, while the long Chinese cabinet that backs it is front and center at the entrance to the room.

The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home. Antiques can warm that heart as they hold the potential of introducing a focal point, accent or integral component in the design of a space. Art, furniture and decorative objects that have a history add a fresh perspective to any home, regardless of style. Consider an antique the next time you update your kitchen and give your own kitchen a twist.