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Glimmering Showhouse Kitchen

The 2016 Hampton Designer Showhouse kitchen reflects a move toward transitional style

Written by Sally Finder Weepie
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    Hamptons homes haven’t shed a single shingle of their classic style, but they are receiving a cool, contemporary architectural update that’s generating new creativity in interior design—including kitchen spaces.

    “We’re seeing black exterior window frames, light floors, more glass and metal,” says Robert Bakes, president of kitchen design firm Bakes & Kropp and designer of the 2016 Hampton Designer Showhouse kitchen. “Homes have become more transitional in style, and we wanted to create something that spoke to that.” 

    For starters, Bakes and business partner Paul Kropp, the company’s CFO and a master craftsman, came up with a new cabinetry door style, “Revelane,” inspired by the evolution of Hamptons style. “It’s cleaner and sleeker,” Bakes says.

    High function and high style meet in this kitchen and breakfast area. The work zone connects with an island that offers prep space on one side, gathering space on the other. CR Laine upholstered bar stools and chairs add a soft touch that balances sleek Silestone by Cosentino countertops. 

    Interior designers: Robert Bakes and Paul Kropp, Bakes and Kropp, 200 Lexington Ave., Suite 430, New York, NY 10016, and 3253 Noyac Rd., Sag Harbor, NY 11963; 888/206-0015, 

    Wall paint (“Winter’s Gate” #28-29); ceiling paint (“Designer White” #33-1): Pratt & Lambert,
    Wall tile (“Yin + Yang”/Moon Gate #YY07, 11/2 x 61/2 brick, with metal inserts): Crossville,
    Floor tile: stained 5-inch white oak.
    Cabinetry (“Revelane”); cabinetry hardware (“Quinton” by Armac Martin); range hood (custom): Bakes and Kropp,
    Beige finish on cabinetry drawers; island countertop: custom stained ash.
    Countertop (“Arctic”): Silestone by Cosentino,
    Apron-front sink (“Strive” #K-5415-NA); island undermount sink (“Prolific Under-Mount Single Bowl Kitchen Sink” #K-5540-NA); faucets (“Purist Two-Hole Deck-Mount Bridge Kitchen Sink Faucet”/Vibrant Polished Nickel #K-7548-4-SN): Kohler,
    Range (“48-inch Dual-Fuel Pro Grand Range with Steam”); insert (“Griddle and Grill Professional Custom Insert”); warming drawer (“36-inch Convection Warming Drawer for Custom Panel Installation”); microwave in island (“24-inch Built-In MicroDrawer”); dishwasher (“Panel Ready Star-Sapphire 24-inch 6 Programs and 5 Options”); refrigerator drawer (“Under-Counter Double Drawer Refrigerator:): Thermador,
    Silver salt and pepper shakers on range (“Tavola Large Salt Mill” and “Tavola Large Pepper  Mill”); large pitcher (“Tuscan Pitcher”); medium pitcher (“Tuscan Tall Pitcher”); small pitcher (“Perlina Pitcher”); bowl holding fruit (“Tuscan Large Footed Bowl with Handles”): Arte Italica,
    Counter stools (“Bess Counter Stool”/Dune finish #3048); counter-stool fabric (“Dempsey”/Pumice): CR Laine,
    Lights over island (“Baxter Medium Hanging Shade” #RL5116, by Ralph Lauren for Visual Comfort): Circa Lighting,
    Window casings and crown moulding (“Very Square Scene III”/White Oak): Metrie,

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    Cool Zone

    A hand-painted gloss-white finish on cabinetry paired with a custom beige stain on ash drawer fronts layers in interest. The sandy beige echoes the ash island base, while the gloss finish, Bakes says, brings depth and luxury.

    Glimmering metals provide the design’s edgy accent mark. Sleek and slim cabinetry hardware is polished nickel, as are the custom hinges created by Bakes for the dual refrigerator/freezer unit. Its stainless-steel doors contrast with the white-painted cabinetry surround. 

