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ing and living areas — and the harbor and
cityscape beyond. She worked with Rosemary Porto, senior designer and sales manager at Poggenpohl Boston, to build the perfect kitchen area. The textured teak-finished
cabinetry, which camouflages most appliances, is free of visible hardware, giving it a
sleek look that makes it feel as if it is part of
the living space.
Good traffic flow is an important element
in designing a home, says Najnigier, so an easy
and efficient connection between kitchen and
living and dining spaces was key. So was the
pared-down sensibility attained by removing
the baseboards along every wall. “No contractor wanted to do this,” she says. “It’s a
challenge because it requires so much work
and you can see every imperfection that baseboards can hide. But I really wanted a clean
look. In the end, it came out exactly how I
wanted it.” She looked to Randolfo Marchetti,
contractor at Metropole Contracting in Everett, Massachusetts, to take on the task. Without the mouldings, the walls seem taller and
the overall look is more modern.
najnigier’s goal was to hide any appliance or hardware that screamed kitchen. Her Miele
vent hood slides from underneath the cabinets when needed, and each Poggenpohl cabinet
opens with hidden touch latches so there’s no bulky hardware.