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colored glass and walnut panels give the
pantry a sleek appearance “but it’s very complex inside,” says Paul Reidt, who designed
shelves and compartments of various sizes.
The kitchen’s back counter includes a built-in stainless-steel sink (facing page, top).
Up close, the peninsula’s glass top (facing
page, bottom) glows in the light.
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With the walnut and glass taking
center stage, neutral materials were used
elsewhere. Cabinet hardware is stainless
steel, as are the food preparation counter-
tops. Although the surface does mar eas-
ily (“Paul said not to call him on the first
scratch,” Papoyans recalls, admitting that
the first one made her nervous), the imper-
fections are part of the appeal. They blend
together in a pleasing manner, says Papoy-
ans. “It’s a working counter, and it’s inter-
esting to see that. If it becomes too much,
they can be buffed out.”
A peninsula provides a distinctive
mealtime seating area. “Since the piece
borders the living area, we wanted to make
it seem furniture-like with an
interesting and dressy coun-
tertop material,” says Reidt,
who encouraged Papoyans to
use 1¼-inch-thick recycled
glass. “When light hits the material,” says
Reidt, “it bounces around inside, and the
amazing consequence is that it looks as if
As for the cylindrical Elica hood sus-