avid sharff knows the difference between
childlike and childish. “Whimsy without being goofy,” explains the architect, whose eponymous firm is in Medfield, Massachusetts. It’s a difficult
balance, but one he achieved in the remodel of a sky-high apartment in
Boston’s Ritz-Carlton Residences.
On the upside, the 3,000-square-foot unit was a blank slate of bright
white walls and standard-issue fixtures. On the downside, there were only
three bedrooms, including the master, and the space needed to accommodate the homeowner and his fiancée, his four young children from a
previous marriage, and their nanny.
The apartment is a pied-á-terre that the owner, a resident of
Pennsylvania, uses for weekends with his children, who live with their
mother in Massachusetts. His priority for the redesign was to have a fun,
safe, and happy space to share with his young daughter and three sons. In
the new kitchen is a hub of activity. Sharff chose a reclaimed
tiger maple table (below) from Staples Cabinet Makers in
Plainville, Massachusetts, that can withstand heavy use. The
Poggenpohl cabinetry is a mix of elm veneer and white lacquer,
giving the space depth and dimension. Kitchen designer Rosemary
Porto added a mini-counter (facing page) where kids can make
their own snacks and grab drinks from the beverage fridge.