Kitchens: Minimalist Marvel

This Back Bay penthouse’s modern chef’s kitchen, created by architect David Hacin and his design team, opens up to a formal dining room with seating for 12.

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Photographs by Jamie Salomon

Cabinets: Black: wire-brushed, ebonized rift-cut white oak. White: MDF cabinets with white gloss lacquer. Both Venegas and Company.

Counters and Backsplash: Honed silver quartzite,GerrityStone.

Pendant Lights: Artemide Castore 14, Neenas Lighting.

Range: 48-inch Wolf Pro gas rangetop, Poirier.

Range Hood: 48-inch Wolf Pro in stainless steel, Poirier.

Double Wall Ovens: 30-inch Wolf E Series built-in flush mount, Poirier.

Accessory Ovens: Wolf warming and microwave drawers, Poirier.

Sink: Julien Classic collection in stainless steel, Billie Brenner.

Faucet: Dornbracht Meta 0.2 with separate hand spray and lever handle, Billie Brenner.

Dishwasher: Miele Optima II series, Poirier.

Refrigerators: 36-inch Sub-Zero Over- and-Under and Sub-Zero undercounter wine cooler, both Poirier.

Stools: Komplot Gubi 3C swivel stool, Suite New York.

Wood Floor: White oak.


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Smart Moves

1 pot cupboard  A cookware collection as great as this all-copper set deserves a dedicated storage space. Hacin created this small pantry, hidden behind a pocket door, for easy access to serving pieces and saucepans.

2 knife drawer  Custom-milled insets for each
of the owner’s favorite knives make safekeeping a snap.

3 vertical lift cupboard  Overhead cabinetry
is easily reached via upward-hinging doors.

4 custom drawers  Because the kitchen is an
integral part of the living space, everything was designed to be neatly stowed away. Drawer inserts include spice jars with clear lids, food-wrap dispensers, and lined dish units.

Back Bay

Owner Profile  A couple and their adult daughter.
Setting  A gut-renovated penthouse overlooking the Charles River.
Size  175 square feet.
Biggest Challenge  Integrate an open chef’s kitchen into a minimalist living space.
Greatest Perks  Fully customized drawers and cabinets that accommodate every accessory.
Architecture and Design  Hacin + Associates, Boston.
Contractor  Sea-Dar Construction, Boston and Osterville.