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OCT 2013

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Transformations After Asifa Tirmizi, principal of the New York City-based Tirmizi Campbell, wanted to transform the kitchen into a larger, more open space – without taking up any additional square footage. So, he took an outside-thebox approach – or, in this case, an under-the-stairs approach – utilizing the underside of the stairs as a storage area, which transitions cleanly into one side of the kitchen. Tirmizi explains, "This worked well in terms of utilizing space that typically gets wasted. We also decided to go with under-the-counter refrigerators, which maximized counter space in the kitchen while providing the same volume of refrigeration as a traditional refrigerator." The overall design of the space was inspired by the building's uniqueness and historical presence, according to Tirmizi. As such, he kept some of the existing elements, including the original brickwork and high ceilings, and added an island with storage to the space. To achieve the contemporary feeling the clients wanted, the exposed brick was painted white, while a material palette of warm, natural, pristine whites and grays complement the medium dark teakwood. The end result is a modern, open and contemporary space that works well despite the limited square footage used. Before Working with small spaces is always a challenge. In the case of this loft-style apartment in New York City, the original kitchen was not only small, but also very dated, with little storage and a closed-in feeling. However, with limited square footage to work with, the design team needed to get creative in opening up the space. Because the building was originally a hotel, the apartment layouts also presented some unique challenges. Photos: Sean Karns I f you work in the design industry, it's hard not to be captivated by the transformation process – taking an ugly, dated or poorly functioning space and making it look and work better for the client. While there's plenty of hard work involved in taking a project from conception to completion, there's something inspiring about reviewing where a space started – and how it turned out. This month's Transformations features a small New York City kitchen in a loft-style apartment located in a building that was formerly a hotel – which created some unique design challenges. Ad Index COMPANY CIRCLE NO. PAGE COMPANY CIRCLE NO. PAGE COMPANY CIRCLE NO. PAGE Advance Tabco 103 66 JSI Quality Cabinetry 24 33 Outwater Plastics 111 67 Antolini 29 45 Karran USA 26 36 Panasonic 45 60 Bertazzoni 30 49 Keystone Wood Specialties 105 67 Perlick Corp. 15 21 Blanco America Inc. 7, 9, 16 12, 14, 23 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show 34 57 Rangecraft Manufacturing Inc. 110 67 BrassTech 28 41 Kohler Company 14 19 RealView 104 67 Chief Architect 12 16 LG Electronics 4 6 67 51 61 107 32 38, 39 Custom Building Products Liebherr Group RICKI-Research Institute of Cooking & Research Intelligence Custom Inserts 106 67 MarketNet Div. Interline Creative Group, Inc. 5 8 Doug Mockett 13 17 Mid Continent Cabinetry 44 70 Samsung 21, 22 24, 25 SEN Design Group 35, 40 58, 62 108 67 Stanisci Design Elmira Stove Works 42 63 Mr. Steam 1 1a-1b Top Knobs 11 15 Forevermark Cabinetry 43 69 Nantucket Sinks 41 14 Toto USA 25 34 19, 20 26, 29 Native Trails 27 37 U-Line Corp. 8 13 33 53 NKBA-National Kitchen & Bath Assoc. 36 59 Vent-A-Hood 3 4 Noble Company 10 12 Viking Range Corp. 2 2-3 Osborne Wood Products 37 63 White River Hardwoods 23 32 Outsource Kitchen Design 100 66 Whitehaus Collection 109 67 Woodland Cabinetry 6 9 Geberit Grass America Inc. Imperial Cal. Products, Inc. 102 66 InSinkErator 17, 18 30, 31 Innovis Corp. 101 66 68 | Kitchen & Bath Design News October 2013

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