Kitchens Guide 2017

Teeming with bespoke cabinetry, clever storage solutions, and the finest finishes, five local projects provide plenty of big ideas for your next renovation.

Photograph by Matt Delphenich, styling by Morgan Mackintosh/Anchor Artists

The Dynamic Redo

Reframe the focal point.

Location: Brookline
Size: 310 square feet

With two young children and a third on the way, the new owners of this sunny 1915 Brookline apartment loved their family-friendly digs. The only problem? The kitchen—a cramped, outdated space with a brick chimney smack-dab in the center of the room.

To open things up, Boston architect Isamu Kanda, principal of I-Kanda Architects, pushed back one wall, giving the room an extra 85 square feet and a new swath of storage. The chimney, once obtrusive, now shines thanks to the addition of a 12-foot cantilevered island, supported by a steel frame hidden under the new oak flooring. Topped with the same honed quartzite used for the counters and backsplash, the sculptural piece—custom-made by Furniture Design Services—boasts a carved birch base meant to evoke a rock formation that’s “eroded over time,” Kanda explains.

Beyond the island, Kanda demolished the wall between the original kitchen and existing dining room, merging the two spaces into one fluid area for cooking, dining, and family gatherings. He also masterminded the recessed, circular ceiling details, intended to track the sun as it moves through the room. Kanda says that he and his team “designed the kitchen as a space in motion.”

Cantilevered walnut shelves line up with the ventilation hood, suspended over the Thermador oven. / Photograph by Matt Delphenich

Designed to look “carved out by use,” the custom island also houses storage drawers and a Thermador microwave. / Photograph by Matt Delphenich


Architect I-Kanda Architects
Contractor Kairouz Construction
Cabinetry + Island Furniture Design Services

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