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Kitchen of the Week: A Serene and Sculptural Kitchen in Brooklyn Heights by Shapeless Studio

What does it look like when two disparate spaces become one? Hopefully so seamless a visitor will barely be able to tell where one once ended and the other began.

Such was the result when Andrea Fisk and Jess Thomas Hinshaw of Shapeless Studio Architecture & Interiors combined two warehouse-like units in a Civil War-era building in Brooklyn Heights into one spacious, bright apartment (see It Takes Two: A Pair of Brooklyn Heights Apartments Reconfigured Into One, by Shapeless Studio). “Before the renovation, the space was pretty unexciting,” says Andrea. “There were some exposed brick walls and small rental-quality kitchens that seemed at least 20 years old (one in each apartment).”

Today we’re taking a closer look at the finished kitchen that (thankfully) took the place of the two rough rental kitchenettes—an instance where one is actually much (much) better than two.

Photography by Hagan Hinshaw, courtesy of Shapeless Studio Architecture & Interiors.

the newly stitched together and reconfigured layout takes advantage of natural  9
Above: The newly stitched together and reconfigured layout takes advantage of natural light, starting with a dark-painted entryway that opens into the living space. The walls in the living area are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Cloud Cover, chosen out of a lineup for its cool, quiet effect; the kitchen counter is at right.
the kitchen, with black cabinetry and counters, is by henrybuilt. the wall behi 10
Above: The kitchen, with black cabinetry and counters, is by Henrybuilt. The wall behind the counter is done over in water-resistant plaster, Andrea notes, so that it can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. The sconces are the Trapeze 1 fixtures by Apparatus.
a slim ledge keeps cooking utensils and cutting boards off of the counter. clin 11
Above: A slim ledge keeps cooking utensils and cutting boards off of the counter. Clinton Hill light wood flooring from Brooklyn-based Madera replaced the standard-issue apartment floors.
the kitchen’s secret to success? a wall of cabinets at right that h 12
Above: The kitchen’s secret to success? A wall of cabinets at right that hides away most all of the essentials, including the fridge, wall ovens, and a full-height pantry. “That wall is a real workhorse of kitchen storage,” Andrea says. The custom kitchen table is by Armada.

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