Arts and Living

All the right ingredients in Mark Furstenberg's kitchen

When assembling the ingredients for Mark Furstenberg's new Kalorama kitchen, designer Beverly Farrington focused on function, cost-effectiveness and comfort to please the famed breadmaker. Here are some specifics:

Countertops to match the task.

Furstenberg wanted two work areas, one for baking and one for cooking. The classic choice, honed Carrara marble, is great for making bread and rolling out pastry. The oak butcher block in the cooking area provides the perfect chopping surface, plus it adds warmth and was economical.

Large, deep sinks.

Two 30-by-17-by-9-inch sinks made of Blanco's Silgranit, a natural stone composite, were installed for easy cleanup of large pots and pans. They also hide a dinner party's worth of dirty dishes. The sink in the baking area is white; in the cooking area, slate gray. The height of the Blanco commercial-style satin nickel spray faucet (Model 440630) allows you to attack the deepest baked-on stock pot with ease.

Tile backsplash.

The bluish-gray ceramic tiles from Ideal Tile store in Northwest bring in subtle color.

Restaurant-style metal shelving.

Nexel's metro-style wall-mounted shelving is easy to clean and is adjustable. Because he has worked in commercial kitchens for decades, Furstenberg wanted to keep that look for his own.

Lighting for many tasks.

Fortunately, large windows in the kitchen provide a lot of natural illumination. Farrington and Furstenberg added three types of lighting from Ikea: track lighting, under-cabinet lighting and inside-cabinet lighting.

A comfortable floor to stand on.

Eco-friendly cork was chosen because it's the most forgiving choice for cooks who are on their feet all the time. Cork is durable and absorbent. They selected a warm honey color from Lumber Liquidators.

Flexibility for baking.

Two under-counter stainless-steel ovens were installed. The cooking area has a Capital commercial-style gas range with four burners, a grill and an oven. In the baking area, there is a Miele electric wall oven.

Stainless-steel major appliances.

Furstenberg bought a Bosch dishwasher, which he isn't fond of because he doesn't like the way the dishes dry. The Maytag fridge with bottom freezer is working well for him.

Off-the-shelf cabinets.

Instead of costly custom cabinets, they chose natural maple cabinets by Aristokraft, available in standard sizes. The upper cabinets were dressed up with a coat of Steely Gray paint by Sherwin Williams and given frosted-glass fronts. The Spann hardware by Ikea is brushed nickel.

Open shelves.

Furstenberg likes to keep frequently used items within easy reach. His pot lids are lined up on maple racks from the Container Store.

A place to hang pots.

The large pot rack of hammered steel is from

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