    A glass-front Thermador wine refrigerator slips into the center of the cold-storage wall.

    Refrigerators (“36-inch Built-In Fridge, Bottom Freezer); wine refrigerator (“18-inch Built-In Wine Preservation Column”): Thermador,

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    Range Wall

    The metal melody continues in the cooking zone, where a stainless-steel range sits beneath a custom hood crafted of brushed steel and polished nickel.

    The designer kept function foremost, molding the primary work zone into a tight U-shape footprint, then working outward to create secondary activity centers. The range sits at the center of the action, just a step from the cold-storage cabinet on one side and the main sink on the other. 

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    Glimmering Backsplash

    Two-tone finishes on the Bakes & Kropp cabinetry harmonize with multihue Crossville tile from the Yin + Yang collection and  a Thermador range. Metal inserts glint from the natural-stone tile backsplash. 

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    Cleanup Area

    The sink’s apron-front style speaks to traditional design while its stainless-steel finish honors the home’s move toward a transitional vibe. Likewise, the bridge -faucet stays current with clean lines and a polished-nickel finish. 

    A Kohler apron-front sink and bridge faucet meld classic forms with contemporary finishes.

    Countertop (“Arctic”): Silestone by Cosentino,
    Apron-front sink (“Strive” #K-5415-NA); faucets (“Purist Two-Hole Deck-Mount Bridge Kitchen Sink Faucet”/Vibrant Polished Nickel #K-7548-4-SN): Kohler,

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    Kitchen Island

    An island parallel to the range wall offers a secondary sink and prep space on one side, casual bar stool seating on the other. Quartz tops the washed-ash island base and perimeter counters, continuing the kitchen’s sleek, chic look while not stealing too much attention. “We wanted to let the cabinetry speak, so we kept the counters simple,” Bakes says. 

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    Breakfast Table

    Between the island and glass doors leading out to the patio—and alongside a light-filled window seat—Bakes placed an antique X-base breakfast table under a leather-and-polished-nickel chandelier. 

    Chandelier (“Westbury Triple Tier Chandelier” #RL5184, by Ralph Lauren for Visual Comfort): Circa Lighting,
    Dining table: English Country Antiques,
    Dining chairs (“Valarie Dining Chair”/Dune finish #6525); chair fabric (“Suri”/Pumice); banquette pillows, from left (“Bengal”/colorway discontinued; “Molly Dot”/Daffodil; “Cherish”/Cocoa): CR Laine,
    Banquette seat cushion: Kravet,
    Dinner plate (“Finezza Dinner”); pasta/cereal (“Volterra”); flatware (“Isabella”); stemware (“Valentina”); butter dish (“Tuscan”); hurricanes (“Lucia Large Hurricane”): Arte Italica,
    Placemats: HomeGoods,
    Coffee machine (“24-inch Fully Automatic Built-In Coffee Machine”/Stainless Steel): Thermador,

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    Drinks Central 

    Convenient to the table, two cabinetry units separated by the window seat stretch to the crown molding, offering a wealth of storage and handy beverage service. The unit closest to the island houses a coffee center, while the one on the patio side boasts a wine-storage niche. 

    A Thermador coffee center and beverage cooler drawer team up to serve refreshing sips.

    Coffee machine (“24-inch Fully Automatic Built-In Coffee Machine”/Stainless Steel); beverage cooler drawer below coffee machine (“24-inch Built-In MicroDrawer”): Thermador,  

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    Wine Station 

    The twin cabinets continue the designer’s attention to pleasing symmetry. “I like a sense of balance, without being driven by it,” Bakes says. “I also love the way this space flows so easily from one area to another. It makes for a kitchen that’s easy to live in.”

    Bakes & Kropp cabinetry includes a custom wine storage unit with pullout serving trays.

    Wine storage cabinet (custom, with pull-out wine racks): Bakes and Kropp,

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