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Striking Hamptons Showhouse Kitchen

Designer Gary Ciuffo elevates a Hamptons kitchen with a splash of European élan

Written by Sally Finder Weepie
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    Many travelers return from Europe with a suitcase full of zeal. Gary Ciuffo unpacked his in an intriguing place—a kitchen inside the 2017 Hampton Designer Showhouse. “I was inspired by Italian design,” says Ciuffo, president of Ciuffo Cabinetry in New York. “I wanted to bring that European-modern flair into a Hamptons kitchen.”

    Ciuffo began with a base rooted in classic Hamptons fashion, constructing banks of soaring white transitional-style cabinetry. Applied moldings on doors and crown molding at the ceiling ensure the space has enviable architectural bones. Continuing the airy elegance, a backsplash of Calacatta marble tiles wraps the range wall.

    White cabinets by Ciuffo Cabinetry are accented by brass elements, including Kallista faucets and Armac Martin hardware.

    Photography: Werner Straube
    Produced by Jenny Bradley Pfeffer

    Interior designer: Gary Ciuffo, Ciuffo Cabinetry, 95 Brook Ave., Deer Park, NY 11729; 631/586-5976;

    White cabinets and walnut wall and ceiling custom: Ciuffo Cabinetry;
    Countertop “Dreis” polished Silestone: Cosentino;
    Satin brass pulls Carlton collection: Armac Martin;
    Tile Calacatta marble: Crossville;
    Steam oven: Wolf;
    Stools “Chain”: Jayson Home;
    Glass shelving custom: Ciuffo Cabinetry;
    Bowls, cups, and dishware: Michael Del Piero Good Design;

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    Black-and-White Kitchen

    To this light canvas, Ciuffo introduced drama and warmth with natural wood. “During our travels, we saw a lot of wood walls and wood ceiling panels,” he says. He translated that inspiration into a span of walnut that runs from the sink backsplash on one side of the work zone, across the ceiling, and down the other side of the kitchen, where the rich wood cloaks built-in refrigerator and freezer columns.

    Then, for a touch of shimmering glam, Ciuffo had a series of solid-brass bars routed into the wood. The eye-catching lines repeat on the custom range hood and island—and are echoed by statuesque brass pendants, hardware, and faucets. “The brass is unlacquered,” Ciuffo says, “so, through the years, that live finish will turn and further blend with the walnut tones.”

    Dark and light artfully blend in this kitchen by Gary Ciuffo for the 2017 Hampton Designer Showhouse. Appliances are from Sub-Zero/Wolf.

    White and walnut cabinets and ceiling custom: Ciuffo Cabinetry;
    Satin brass pulls Carlton collection: Armac Martin;
    Tile Calacatta marble: Crossville.;
    Appliances 30-inch microwave, 30-inch steam oven, 40-inch all-gas range and hood, integrated refrigerator and freezer: Sub-Zero Wolf;
    Pendant lights “McCarren Globe”: Ralph Lauren; Island and countertops: “Blanco Orion” and “Dreis” polished Silestone: Cosentino;
    Faucet “Deck-Mount Bridge Kitchen Faucet” in unlacquered brass: Kallista;
    Stools “Chain”: Jayson Home;
    Glass shelving custom: Ciuffo Cabinetry;
    Bowls, cups, and dishware: Michael Del Piero Good Design;

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    Striking Contrasts

    Quartz on perimeter countertops and the island bar is dark and dramatic, with deep brown undertones to pair with the wood. “We did a lot of sampling on tones for the wood finish,” Ciuffo says. “I wanted something warm that would blend with the kitchen’s stone elements.” Providing a perfect counterpoint to the moody hues, light tones come from natural-wood floors and sculptural bar stools—brought in by Michael Del Piero, the Chicago tastemaker who styled the space and designed the adjoining dining area.

    Calacatta marble wall tile from Crossville contrasts with dark perimeter countertops made of polished “Dreis Nebula” Silestone by Cosentino.

    Backsplash tile Calacatta marble: Crossville;
    Mortar and pestle: Michael Del Piero Good Design;

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    Sweet Shades

    Hunter Douglas window shades specified by Del Piero lend a touch of softness to the room, outfitted with chef-worthy pro-grade appliances. Additional utility hides behind the cabinetry, which features interior lighting and built-in outlets and charging stations.

    “Alustra Retreat” in Pure: Hunter Douglas;

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    Brass Touch

    Brass also gives knobs on the Wolf range a jewelry-like appearance. It all adds up to a space where high function meets good looks—and a bit of unexpected glamour.

    Range Knobs—
    Range: Wolf;

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    Hardworking Countertop

    “We took the light, comfortable Hamptons kitchen that everyone is used to and gave it warmth and drama with wood and brass,” Ciuffo says. “We’re showing a way to go beyond the simple white kitchen and bring in some personal style, some fun, some artistry—and I think that’s important for every kitchen design.”

    The island work surface is “Blanco Orion” Silestone.

    “Blanco Orion” polished Silestone: Cosentino;

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    Pretty Pendants

    Statuesque brass pendants are by Ralph Lauren Home.

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