A renovation puts avid angler, adventurous chef, and gracious
host, Boston Ballet’s Mikko Nissinen, center stage
written by jaci conry • photographed by greg premru
Between international tours and long hours working with danc- ers in the studio in Boston, Mikko Nissinen, artistic director of the Boston Ballet, has little free time. When he does have a break in his schedule, the avid tuna fisherman heads out on the open ocean in his boat, Koi, a 30-foot Boston whaler with a custom tuna tower that he docks in Marshfield, Massachusetts. Back on dry land, his favorite way to unwind is preparing and serving his
catch to guests at his home in Boston’s South End.
But the kitchen where Helsinki native Nissinen, who danced with the
Finnish National Ballet and served as executive director of Canada’s Alberta
Ballet before taking on his current role in 2001, had been cooking and enter-
taining for years was neither efficient nor comfortable. In what was arguably
an open floor plan, the kitchen was located between the living and dining areas
on the main level of his two-story unit. Dated, lacking adequate counter space
and storage, and segregated by a cramped peninsula, the kitchen was confining the island’s red hue makes it the focal point of the kitchen (top). Cabinets are painted Urbane Bronze, a custom color mixed by
Metropolitan Cabinets. Mikko Nissinen (above) sits in the living room,
which now has a view to the kitchen thanks to the reorientation of space. architecture joseph kennard architects inc.