kitchen + bath
‘When we were in Japan,” says Kirk Chao, “Yuki started watching those American remodeling shows on the Home & Garden network,” referring to the two years his wife’s work relocated the cou- ple and their daughter, Sydney, now 10, to a mod- ern apartment in Tokyo. It was there, in the city of
her birth, that Yuki started dreaming about how they could translate that look in
their Cambridge, Massachusetts, condominium. Due to a reality show’s warped
sense of time, however, where a yearlong project might be truncated to a few shows,
Yuki thought that renovating a kitchen and three bathrooms could be done in a
matter of weeks. So when she realized they would be back in Cambridge but renting a furnished apartment for two months while they waited for their furniture to
arrive by slow boat from Japan, she was on it. “Plenty of time for a renovation!”
she says with a laugh.
To hit the ground running, they contacted Carter Williams of LDa Architecture & Interiors in Cambridge while still abroad. The Chaos had liked what Williams had done with a neighbor’s kitchen and made an appointment to meet with
her the day their plane landed. It was at that jet-lagged meeting in July of 2013
the sink, with a distinctive faucet by Dornbracht, and a Miele cooktop fit neatly in the
space between the windows. The dishwasher is to the right of the sink and is finished in fir
veneer to blend with the rest of the cabinetry. In contrast, white Miele ovens (left) are
incorporated into the island’s design. The floor-to-ceiling pantry is purposely shallow to
allow for more floor space and make items stored within easier to find.