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“The heart of the project was the
kitchen,” says architect Mette Aamodt, principal at Aamodt/Plumb Architects of Cambridge and Austin, Texas, who worked on the
redesign. “It was dingy, grimy, and needed
updating,” she says of the Julia Child-era
kitchen, where the legendary television celebrity chef — who lived in the neighborhood —
is rumored to have cooked on occasion.
To bring it up to date, Aamodt and her
partner and husband, architect Andrew
Plumb, added high-gloss cabinetry and Caesarstone quartz countertops. A dropped ceiling was removed, returning the room to its
10-foot height, and a butler’s pantry was lined
with sleek, simple cupboards. Most dramatically, however, the walls in one corner of the
610-square-foot kitchen were replaced with
floor-to-ceiling windows, connecting the
space with the yard. Now a rustic oak kitchen
table feels as if it sits right in the garden.
Persuaded by their son, Joshua Comaroff, an architect now practicing in Singapore
who attended Harvard’s Graduate School of
Design with Aamodt and Plumb, the Coma-
semicustom cabinetry features exposed Baltic birch plywood edges, oak
veneer, and steel hardware — materials repeated in shelving throughout the
kitchen. George Nelson bubble pendants hang over a rustic oak table, which
sits on a black-slate tile floor.