Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson, the design duo behind Drake/Anderson, are known for their stylish schemes and a penchant for producing luxurious, impactful spaces. So, when their clients—a couple who had just purchased an apartment in a new Manhattan building—wanted to gut their kitchen in favor of injecting some personality and color, the designers were more than happy to oblige.
“We landed on a beautiful blue for the cabinetry, which looks rich, sophisticated and playful,” Anderson says of the chosen hue: Benjamin Moore’s Vermont Slate. The painted custom cabinetry also camouflages all appliances and even houses a semi-walk-in pantry and breakfast bar.
“The color was the biggest point of departure, and the marble came second,” Anderson continues. “The client loves interesting stones, and this room has three! The Oyster White marble on the countertops and backsplash is highly gestured with organic veining, while the White Thassos and Blue de Savoie marbles on the floor are laid in a geometric Mondrian-style pattern but they all marry together wonderfully.”
Another focal point is the plush L-shape banquette, which is built into the back of the peninsula, saving valuable square footage and giving the room a nice sense of movement. This informal dining nook is visually connected to the prep area with a large lighting piece from Apparatus overhead while artwork by Melinda Hackett enlivens the entire space. “This kitchen isn’t huge,” Anderson says, “but it certainly feels dynamic.”
To satiate the same client’s love of color and Bisazza tile, Drake/Anderson enveloped a powder bath located off the office in a mesmerizing gradient mosaic. “The upper half almost recalls windows in a skyscraper,” Drake says. Since the design of the adjacent workspace is fun and whimsical, the same feeling was carried into the bathroom with a playful all-over tile arrangement.
Drake notes that, “the clean, contemporary floating vanity doesn’t compete with the surroundings, but its curved shape adds another layer of visual interest.” A benefit of sheathing every surface in tile? “It melts the perimeters of the room, making it appear larger,” Drake explains.