Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Moody kitchen.



Richard emailed me yesterday to tell me about this kitchen that he fell in love with:


He says: "It's by a Milanese design firm called Dimore. They're a gay couple, Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci, who own it together, and it's the kitchen of their residence. I looked online and found some pics, but none do it justice.

It's just this incredibly dramatic space. One rarely refers to a kitchen as moody, but this one is. The mix of antique and modern, girly and masculine, sleek and shabby, is absolutely masterful."

I agree. It doesn't even look like a kitchen, which makes it more interesting. Thoughts?

40 comments:

Off the List said...

Isn't it cool - I think that image is from World of Interiors earlier this year.

The Gio Ponti 'Superleggera' dining chair is also a good touch.

Oonafey said...

Love the antique wardrobes as kitchen cabinets.

my favorite and my best said...

it is from world of interiors. it's gorgeous.

Iheartfashion said...

I love a kitchen that doesn't look like a kitchen. Beautiful.

Izabella said...

i think the images must not do it justice. looks too depressing to me. But I can imagine that in person it has a friendlier personality

Anonymous said...

I like it, but since they are taking pains to be so different in their kitchen design... CAN WE STOP HAVING SAARINEN TABLES EVERYWHERE???????

katiedid said...

Looks like a World of Interiors subscription is back on the table. Or on this perfectly aged copper (?) counter. It takes infinite talents to get a place to look this good.

Anonymous said...

Looks like two gay decorators who don't cook thought they were being clever. This is useless in the real world. It does make a great wet bar.

Anonymous said...

I can't picture making Rice Krispie Treats in there.

Anonymous said...

I totally love it. I love the idea of the kitchen as a warm room rather than a sterile white laboratory.

Anonymous said...

Can we see more where that came from? Fantasitc.

R said...

Hate it.
That's all, just hate it.

Kwana said...

It must work for them. It's beautiful and relaxing. I like it. It says take out, simple meals and lots of coffee to me.

Anonymous said...

Anon, September 29, 2009 10:21 AM

Perhaps useless in your world (one can but only imagine), but clearly the world of two gay decorators based in Milan is completely different. Thank God.

The Countess of Nassau County said...

I love kitchens and their coziness and their sense of purpose. Hence I loathe this.

I do agree that a smaller version of the island would make a terrific wet bar.

Just not my thang.

kristin said...

This is one of my favorite kitchens. I am so mad at myself for not purchasing the World of Interiors issue that it was in. I drooled, but was short on $10 that day. Isn't that copper counter amazing?

Anonymous said...

Love it. The perfect place to hang out, drink coffee and smoke cigarettes.

Anonymous said...

All I want in a kitchen is miles of counterspace and everything Windex-able.

(But this space looks sweet for naps during rainstorms.)

Anonymous said...

There is definitely a specific World of Interiors look, much like there was a specific Domino look. Now I am wondering if decorators are actually starting to decorate in that way in order to get published in WOI.

Alison said...

Thoughts? I don't have any. I've been dumbstruck by love. Sigh....

Lolo said...

I do like it, at least as a starting place. Those kitchens that I see, where they've taken old armoires, dressers, assorted antiques and repurposed them are my favorites.

red ticking said...

fabulous...

Anonymous said...

LOVE

Tommy said...

I take this as yet another example that there are very few rules anymore. I love it.

Peggradyart said...

I love it, but it's difficult to see it actually being used to prepare meals in. Or maybe it's just the mess that I normally create that I can't picture being in it. I certainly can picture myself sitting at that table sipping a martini.

It would look pretty cool with the light fixture you posted yesterday.

Anonymous said...

This is one of the most inspiring and beautiful kitchens I've ever seen. Absolutely beautiful.

Quatorze said...

Love the mood and the Swedish settee, in fact, I love it as a relaxing room, just not necessarily a kitchen, though I am sure the room is not a "working" kitchen, unless one is lurking behind the doors of those large cupboards. Cooking, even if it's just coffee and canapes, is necessarily, a messy business which requires at least some utensils and attendant paraphenalia (all you chefs and home cooks know what I mean).

It also looks like the design was directly inspired by the work of that superb master designer, Axel Vervoordt, rather than being something "new", though I still find it very handsome.

Anonymous said...

It's ok but I don't see where the appliances are? Are they all behind 8 foot antique wooden panels that you have to heave open to get a piece of cheese out or toast a bagel?

I'm probably just too average to appreciate it. It definitely doesn't make me die.

Anonymous said...

i would love to see all that is in those huge cabinets! Just a peek. That would show the nay-sayers where all the kitchen stuff is.

Anonymous said...

i would love to see all that is in those huge cabinets!

You would find 600-lb. blocks of cheese.

Anonymous said...

Many of the items in this room are superb and I love antique and non-kitchen furniture mixed into a kitchen. But this particular room makes me feel chilly and sad. Like somebody said, hopefully the owners' personalities radiate warmth and happiness or maybe it's different in person...
-MMF

Ivy Lane said...

I like it!

lucitebox said...

If moody means depressing, that's the vibe I'm getting. I don't care for it much. I'm not all together into all white kitchens either.

My hope is that outside those windows there's a beautiful colorful garden.

Anonymous said...

If I were living in a cabin out in the middle of the woods that would be my choice, not for urban or suburban living though.

Anonymous said...

interesting. many people would love it. but what happens when you go to sell your home??? huh? then what-- ? what do the realtors say then? the same crap i keep hearing- it's to personalized..you have to appeal to the majority-- screw them !!!!!

I say have the kitchen of your dreams not someone elses'- let them come up with their own idea- so., with that- Bravo for the gay men! enjoy your magical space!

redbrickbuilding said...

Love that it doesn't look like a kitchen! That's what I'm trying for. I love to cook and cook often but am totally against fancy, super-specialized kitchenware and gadgets. The clutter stresses me out. Wish there were more images. Anyone remember which issue of WOI it was in?

Richard said...

Well, you guys, we're only seeing 2 walls, maybe there is a stove and refrigerator somewhere else. And I think it does seem functional--think of how much crap you can stash in those massive cabinets. In another picture that I saw but couldn't find online, you can see that they also have a beautiful old chipped and rusty radiator near the settee.

Anonymous said...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/visionet-art/sets/72157600160593420/

Here's some more photos, one of which show that in the wonderful copper counter top there is a range and an oven. I think this is beautiful and melancholy--it's a mood that not everyone identifies with, but I find enchanting.

As an avid cook though, I would be limited by this kitchen. I would be afraid to mess anything up, and there's not enough counter space for me. Could you even put a hot pan near that copper? What about scratching everything up? I don't like stainless steel counters for the same reason, and don't care for a "worn" look on metals like that.

Love the giant, wooden cabinets. Bravo for clear counters!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Flickr link, Anon 1:11.

That big copper thing turns out to provide very little counterspace. The top is mainly sink and burners.

Suzy said...

Was also published in the French AD back in September '08. Love it.