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JUL 2018

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Salerno agrees with Abeles' interpretation of recent design history. "Yes, I remember when homeowners wanted to hide their appliances behind paneling so they were practically indis- tinguishable from the cabinetry. And then – bam! – all that changed. Appliances came out in the open and stainless steel became king." INDUSTRIAL PURITY A rehabbed 1,300-sq.-ft. loft in New York City's Soho district shows off industrial chic in its purest form. Here, Liz Whall created a home that respects the industrial history and bones of the space and yet functions as a beautiful, interesting home for a young man who's a law student and gourmet cook. "We kept the outer brick walls, original high windows, wonderful pine board floors and ducts and pipes," she notes. "We also unboxed the original columns and found they had gorgeous capitals, so we kept them in their natural state. Altogether, this is a very authentic space. "In the kitchen we installed top-notch appliances, includ- ing an industrial range, a rotisserie and wine storage. A wall of white subway tile holds open shelves, and a work area with desk space is part of the kitchen. To create a visual separation of that area, we gave it a background of powder-coated steel. Both the desk and dining table are tree slices, complete with the bark still on. The space is organic, natural and warm, even though it's full of industrial design features." To create an industrial chic kitchen, Whall thinks it best to start with a neutral palette, such as grays or whites. Then, to add softness, she suggests layering in warm wood tones. Woods that have some wear – even scratches, knots and nicks – add to the authenticity of the style, she maintains. The overall palette should reflect the hues found in metals, wood, leather, rope and other elements typical of the old industrial complexes. For a contemporary twist, she suggests adding a bright accent color, perhaps a citrus tone. When Leigh Ann Raines was asked to update a mid-cen- tury guest house-studio in California's Hollywood Hills, she settled on the simplicity of an industrial kitchen. Industrial chic is seen here in a classic New York City loft. Designer Liz Whall kept its time-honored features, such as old pine floors, iron columns and brick work, while adding top-of-the-line appliances. A mid-century modern kitchen in Hollywood Hills, CA goes industrial in the hands of de- signer Leigh Anne Raines of Chic By Design. To give the space an organic feel, she had the concrete floor lacquered and installed light gray wood cabinets. Photo: Chic by Design Photos: Nicholas Calcott 42 Kitchen & Bath Design News • July 2018 STYLE ALERT

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